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Fraud email example:
From: "awards manager" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 17:09:39 -0100
Subject: you are a winner
NOTIFICATION OF YOUR LOTTO WINNING
we are pleased to inform you from PINNACLE ELECTRONIC LOTTO INC of the
announcement today, 15TH oF OCTOBER 2005 as one of the lucky winners of The
PINNACLE ELECTRONIC Electronic Lotto Inc Lotto draws, held on the 10TH Of
OCTOBER 2005 as part of Our e-business promotional draws end.
Participants in the draws were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies
from Africa, America, Asia,Australia, Europe, Middle East,as part of our
electronic business Promotions.
You qualified for the draw as a result of your visiting various
websites we are running the Electronic-business promotions for.
You/Your Company email address, attached with REFERENCE NUMBER:SR-W1CAT ,
BATCH NUMBER: 209.345.SMLT. with serial number 1023-87 drew the lucky
numbers 8, 21, 24, 33, 37, 60,98, and consequently won the 2005 2ND Quarter
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
US$2,000,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for First category
winners. This is from the total prize money of US$14,000,000.00 shared among
the seven winners in the First category.
Your winnings should be claimed from our Awards Manager Whose detail is
Due to the mix that may arise from emails of winners and numbers we ask
that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has
been processed and your money remitted to you.This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of
We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our End
of year (2005) high stakes US$1.1 billion International Lottery. To
begin your claim, please contact our paying agent who also Will be your
claim agent immediately:
MR. PETER LOCKMAN
PINNACLE ELECTRONIC LOTTERY
For due processing and remittance of your prize money,
Remember you must contact Awards Manager not later
than 2nd OF 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 provided below in every one of your
correspondences with your claims agent.
Also to begin your Claim send to Awards Manager the following
information by email.
1)YOUR BATCH AND REFFERENCE NUMBERS and AMOUNT WON
2)YOUR FULL NAME
4)A COPY OF YOUR ID (PASSPORT OR DRIVERS LISCENCE)
5)CONTACT TLEPHONE, MOBILE PHONE NUMBER AND FAX NUMBER
Congratulations once again from all our staff and
thank you for being part of our promotions program.
THE LOTTO AWARDS MANAGER,
PINNACLE ELECTRONIC LOTTO INC.
22 PRETORIUS STREET
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the
winners will result to disqualification. Please do not
reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent by emaiL or fax.