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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 08:00:05 -0800
FREE LOTTO WORLD-INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT,
WINNINGS/PRIZE CLAIM NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the official announcement on the 21st February,
2005 of winners of the 2004 LOTTOWORLD INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY, held on the
17th January, 2005. You or your company, attached to ticket number 318-776-2810,
with serial number 420-509 drew the lucky numbers 2-14-17-21-35-36-18, and
consequently won the lottery in the international category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of ?100,000.00 (One
Hundred Thousand Euros)! Congratulations!!!
This is from total prize money of EUR 2,000,000.00 shared among 20 winners
in this category. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system
drawn from existing 22,000,000 names/email addresses of individuals and companies
from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New
Zealand. It incorporates every place that we have stake as part of our social
responsibilities in all our operational bases. For the immediate processing
and collection of your prize money, Please contact today our Claim's Agent.
Mr. ANDY MORGAN
TRUST SECURITIES B.V,
Remember, you must contact our claim's agent not later than the 25th of March,
2005. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. All correspondences
to Trust Securities BV, either by PHONE CALL or E-MAIL. With your full Contact
Address, Country of residence, phone number and your email address. Please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers as stated above in every
one of your correspondences with your claim agent.
You can partake in the summer global stake to win a million euro! Indicate
by putting in your entry at www.freelotto.com
Congratulations once again.
Free Lotto World International,
N.B: Please do not reply to this email. Contact your claim agent by telephone,
or email as instructed above. YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE
BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE.
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