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Fraud email example:
From: "LAPRIMITIVA INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 09:35:08 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATION,YOU HAVE WON LAPRIMITIVA WARD 2005.
FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARDS DEPARTMENT
LAPRIMITIVA INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY COMPANY
CALL ABERTO 1-5A,MADRID SPAIN.
Ref. Number: 132/756/4534/08
Batch number: 538901537-SP/05
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the lottery result winners of Laprimitiva
International lottery programmes held on 8th August,2005.results were
finally released on 16th September,2005. It is a promotional program aimed
at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to
enter for it.
Your e-mail address was attached to ticket number 27522465896-6453 with your
serial number 3772-554 drew you a lucky number 1-2-3-21-23-49 which
consequently won in the 3rd category,you are therefore been approved for
lump sum pay out of of US$1.5M (One Million Five Hundred Thousand US
CONGRATULATIONS! ! !
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, you are advised to keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and
your money remitted to your nominated bank. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this programme by
some participants.All participants were selected through an e-mail
This promotional programme takes place every three years.To file for your
claim,please contact our claim agent with your Full Name,Home and Office Tel
& Fax Number, Mobile Tel Number and also Home & Office Address for the
processing of your claims:
MianLand Security Agency
Address: Avenida de America 12
TEL+34 676 283 044
Please, note that you will be require to notarized and obtained a vetting
approval from Spainish high court of Justice Madrid Spain before your
winning prize can be transfer and this process will be done by your approved
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 5th October,
2005.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible.
Once again congratulations.
Mrs. Emily Simon,
The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to
whom or which it is addressed. Unauthorised use, disclosure or copying is
strictly prohibited. The sender accepts no liability for the improper
transmission of this communication nor for any delay in its receipt.