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Fraud email example:
From: "maggi clark" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 02 Jul 2005 11:30:24 +0000
Subject: UK PRIME LOTTERY SERVICE
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
UK PRIME LOTTERY SERVICE
Macclesfield, United Kingdom.
Customer's Service Center
Ref Number: UK/910/16454
Batch Number: VC/32/ID1141
We happily announce to you the result of the UK PRIME LOTTERY programs held
yesterday the 30th of June in ENGLAND AND WALES. Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number 5224652456UT with serial number 0098/UK0204, batch
number VC/32/ID1141, lottery ref number UK/910/16454 and drew lucky numbers
03-01-15-20-34-33-07 which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have
therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of ₤850,000(Eight
hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file
KLTT/KTU/2004ETN.This is from a total cash prize of ₤8.5 Million
Pounds, shared amongst the first TEN (10) lucky winners in this second
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims has been Processed and your money
Remitted to you. This is part of our security Protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous
elements. Be informed that all participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from over 40,000 company and 20,000,000 individual email
addresses from all over the world. This promotional program takes place
every year and it is promoted and sponsored by Association of software
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
MR THOMAS LEE
UK PRIME LOTTERY
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Remember, all winning in this second category must be claimed not later than
31st of July, 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in
the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch
numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being
part of our promotional program. Note that you must contact your claims
agent within one week of receipt of this notice.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
MRS. MAGGI CLARK
UK PRIME LOTTERY SERVICE
NOTE: DO NOT REPLY THIS MAIL. YOU ARE TO CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS OFFICER