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Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 17:55:18 +0100
FROM: THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "c" DRAWS
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the
results of the Category "C" draws of MEGA LOTTERY
We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a
winner under the First Category, which is part of our
promotional draws.The draws were held prior to your
notification. Participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn from 4,000,000
names/email addresses of individuals and companies
from America, Asia, Australia,Africa, Canada,
Europe,Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our
International Promotions Program.
You/Your Company, attached to ticket number
3322/6181-22,with serial number 92-71 drew the lucky
numbers 19, 21, 25, 30,41,44 (22), and consequently
won in the Category "C".
You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of
EURO 850.000 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euro)in cash, which is the
winning payout for Category "C"winners.
This is from the total prize money of £1.7,000.000
shared among the 2 international winners in this
Your funds are now deposited with A BANK, a reputable
BANK, insured in your name. In your best interest and
also to avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind,
we request that you keep the entire details of your
award strictly from public notice until the process of
transferring your claims has been completed, and your
funds remitted to your account. This is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants/nonparticipants of
Please contact your claims officer immediately, to
begin your claims process;
Mr. Morris Donaldson
MEGA LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
For due processing and remittance of your prize money
to a designated account of your choice.
Remember, you must contact your claims agent not later
than two weeks after the receipt of this mail. After
this date,all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: For easy reference and identification find below
your reference and Batch numbers. Note that you are to
forward this email along with your phone and address to the agents in your
first correspondence with them, whether by email.
REFERENCE NUMBER: GLI/CLOL/CU17-C839213801
BATCH NUMBER: 1833-TH
Congratulations once again from all our staff and
thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Mrs. Phillip Morton
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