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Fraud email example:
From: "SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY UNITED KINGDOM" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 09 Oct 2005 02:49:36 +0000
Subject: OSALOTTERY WINNER (CONTACT OUR AFFILATED COURIER SERVICES)
FROM:MR KELLY B. DIXON
OSALOTTRIES LOTTERY UK.
RAFFLE DRAWS PROMOTIONS 2005
LUCKY NUMBER: 09,21,23,31,40,46
We are delighted to inform you of the result of Email Lottery Promotion, Which is part of our promotional draws. Held on the 27TH SEPTEMBER, 2005 and that you were one of the TWO LUCKY WINNERS and your e-mail address attached to Lucky-numbers 09, 21, 23, 31, 40, 46 and Serial-number 13-1003 which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of UK$2,634,670.00(TWO MILLION SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FOUR UKAMERICAN DOLLARS)
CONGRATULATIONS!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
Please be informed that all participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 30,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.To file in for your claims, contact our affilated COURIER SERVICES for your your winnig check:
MR.KEITH ROBERT FREDERICK
UK COURIER SERVICES
18 KINGS ROAD,
LONDON SW3 5EN,
Please do remember, all winning must be claimed not later than two weeks of this notification. After this time all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Note:In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, if you wish to file in for your claims, you are therefore requested to quote the following claims requirements to the above reply email address.
Remember to quote your Reference, Batch, and Wining Number, in every one of your correspondence to our affilated COURIER SERVICES.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
MR KELLY B. DIXON
MASTER HOUSE,29 TARRANT STREET
PO Box 1400