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Fraud email example:
From: award winner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 13:04:39 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 2010 South African World Cup Award Winner
2010 World Cup Award Program
From the desk of:
NO 11 RIVONIA ROAD SANDTON
DEAR SIR /MADAN
(CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR WINNING)
We happily announce to you the draw of South African 2010 World cup Bid
lottery Award International programs held in Zurich, Switzerland. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9465 75604546 with! Serial number 97563 drew the winning: 60/84/27/17/46, which subsequently won you the
lottery award in the 2nd category.
Your name has therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$2,000.000.00 (Two million United States Dollars) in cash credited to file KPC/9030108308/05. This is from a total cash prize of US $ 30,000,000.00 (Thirty million United States dollars) shared among the first 200 lucky winners in this category worldwide.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our lottery booklet representative office in South Africa as indicate in the play coupon. In view of this, your US$2,000.000(Two Million United States Dollars) would be released through the assistance of our agent in South Africa immediately he commences the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contacted him. Also your claim included with free flight ticket and one month hotel reservation in one of the five star hotels.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000,00 companies and
individual emails address.
The lottery program took place to promote South Africas 2010 world cup award. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims are 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 by some unscrupulous elements.
Please you are advised to file for your claim immediately through our agent
MR.PHILIP ANDERSON immediately you received this message because you stand a risk of loosing the prize if you fail to claim within a month from the day you received this notification.
Tel: +27-73 28 730 89
MR. MIKE KHUMALO
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