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Fraud email example:
From: "KENNETH ROGER" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 13:48:31 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
We happily announce to you the draw (#990) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
online Sweepstakes International program held on saturday June 18th
2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188 with
Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 06-08-18-33-43-49(bonus no.),
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus
bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £75,318 (
Seventy five thousand three hundred and eighteen pounds sterling) in cash
credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of £1,581,678 shared amongst the
first twenty one (21) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from
World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.
promotion takes place weekly.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
coupon. In view of this, your You have therefore been approved to claim a
sum of You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £75,318 (
Seventy five thousand three hundred and eighteen pounds sterling) would
be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Our European agents will immediately commence the process to facilitate
the release of your funds as soon as you contact them.
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.Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Mr Kenneth Roger.
For further clarification/verification of your claims, Please call on
any of our official numbers as stated in notification e-mail.
You can go to our online result site to confirm the value of your
winnings and also get a prize breakdown:-
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Richard K. Lloyd.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program