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Fraud email example:
From: "VIRGINAL LOTTERY" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 10:26:25 +0000
Subject: FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTION MANAGER,
FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTION MANAGER,
VIRGINAL NATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS,
WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY "C" WINNER VIRGINAL NATIONAL LOTTO NETHERLAND
REFERENCE NUMBER-XD/NBD/223-X7733425: BATCH NUMBER-T/XX123 All winners
should not respond back to the mail all you need to do contact your lottery
winning claims director for your winning claims on his email below.
It is our pleasure to inform you that you have emerged as a Category "C"
winner of the Virginal National Lottery Promotion Netherlands.
CONGRATULATIONS! You are entitled to a prize sum of Five Hundred Thousand
Euros (500,000Euros) Reference number for your winning prize is
XD/NBD/223-X7733425, batch number T/XX123.
As a category "C" winner, you have been selected from a total number of
30,000 names drawn from Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and America. After
the computer ballot of our International Promotions Program, only five
winners emerged in this category and therefore are to receive payouts of
Five Hundred Thousand Euros (500,000 Euros) from the total 250,000 Euros for
Third category winners.
To immediately collect your prize; please contact our Category "C" financial
claims agent with information below:
Mr. Joseph Smith
Financial Claims Director,
Scheltemastate 42 8926 LT Leeuwarden
Tel- + 31-633-781421
You provide your winning prize reference number XD/NBD/223-X7733425 and
winning batch number-T/XX123 for confirmation. In your best interests, you
must initiate contact within one week of receipt of this correspondence. He
will handle all financial matters which regards claiming of your winning
prize. You are also advised to send a copy of this email, either by fax or
email, to your financial handler Mr,Joseph Smith, when contacting him also
state your full names and address telephone numbers this is very important.
You are to keep all lottery information from the public as we will not
entertain cases of multiple claims processing or compromise the privacy and
security for all winners.
Other necessary Virginal National Lottery Promotion Netherlands information
Draw 1 number: 13-15-17-21-23
Draw 2 numbers: 6-9-11-15-10
Draw 3 numbers: 4-6-9-10-17
International Lottery code no: LD 280972
You may be required to provide any of the above information during the
process of collecting your prize.
We congratulate you once again and it is our hope that you participate in
any of our international programs in the nearest future. For more
information about your winning funds contact the Virginal lottery
organization, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulation once in Advance,
Tina Kim (Mrs.)
Virginal National Lottery Program.