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Fraud email example:
From: "von amen" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 09:11:53 +0000
Subject: RAINBOW AWARD
The Marina Offices,
The Uk National Rainbow Lottery
P O Box 2020
Liverpool, L70 1NL
Fax: +44 7040-1139-45
FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION:
We happily announce to you the draw (#988) of the UK NATIONAL RAINBOW
Sweepstakes International program held on Friday 9th September 2005. It is
yet to be unclaimed and
you are getting the final NOTIFICATION as regards this.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:20675543256-786 with Serial
number 3765-75 drew
the lucky numbers:7-12-18-24-32-45 (bonus no.31), which subsequently won
you the lottery in the
2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,000,000 (One
Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of £456,000,00 shared amongst
the(6)lucky winners in this
category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World
Wide Web sites
through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions,
associations, and corporate
bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your
Million Pounds Sterling) will be released to you by any of our payment
offices in Europe.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds
as soon as you contact her.For security reasons, you are advised to keep
your winning information
confidential till your claim is 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. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Mrs.Von Amen
Email:email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Endeavour to email her the following :
Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and
press anonymity until the
end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to
maintain the strictest
level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems
fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double
unwarranted abuse of this program.
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
The uk National Rainbow Lottery
P O Box 2020
Liverpool, L70 1NL
TEL :+44 704 0-11-3945