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Fraud email example:
From: NATIONAL POSTCODE LOTTERIJ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2005 16:52:27 +0200
Subject: You have won
FROM: THE DESK OF THE LOTTO CHANCELLOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF: XYL /26510460037/02
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE We are pleased to
inform you of the announcement today, 10th June,2005 of winners of the REAL EXCHANGE LOTTO
PROMO ,THE NATIONAL POSTCODE LOTTERIJ,INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AMSTERDAM held
on 10th may,2005,through computer ballot system
Your company/Your email,is attached to ticket
number 029-1568-790-459, with serial number 7063-10
drew the lucky numbers 43-10-42-37-10-43, and
consequently won the lottery
in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay
out of US$1,500,000.00 million in cash credited to file REF:XYL
This is from total prize money of US$90,000,000.00
shared among the seventeen international winners in
this category. All participants were selected through
a computer ballot system drawn form 30,000 names from
Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North
America, Asia, and Africa as part of International
Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
CONGRATULATIONS! Your fund is now deposited with a
Finance House 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
you prize, you will participate in our end of year
high stakes US$1.3 Billion Netherlands International Lottery. To begin your claim, please
contact our International claim agent;
Mr Peterson van Dijk
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER/CONSULTANT,
For due processing and remittance of your prize money
to a designated account of your choice. Remember, all
prize money must be claimed not later than 7th
July,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 in every one
of your correspondences with your agent.Furthermore,
should there be any change of your address, do inform
your claim's agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you
for being part of our promotions program.
Mr Rene Hoofddorp
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,REAL EXCHANGE LOTTO PROMO
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the
part of the winners will result to disqualification.
THANKS FOR WINNING.