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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 02 Jan 1998 09:33:46 +0200
Subject: [Shaw Suspected Junk Email] CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON
PROMOTERS FLASH LOTTO ORG, MELVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA
NOTIFICATION OF YOUR LOTTO WINNING
we are pleased to inform you Saturday 25th June , 2005 as
one of the lucky winners of the NATIONAL ELECTRONIC LOTTERY
INC draws, held on Friday 24th June,2005 as part of Our
e-business promotional 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 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 23457677/2004 BATCH NUMBER:
79-124-WAN with serial number 818-09 drew the lucky numbers
2-9-22-23-24-30 and consequently won in the second quarter
of the 2005 year draw.
You have therefore been approved for lump sum pay out of
US$2,200,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for
First category winners. This is from the total prize money
of US$15,000,000.00 shared
among the seven winners in the First category.
Your winnings should be claimed from our paying Agents here
in South Africa As we have notified them. Due to the mix-up
that may arise from emails of winners and numbers we ask
that you keep this award strictly from public notice until
your claim has been processed and your money remitted to
you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this
We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in
our Middle of year (2005) high stakes US$1.1 billion
International Lottery.To begin your claim,
please contact our claims manager in our claims department.
MR. JOHN NKOSI
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER
For due processing and remittance of your prize money,
Remember you must contact your claim agent not later than
two weeks. All funds will be returned as unclaimed.
Congratulations Once Again
Mrs. Suzan De-Klerk