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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 15:11:37 +0200
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
AMERSFOORT INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY FROM: PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF: A/M 2418/6-076
ATTN: LUCKY WINNER,
WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE:
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the of the AMERSFOORT International
Lottery programs held on the 14th of oct 2004. Your e-mailaddress attached
to ticket number 241918906-076 with game Number 54568 drew lucky numbers
16,18,29,33,37,42 which consequently won. You have therefore been approved
for a lump sum pay out of ?250.000.00 Euro .(two Hundred and Fifty Thousand)
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
over 100.000.00 company and 50.000.00 individual email addresses and names
from Middel East, Asia, Africa,Canada,Europe North and south America, Oceania
and around the world. To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary
Mr. HANS JOOST,
ASCONA AGENT B.V
Tel: +31 650 903 351
Emails:firstname.lastname@example.org@tin.it, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your Winning
information confidential until your claims have been processed. This is
part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse
of this program by some participant.
Please, note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your winning
certificate. Be notify also that all winnings must be claimed not later
than 24th oct 2004. After this date all unclaimed winnings will be null
and void. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember
to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agents
as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Sandra J. Goldberg
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