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Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 04:52:49 +0200
NOTIFICATION OF YOUR LOTTO WINNING
We are pleased to inform you from ZENEX LOTTERY. of the Lottery Held on 29TH of MAY 2005, which your
e mail address happens to, be One of our category (A) winner, from the announcement today 30th Febuary,2005
as one of our New Year lucky winners of the ZENEX LOTTERY draws. Participants in the draws were selected through a computer ballot System drawn from 2,500,000 e-mail 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 are qualified for the draw as a result of you visiting various websites we are running the Electronic-business promotions for You/Your Company e-mail address,
attached with REFERENCE NUMBER: ZAR 23457677/2005 BATCH NUMBER: 79-124-WAN with serial number
818-09 drew the lucky numbers 7-8-40-15-3-49 and consequently won our New Year (2005)lottery You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$2,200,000.00 in cash, this is the winning payout for First category Winners. This is from the total prize money of US$15.5 Million shared among the winners
in the First category.
Your winnings should be claimed from our paying Agents. (Greenland
Finance Limited) as we have notified them. Due to the mix-up that may arise from emails of winnersand numbers we ask that you keep this award strictly from public
notice untilyour claim has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of oursecurity protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by
participants of this program.
To begin your claim, please contact our paying agent/company who also
Will be your claims agent.
GREENLAND FINANCE LIMITED.
For due processing and remittance of your prize money, you are to
contact your claims agent not later than two weeks after notification. 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: ZAR 23457677/2005 BATCH
NUMBER: 79-124-WAN SERIAL NUMBER: 818-09 Also to begin your Claim send to your claims agent the Following
1) BATCH AND REFFERENCE NUMBERS
2) FULL NAMES
3) MAILING ADDRESS
4) PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
5) AMOUNT WON.
Congratulations once again from all our staff, you are obliged by the
management of this Organization that you are to donate Ten percent (10%) Of your
winning to charity organization here in South Africa.
THE AWARDS MANAGER,
ZENEX LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA.
9 CHURCH STREET
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail, Contact your claims agent