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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 17:14:05 -0800
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
Please contact to this
DEAR: SIR / MADAM,
FINAL NOTICE OF AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 30th May. 2005, of winners
of the PROMOTERS FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA / INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS,
held on 30TH March 2005 as part of our promotional draws. Participants were selected
through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals
and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle
East, and New Zealand as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
You qualified for the draw as a result of you visiting various websites we are
running the e-business
Promotions for. You/Your Company, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with
serial number 513-10 drew the lucky numbers 2, 5, 9, 22, 23, 24, 30 and consequently
won in the Second Category. You have therefore been approved for lump sum pay out of
US$10,300,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category winners.
This is from the total prize money of US$72,100,000.00 (Seventy-two million one
hundred thousand united state dollars) shared among the Seven international winners
in the Second category.
Your fund is now deposited with the STALLION SECURITY & FINANCE COMPANY (P.T.Y) LTD.
insured in your name. 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
your money 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 (2005) high
stakes US$1.3 Billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent immediately;
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
STALLION SECURITY & FINANCE COMPANY (P.T.Y) LTD.
50 SIVEWRIGHT AVENUE
PO BOX 16638
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of
Remember that you must contact your claim agent not later than 10th JUNE 2005.
After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to
quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every one of your
correspondences with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: FLS-ZR39-825P-4
BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
PROMOTERS FLASH LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA.
25 RICHARDS RYLAAN, AUCKLAND PARK 0083
JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG 2001
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
disqualification. Please do not reply to this mailbox. Contact your claims agent
through his email contact above