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Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 03:48:32 -0800
Subject: ++++PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION!!!!!!!!
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
FINAL NOTICE OF AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement
today, 6th Sept.2005, of winners of the FLASH
FORTUNE LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS,
held on 26TH JUNE. 2005 as part of our promotional
Participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of
individuals and companies from Africa, America,
Asia,Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New
Zealand as part of our electronic business
Promotions Program. You qualified for the draw as a result of
you visiting Various websites we are running the
e-business promotions for.You/Your Company, attached to ticket
number 100-309-7482, with serial number 513-10 drew the
lucky numbers 5, 9, 12, 29, 40, 59, 76, and
consequently won in the Second Category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay
out of US$2,950,000.00 in cash, which is the winning
payout for Second category winners. This is from the
total prize money of US$14,750,000.00 shared among
the Five international winners in the Second category.
Your fund is now deposited with the Solid Rock
Finance and Security Company insured in your name. Due to
the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you
keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim
has been processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid
double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of
We hope with a part of your prize, you will
participate in our mid year (2006) high stakes
US$1.3 billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your cla!! im
MR FRED BRUKES
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
SOLID ROCK FINANCE & SECURITY LTD,
TEL: +27 83-542-2633
FAX: +27 83-612-9737
For due processing and remittance of your prize
money to a designated account of your choice.
Remember, you must contact your claim agent not
later than 15th SEPT. 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 NUMBER: FLS-ZR39-825P-4
BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN
Congratulations once again from all our staff and
thank you for being part of our promotions program.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA.
115 NORDIX AVE. BRYANSTON, 1762
JOHANNESBURG,! SOUTH AFRICA.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of
the winners will result to disqualification. Please do
not reply to this mail box. Contact your claims agent
through his email