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Fraud email example:
From: "BONO LOTTO/ PRIMITIVA" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 17:29:25 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATION,WINNING NOTIFICATION LETTER
BONO LOTTO/ PRIMITIVA
C/GUZMAN EL BUENO,137
MADRID - SPAIN
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION LETTER
YOUR REF: LP/26510460037/05
YOUR BATCH: 24/00319/IPD
We are pleased to inform you of the release today, 12th of FEBRUARY, 2005, of
the BONO LOTTO SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/INTER-NATIONAL PROGRAMS held on the 10th of FEBRUARY, 2005.
Your Email Address Name was attached to the Ticket number- 025 11464992-750 with
Serial number 2113-05 drew the Lucky number- 3-18-19-30-32-39, which
consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You are therefore have been approved for the lump sum pay out of Euros
394,861.07(Three Hundred And Ninety Four Thousand,Eight Hundred And SixtyOne,Seven cents Only.) in cash credited to the file REF: LP/26510460037/05,BATCH: 24/00319/IPD.This is from the total prize of Euros 10,000,000.00(Ten Million Euros) shared among the
Twenty Five (25)International winners in this category.
Your fund is now deposited with a Security Company EURO SECURITY AND
INSURANCE .S.A.. Due to the mixed up of some numbers and names, we ask
that you keep this award a top secret from the public notice until your
claim as been processed and your prize money remitted to your account
as this is a part of our Security protocol to avoid double claiming
award or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by nonparticipants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from 100,000 email addresses, names from Australia, Africa, USA, Europe, Asia
,New Zealand, Middle-East and South-North America .As part of our
international promotions program, which we conduct every February of every year. We
hope with a part of your prize, you will take part in our end of the
year high stake euros 150 Million International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact the issuing authority, your prize
claim agent, MR.FERNANDO GARCIAS,at EURO SECURITY AND INSURANCE .S.A.
(Foreign Operational Manager) for processing and remittance of your prize
money to your designated account of your choice. Tel: 0034 657 513 533, Fax: 0034 657 606 061. Email: email@example.com
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than the 13th of MARCH, 2005.
After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
Note: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every of your
correspondence with your agent.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform your
claiming agent as soon as possible.
Please remember to ask for your prize claim certificate.
Congratulations once again from all the member of our staff and thank you for
been part of our International Promotion Program.
MARIA JOSE SANCHEZ.
VICE PRESIDENT BONOLOTTO.