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Fraud email example:
From: "Uk National Lottery Program" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2005 19:24:49 +0000
Subject: Congratulations Dear Winner!!!
The National Lottery
UP OF Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 NLG
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
We happily announce to you the draw (#996) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online
Sweepstakes International program held on 13th September, 2005. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket
number:56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:
07-20-22-23-34-37(bonus no38.), 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
cash credited to file CUT/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of £1,845,150 shared amongst the eighteen
(18) lucky winners in this category I.em 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 West African
booklet representative office in Nigeria as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your £184,515 would be released to you by any of our
payment offices in Nigeria.
Our Nigeria agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep yourwinning information
confidential till your claims 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: Mrs Lucia Benson.
Congratulations Once again from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL
Sir Richard Lloyd