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Fraud email example:
From: "UK NATIONAL/ INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005 19:41:00 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS,
28 TANFIELD ROAD, CROYDON.LONDON.
Draw No: 05/1012
We happily bring to your notice the results of the UK National Lottery
International programs held on the 3rd September, 2005 in London .
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545 190 with Serial
number: 5390/13 drew the lucky numbers: 14 - 26 - 34 - 35 - 36 - 45 - 32,
which subsequently won you a prize in the 2nd category. You have therefore
been approved to claim a total sum of US$ 567,798.19 (Five Hundred and
Sixty-Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety -Eight United States Dollars
and Nineteen cent) in cash credited to file KPC/9022810309/05/TCA.
This prize is from a total cash prize of ₤ 5,100,000 shared amongst
the first Five (5) lucky winners in this grand category "B". This year
Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for British Lottery. The
estimated ₤ 5,100,000 jackpot would be the seventh-biggest in U.K.
history. The biggest was the USD 363 Million jackpots that were shared
between two winners in the January 2004 draw of The Big Game Mega Millions'
All participants were selected randomly from various websites on 'The World
Wide Web, www' through a computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 companies. This promotion takes place annually. For security
reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till
your claims is processed and your prize remitted to you as required in this
grand category "B" terms and conditions of claims.
This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by non winners. Please note that, your
lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office
in London as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your US$
567,798.19 (Five Hundred and Sixty-Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety
-Eight United States Dollars and Nineteen cent) prize would be transferred
to your designated Bank account. Our approved agent, The Trans Atlantic
Company will immediately commence on processing your claims, to facilitate
the release of our prize to you as soon as you make contact with them.
Please be advised as follows: To file for your claim, kindly contact our
fiduciary agent with the below details for processing your claims:
Name: Mr. Jeffrey Rice.
E-mail: (email@example.com) Foreign Manager,
Payment and Release order Department, Trans Atlantic S.A London, United
Note that, all claims processes and clearance procedures must be duly
completed early to avoid impersonation and or double claiming. To
avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/draw
numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.
Mrs. Faith Burke
For: The UK National/ International Promotion's.
N.B please confirm your winning from our central lottery link
http://www.thelotter.com/Results_.asp?Lottery=24 with your
Draw number: 05/1012