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Fraud email example:
From: kyoLOTO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 13:45:32 +0100
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!!! tmbxd
DAYZERS EMAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION:
We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the
long awaited results of the end of year DAYZERS LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM held on the 15th
January 2005.You were entered as dependent clients
with: Reference Number:NM/BF3534654/FB13, and Batch
Your email address attached to the ticket number:
239707 drew the lucky winning number, which
consequently won the sweeptake in the first
category, in four parts.
You have been approved for a payment of
750,000.00euros(SEVEN HUNDRED & FIFTY THOUSAND THOUSAND EUROS ONLY.)in
cash credited to file reference number:IPL/4249859609/WP1.
This is from a total cash
prize of seven milliom, Five Hundred Thousand euros shared among the ten
international winners in first categories.
All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from 50,000 (Fifty thousand)
names of email users around the world, as part of
our end of year international promotion program.
Due to mixed up of some names and addresses, we ask
that you keep this award personal and confidential, till your claims
has been processed and your funds remitted to you.
This is part of our security measures to avoid
double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of
the situation by other participants or
To begin your claim,do file for the release of your
winning by contacting your/our accredited agent
BARRISTER AUSTIN FISH ESQ.
DAYZERS E.MAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
They are your agent, and responsible for the
processing and transfer of your winnings to you.
YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS W-91237-H°67/B4 (keep
personal) Remember, your winning must be claimed not
later than (10-2-05).failure to claim your
winning/fund will be added to next 10,000.000 euros
international lottery program.Furthermore, should
there be any change in your address, do inform your
claims agent as soon as possible.
Once again, Congratulations.
Mr.Goddie Van Dirk.
Lottery Co-ordinator International.