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Fraud email example:
From: "UK LOTTO PROMO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 09:49:50 +0000
Subject: winning notification
Batch No: WD18/0065/05RN
Our Ref: UKNL/255457004/05
Our Ref: UK-NL/0627/05
Dear our treasured lucky winner,
RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
The UK NATIONAL LOTTO is pleased to notify you of the release today as dated
"UK's National Lottery International Promotions programme held on friday the
26th,of August ,2005.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from 25,000 names from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand
Middle-East, Africa, and North & South America as part of our international
promotions programme conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas
We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take part in our subsequent
The result of our computer draw 844 of this day selected your names and
email address attached to Ticket Number 034-22478556 with serial number 129
drew the lucky number 16-25-27-32-35-43-42 which consequently won the
lottery grand prize awards in the 2nd category.
Therefore, you have been approved a lottory jackpot lump sum prize awards
winning of £3,950,280.00 (Three Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand,
Two Hundred and Eighty Pounds Sterling Only) in cash prize credited to file
Ref. No: UKNL/255457004/05. This is from the total prize of £18,486,220. 00
(Eighteen Million, Two Hundred and Eighty Six Thousand, Two Hundred and
Twenty Pounds Sterlings) shared among the Thirty Eight overseas lucky
winners in this category as part of our promotional programme for this year
2005. This is your opportunity!
Your prize awards has been insured in your names and ready for claim.
To begin your claims therefore, you are advised on final notice and as a
matter of urgency, to contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for
Overseas Lottery Winners for the processing of your prize awards winning and
payment to your designated bank account after all statutory obligations have
been concluded satisfactorily. Contact thus:
CASH POINT FINANCE UK LTD
A reputable finance firm in the U.K
Due to mixed up in some numbers and names and for the purpose of
confidentiality, be advised to keep this award notification as secret from
public notice until your claim has been processed and your prize money
remitted to your designated bank account as this is part of precautionary
measures to avoid double claim or misuse of this program by some social
Hence, your prize awards winning is confidential as our winners are at
liberty to remain completely anonymous until payment is effected to the
benefit of the beneficiary. Our staffs are sworn to secrecy, so you will be
the only one to know what you've won hence, this notification via this
medium (EMAIL) to avoid interception of official letters.
On a final note, you are advised to begin your claim immediately hence, all
prizes awards must be claimed and disbursed within 20days of this
notification as elapse of the scheduled "End of
Claim" date will authorized funds withholding for redirection as abandoned/
unclaimed without notice.
Note: To enhance the processing of your claim by our accredited claim agent,
you are advised to officially introduce yourself to the claim agent and also
provide them with your valid means of your personal identification with a
copy of this awards notification for references.
please contact your claims agent immediately to begin your claims process;
CASH POINT FINANCE UK LTD
TELEPHONE NUMBER: +447040106513
FAX NUMBER: +448701315489
EMAIL ADDRESS : email@example.com
Mr. Charles Louis Mcclean,
International Promotions Unit,
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
Sefton Business Park,