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Fraud email example:
From: "info info" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 13:03:47 +0000
Subject: AWARD WINNING : SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTERY.
FROM: THE DESK OF THE AWARDS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
BLUE CHIPS ELECTRONIC LOTTERY INC.
Notification of your prize winning:
We are pleased to inform you from BLUE CHIPS ELECTRONIC LOTTERY INC. of the
announcement Monday the 29th of August, 2005 as one of the lucky winners of
The BLUECHIPS ELECTRONIC LOTTERY INC.draws,held on Saturday the 27th of
August,2005 as part of Our e-business /promotional excercise.
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 ele! ctronic 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: SEL-PD23-711W-9 BATCH NUMBER:
79-124-WAN with serial number 215-18 drew the lucky numbers 12, 19,
27,30,34, 52, 89, and consequently won our e-business bonanza (2005) lottery
draw.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
US$1,500,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for First category
winners. This is from the total prize money of US$8,400,000.00 shared among
the seven winners in the First category.
Your winnings is to be claimed from our paying Agent.(POLOKWANE FINANCE &
SECURITY COMPANY LTD)As we have deposited your prize with them. Due to the
! mixup that! may arise from emails of winners and numbers we a sk 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 the public.
To begin your claim,contact your claims agent/paying company.
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER
POLOKWANE FINANCE & SECURITY COMANY LTD.
For due processing and remittance of your prize money, you must contact your
claim agent on or before the 15 of September,2005.After this date, all
funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every
one of your correspondences with your claims agent.
REFERENCE N! UMBER: SEL-PD23-711W-9
BATCH NUMBER: 79-124-WAN
Also to begin your Claim,send to your claims agent the following
1) BATCH AND REFFERENCE NUMBERS
2) FULL NAMES
3) MAILING ADDRESS
4) PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
6) AMOUNT WON.
8) I.D NUMBER OR DRIVER'S LICENSE NUMBER.
Congratulations once again from all our staff.
Blue Chips Electronic Lottery Inc. South Africa.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result
Do not reply to this mail box ensure to contact your claims agent
immediately either by email or telephone as stated above