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Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2005 06:29:30 +0200
Subject: ++YOU HAVE WON++
FROM: THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD
ATTENTION: (REFERENCE NUMBER: LXE-504K23-06 BATCH NUMBER: 987-XP36)
THIRD CATEGORY WINNER
After a successful completion of the third category draws of the GREYHOUND
SWEEPSTAKES SPECIAL, held on 5TH JANUARY 2005, we are pleased to inform
you of the official announcement today that you have emerged one of the winners of the GREYHOUND SWEEPSTAKES SPECIAL
PROGRAMS, which is part of our promotional draws. Participants were selected
through a computer ballot system drawn from 36,000 names/email addresses of
individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia,
Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our International
You/Your company, attached to ticket number 234-69-2167, with serial number
425-70 drew the lucky numbers 10, 60, 71, 66, 12, 32, (20), and consequently
won in the Third Category. You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay
out of US$2.600,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for third
category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$109,010,000.00
from which eight international winners in the Third category will be shared.
Your fund is now deposited with GREYHOUND FINANCIAL SERVICES, insured in your
name. To avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you
keep this award strictly from public notice until the entire process of
transferring your claims has been completed, and your certified banker's
Cheque sent to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We also wish
to bring to your notice our end of year (2005 high stakes where you stand a
chance of winning up to US$1.1 billion; we hope that with a part of your
prize you will participate.
Please contact your claims agent immediately, to begin your claims process;
MR. DAVID MANSONDO.
SENIOR CLAIMS EXECUTIVE,
GREYHOUND FINANCE & INSURANCE LTD.
FAX : +27-73-7006921
for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice. Remember, you must contact your claims agent within
a week of receiving this mail.
NOTE: To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to
quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every one of your
correspondence with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: LXE-504K23-06
BATCH NUMBER: 987-XP36
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part
of our promotions program.
THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
GREYHOUND SWEEPSTAKES SPECIAL.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail. Rather, contact your
claims agent whose credentials are listed above