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Fraud email example:
From: "cashout lotto" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2004 00:11:25 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS:WINNING NOTIFICATION(CASHOUT LOTTO BV)
CASHOUT LOTTO BV
CASHOUT PLAZA, SUITE 1102A
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
We happily announce to you the draw of the CASH-OUT LOTTOS Sweepstake
Lottery nternational programs held today the 22nd OF OCTOBER,2004 IN THE
NETHERLANDS.This is a computer generated lottos of internet users using
email addresses as draws.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 275-1085-8862-005 with Serial
number 8786-35 drew the lucky numbers: 5 16 22 36 37 65, which subsequently
won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 850.000EUROS(Eight
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euro)in cash credited to file
OYL/265104060037/02.This is from a total cash prize of US $ 25 Million
dollars, shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This
promotion takes place annually. Please note that your lucky winning number
falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as
indicated in your play coupon.In view of this, your 850.000EUROS(Eight
Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euro) would be released to you by our payment
office in europe. Our European agent will immediately commence the process
to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you
in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be
warned. To file for your claim, please contact your claims agent:
MR MARTINS LEVASQUE.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated
agent. Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
SIR HENRY BERNARD.
CASH-OUT LOTTO Co-ordinator
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS OFFICE MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT YOUR
CLAIMS AGENT ABOVE. ALSO MAKE SURE YOU SEND DOWN YOU PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
YOUR CLAIMS AGENT FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION.