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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 22:20:48 -0800
Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION
FORTUNE CITY LOTTERY.
Stadhouderskade 12 Amsterdam,1054 ES
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTION MANAGER
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
ATTN: AWARD WINNER.
AWARD NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today,December 18th,
2004,of winners of the FORTUNE CITY LOTTERY/ INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS held
November 1st, 2004.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number
FCL101/13/75,Fortune City Lottery code number:FCL101NL drew the lucky numbers
and consequently won in 2nd category .
Note that No tickets were sold, all participants in this lottery
program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn
over 25,000 addresses individuals and companies from all search engines
web sites. This promotional program takes place every year, and is promoted
sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei,Bill Gates
Microsoft Inc and other Corporate Organisations. This is to encourage the
use of the
internet and computers worldwide.You have therefore been approved for a
lump sum payment of
5,000,000.00EURO(FIVE MILLION) in cash credited to file REF NO.REF: FCL/04/721229143/NL
This is from total prize money 75,000,000.00EURO(SEVENTY FIVE MILLION
EURO)shared among the fifteen international winners in the 2nd
Your fund is now deposited with a Finance/Consulting House and insured
in your name.Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you
award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and
your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol
to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this
program.To begin your claim,please contact your claims officer/Agent immediately
of Greenwood consultants ltd.
CHIEF FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
GREENWOOD CONSULTANTS LTD
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice. Remember,you must contact your claims officer not
later than one week from the receipt of this mail.After this date, all funds
be returned as unclaimed.All correspondences to KELVIN NOBLE by email
should have this email sent along with it and also, your email address to
this email is sent,should be clearly and boldly written in your response.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference number in every one of your correspondences
with your officer.Furthermore,should there be any change of your address,
inform your claims officer as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part
of our promotions program.
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