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Fraud email example:
From: Joseph Konko <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2005 07:25:27 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATION ,YOU HAVE WON.
ATTN.: Dear Winner,
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
SUNSWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY, THE NETHERLANDS. INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, ALFONSTRAAT B56, 1002 BS AMSTERDAM, THE
REF: OYL /26510460037/05
ATTENTION: RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 2nd April,2005, of Winners of the SUNSWEETWIN PROMO LOTTERY, THE NETHERLANDS/ INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS held on 15th March, 2005.
Your company/name, is attached to ticket number 023-0148-790-459, with serial number 5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43, and consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for lump sum pay Out of US$5,500.000.00 Million in cash credited to file REF NO.OYL/25041238013/05. This is from total prize Money Of US$80,400,000.00 shared among the seventeen
International winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer Ballot System drawn from 25,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as Part of International Promotions Program, which is
Your fund is now deposited with a Security company Insured.
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 remitted to your Account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants Of This program. We hope with a part of your prize, you will Participate in our mid year high stakes US$1.3Billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim Agent:
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
Vertex Finance Company: firstname.lastname@example.org
He will process and ensure the remittance of your prize Money to a designated bank account of your choice. Please send down your Telephone and Fax nos.
Remember that all prize money must be claimed not later than 20th APRIL, 2005. After this date, all funds Will Be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delay 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 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, SUNSWEETWIN LOTTO
PROMO LOTTERY, THE NETHERLANDS.