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Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 08:04:06 -0800
CENTRO DE CIUDAD
21 PLANTA 2-A
28204, MADRID - SPAIN.
DATE: 17TH, MARCH., 2005.
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
REF NO: GLE/3441256002/04
BATCH NO: 15/0047/IPD.
ATTN: STICK WINNER.
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION, FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the release today of the results of the
GLOBAL LOTERIA ESPANA,SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/END OF YEAR HIGHSTAKE
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM held on 25th of September 2004.Your Email address
attached to the ticket number 11 - 23 - 34 38 48 49 46 750 with serial number
2113 - 05 drew the lucky numbers 13 - 15 - 22 - 37 - 39 - 45 which consequently
won the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved for
a lump sum payout of S$715,810.00 (SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND, EIGHT
HUNDRED AND TEN US DOLLARS) in cash credited to file REF.NO: GLE/3441256002/04.This
from a total cash prize of US$13,871,320.00 (THIRTEEN MILLION, EIGHT HUNDRED
AND SEVENTY ONE THOUSAND, THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY US DOLLARS) shared among
the seventeen international winners in this category.
Your fund is now deposited with a security company insured in your name.
Due to mixed up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award
from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted
to your nominated account, as this is a part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by
participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system
drawn from 25,000 Individual Email addresses and Names from USA, New Zealand,
Europe and Asia as part of our end of year international program, which
we conduct once every year. We hope with a part of your prize money, you
will take part in our mid year (summer) high stake US$1.6 billion international
lottery. To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent,
MR. THOMASSON STEVEN,
Foreign Operations Manager,
EUROCITY GRUPO SEGURIDAD S.A.
DIRECT-FAX-LINE: +44207 6811 752
DIRECT-PHONE-LINE:- +44 70 40 11 3778
on Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account
of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than
one month of this Notification. After this date all funds will be returned
to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA 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 us or your agent Furthermore, should there be any change of your address,
do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from
all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our promotion
Finally, if you are below the age of 18 years , you are Automatically Disqualified.
MRS. SYLVIA RAUL.
INTL LOTERIA PRIMITIVA.
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