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Fraud email example:
From: Nationale Postcode Loterij <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 8 Oct 2005 14:35:39 +0200
Subject: Your Email Won The Lottery!
FROM: THE DESK OF THE LOTTO CHANCELLOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION: We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 8th
October,2005 of winners of the NATIONAL POSTCODE LOTERIJ, PROGRAMS AMSTERDAM held on
24th September,2005 through computer ballot system Your company/You email,is attached to ticket
number 873-1887-140-279, with serial number 5073-10 drew the lucky numbers 42-23-78-45-01-72, and
consequently won the lottery in the first category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1.5 Million in cash credited to file
REF:JKM/247870460037/05. This is from total prize
money of US$90,000,000.00 shared among the seventeen international winners in this category. All
participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn form 25,000 names from Australia,
New Zealand, America, Europe,
North America, Asia, and Africa as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted
CONGRATULATIONS! Your fund is now deposited with a Finance House insured in your name. Due to
the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until
your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.
We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.0 Billion
Netherlands International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact our International claim agent/
Mr Steve King
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER/CONSULTANT,
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 30th November, 2005. After this date, all funds
will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your
reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences
with your agent.Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claim's agent
as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Mrs Cecilia Vries
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,NATIONALE POSCODE LOTERIJ.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on thepart of the winners will result
THANKS FOR WINNING.