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Fraud email example:
From: "EL GORDO SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTER" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 19 May 2005 17:14:17 +0200
Subject: reply fast
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
REF NO: EGS/2551256003/02 BATCH NO: 14/0017/IPD
ATTN: PRIZE WINNER
RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION, FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the release today of the results of the
EL GORDO SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/END OF YEAR HIGHSTAKE INTERNATIONAL
PROGRAM held on 21st of July 2004.
Your name 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 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of US$715,810.00
(SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND TEN US DOLLARS)
in cash credited to file REF.NO: EGS/2551256003/02.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
selectedthrough a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 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
To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent, MR ANDREAS
BECKMANN, Foreign Operations Manager, I.T SECURITIES & FINANCE GmBH, ON
Tel: + 49-162540399 or EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com
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 30th May 2005. 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
Congratulations again from all members of our staff and thank you for
being a part of our promotion program.
MRS ITA WILLIAMS
VICE PRESIDENT. INTL LOTERIA PRIMITIVA.