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Fraud email example:
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 18:46:41 +0200
Subject: Congratulation you won a Lottery!!!!!!
Iwom Lotto. com
123 Table way Cambridge,
Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
FROM: PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We wish to inform you of the lottery draws held on 28th January 2005 to declare the winners of the IWOMLOTTO/ IWOM LOTTO INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS.
Your company, attached to ticket number 212-4725-20754-440, with serial number 412-01 drew the lucky numbers 32-46-1-13-37-34, and consequently won the lottery.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1, 200,000.00 Million Euro in cash credited to file REF NO: REF: ZAR/43282/2005. This is from total prize money of 120, 000,000.00 Million Euro shared among the seventeen international winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 17,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe and Middle East and Asia as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted monthly.
Your fund is now available for claim. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this 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 promotion.
We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes 100, 000,000 Million Euro International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent by fax;
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than Two Weeks after notice. 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 one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
IWOM SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY
***" YOUR CHANCE TO WIN BIG" ***