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Fraud email example:
From: "Luckies Millions" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 14:03:28 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION
The National Lottery
Blanchardstown Corporate Park 2,
(Customer Services)Ref: UK/9420X2/68 Batch:074/05/ZY369
FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION:
Dear Lucky Winner,
RE:BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to notify you the draw of the EURO MILLIONS
PROMO/PRIZE:DEPARMENT Online Sweepstakes International Lottery Program held
Monday September 26th 2005.Participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn from a pool of over 25,000 names of
professionals drawn from Europe, America,Asia, Australia,
New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa, and North & South America as
part of our international promotions programme conducted annually to
encourage prospective overseas entries.We hope with part of your prize
awards, you will take part in our subsequent lottery jackpots.
The result of our computer draw selected your name and email
address attached to e-ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number
5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 03,09,35,39,42,with luckystars (01),(08),
which subsequently won you the lottery inthe 2nd category i.e.5+1 star
Category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total
sum of ¤1,737,262 (One million, Seven hundred and thirty seven
thousand, Two hundredand sixty two euro) in file kTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize shared amongst the first Six (6) lucky
winners in this category i.e.5+1 star Category.Yourprize award has been
insured in your name and is ready for claims.
To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously
contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery
Winners within a period of 21 days (date of this email inclusive) for the
processing of your
winning and remittance to your designated bank account after all
statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with.
This promotion takes place weekly. Please note that your lucky
winning number falls within our uropean booklet representative office in
Europe as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your ¤1,737,262 (One million, Seven hundred and
thirty seven thousand, Two undred and sixty two euro) would be released
to you by any of our payment offices in Europe. Please be informed
that claims not
processed within the stipulated period may be forfeited to the pool
without further notice.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as
you contact him. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the
particulars presented below citing the batch and reference numbers to
this letter between the hours of 8.00am - 7.30pm on Monday through
Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of
confidentiality,and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond
so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of
confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems
associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure
to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,