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Fraud email example:
From: Chris Renee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 05:40:23 +0200
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY,
10 NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE,
LONDON WC2N 5BX, THE UNITED KINGDOM.
ATTENTION: RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 28th, July 2005 of Winners of the SWEETWIN PROMO LOTTERY, UNITED KINGDOM / INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS held on 11th, July 2005.
Your e-mail address is attached to ticket number: 023-0148-790-459, with serial number 5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
It is our pleasure to inform you that you have emerged as a Category "B" winner of the SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand-America Dollars You have therefore been approved for lump sum pay Out of US$5,500.000.00 Million in cash credited to file REF NO.OYL/25041238013/02. This is from total prize Money Of US$80,400,000.00 shared among the seventeen International winners in this category. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as contained in your file.
In view of this, the Certified Bank Check of your Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand-America Dollars ($US5, 500.000.00) would be released to you by our security firm in London, United Kingdom. Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
As a category "B" winner, all participants for the free online lotto version were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through the computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 names / companies from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as Part of International Promotions Program, which is Conducted Bi-Annually. After the computer ballot of our International Promotions Program, only first seventeen- (17) lucky winners emerged in this category.
This lottery program was organized by our group of philanthropist promoted and sponsored by Mr. Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc, eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei, Multi Choice and other corporate Organizations. This lottery program was organized to improve the use of computer software's and for the benefit of every Microsoft user.
Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, and for security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is being processed and your Certified Bank Cheque is being received by you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. So be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our Category "B" fiduciary agent who is your claims agent:
MR. ARTHUR BANNETT.
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
Vertex Finance Company.
For due processing and the delivery of your won prize to be sent to you through Certified Bank Check. Please do also send to your claim Agent your telephone / fax number and your contact address.
However, it should be noted that all won prize must be claimed not later than 8th of August 2005. Any claim not made before this date will be returned back to the SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO as unclaimed won prize.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and Complications, please remember to quote your Reference and batch numbers in your correspondences with your claim agent.
Furthermore, should there be any Change of your address, do inform our fiduciary agent who is your claims agent as soon as possible.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants Of This program. We hope with a part of your prize, you will Participate in our mid year high stakes US$1.3Billion International Lottery.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Ms. Chris Renee
The Promotions Manager,
SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY, UNITED KINGDOM.
N.B. any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.