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Fraud email example:
From: EUROPEAN LOTO INTERNATIONAL <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 11:42:14 +0200
Subject: Final Draws 2005
EUROPEAN UNION INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL WINNERS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the
winners of the EURO STAKES (eul)LOTTERY
euro lottery programs held on the 24th of MAY,2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number
0767--45363763--254 with serial
number 2015--05 drew lucky numbers 44-5647-567 which
consequently won in the
This promotional program takes place every three years in
different developed countries,the lottery was promoted
and sponsored by the
President of the World Largest software,Bill Gates to
increase the awareness of
microsoft software packages.
All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from over 20,000
company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and
names from all over the world.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay
500,000,00 euros(Five hundred thousand euros)
in cash,credited to your file
with the Ref. Number:DH/4167/05 and Batch
This is from a total cash prize of US
$6.000.000.00(Six million Euros)shared among the
Twelve international winners in this category.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names we ask that
you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims
have been processed and your
money remitted to you.This is part of our security protocol in order to
avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
We hope with part of your winning you will take part
in our next year
24 million euro international lottery.
To file for your claims please contact our financial
Foreign Operations Manager,
of the (CapTrust Finance and Securities),
Remember all winning must be claimed not later than
28th of July,2005 thereafter all unclaimed funds will be included
in the next stake.
please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
to quote your reference and batch numbers in all first
furthermore,should there be any change of address do
inform our agent as soon as possible.
once more from our members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotional program.
note:anybody under the age of 18 is automatically