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Fraud email example:
From: "Goldenstrikelottery Winners" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 03 Oct 2005 17:36:22 +0000
FROM: THE DIRECTOR,
GOLDEN STRIKE LOTTERY INT,
EUROPEAN PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 17/09/2005.
Youre-mail address attached to ticket number :EL-23133 with serial
number:EL-35,lottery ref number: EL-9318 and drew lucky numbers
which consequently won in the 1st category, you havetherefore been
for a lump sum pay out of US$2,000,000.00 (TWO MILLION UNITED STATES
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed
your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by
someparticipants. All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from over40,000 company and 20,000,000 individual
email addresses and names from all over the world.
This promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was
promoted and sponsored by a group of successful electronic dealers.we
with part of your winning,you will take part in our next year US$20
million international lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our paying officer:
Contact Person:Mr Anthony Reeves (Lottery Director)
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 30th Of November
After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent
as soon as possible.Congratulations once more from our members of staff
and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Note:Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
GOLDEN STRIKE LOTTERY INT.