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Fraud email example:
From: "National Lottery Company" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 01 May 2005 13:34:50 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS WINNING NOTIFICATION
From Euro-Afro-American-Sweepstake Lottery
Headquarters: 1a, Bexon Court Carlton
Nottingham shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914
CONGRATULATIONS WINNING NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro- American
Sweepstake Lottery International programs held on the 26th April 2005 in
Essex United Kingdom. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564
75604545 188 with! Serial number 97560 drew the winning: 01/10/11/18/19/46,
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You have
therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$820,000.00 (Eighty
Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file
KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US $1100,000,00
Million dollars, shared amongst the first One Hundred and thirty (130) lucky
winners in this category world-wide.Please note that your lucky winning
number falls within our Afro booklet representative office in Africa as
indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your US$820,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand
United States Dollars)would be released to you by Absa Bank South Africa.Our
African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants were
selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and
extracted from over 10,000,00 companies. This promotion takes place
annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims is processed and your money
remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.This is
part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted
abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned. To
file for your claim, please contact our corresponding agent in South Africa
immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund,
contact information is as follow:
Dr Smith S Alexander (ESQ )
Direct Line: + 27 73-355 2420
Please be informed that all winning must be claimed on or before 25th May
2005. To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated agents or
us. Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program
that has successfully won this competition. Thank you for being part of our
promotional lottery program. As soon as you are in contact with our
agent,please keep us informed.
Mrs. Teresa Allan.
United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator.
United Kingdom zonal Secretary General.
Thank you for your Co-operation.