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Fraud email example:
From: "danada lotto fotune003" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 06:31:04 -0700
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION / CLAIM YOUR MONEY.
From: Mrs.Rose Anderson
Customer Service: 680 NCA 85914
Batch No: Lotto 6/49
Draw Coupon: Match 6+B
No: 125 St Michael's Street
Plot 2A Harrison Drive
THIS LOTTERY IS SPONSORED BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT FOR THE PROMOTION OF
THE 2010 WORLD CUP TO BE HOSTED IN SOUTH AFRICA.
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro- American Sweepstake
Lottery International Programs held on 09.10.2005 in Essex United Kingdom
and Canada Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564 75604545 100
with! Serial number 46560 drew the winning numbers 10/12/16/21/29/48 with a
bonus Number 1,for LOTTO 6/49 under the choice of the lottery in the
2nd category of daily three.You have therefore been approved to claim a
total sum of US$1.000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) in cash
credited to file EAAL/9080118308/04.
This is from a total cash prize of US $130,000,000.00 Million Dollars,
shared amongst the first One-Hundred and thirty (130) lucky winners in this
category worldwide.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within
our Afro booklet representative office in Africa as indicated in your play
coupon, because this particular draw was selected to promote the 2010 World
Cup to be
Hosted in South Africa.
Your winning information must be kept to enable you participate in our
subsequent games before the grand finale. In view of this, your
US$1.000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) would be released to you
by an accredited commercial Bank in South Africa. Our African agent will
immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as
soon as you contact him.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through
computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies and
personal e-mails. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims is processed and your money
remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be
To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding agent in South
Africa immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of
your fund, contact information is as follow:
Mr.Vusi Morgan . Tel: 27-835 453 191 email: (email@example.com ) To
avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/
batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated agents.
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program that
has successfully won this competition. Thank you for being part of our
promotional lottery program. Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Gladys Owen United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator Mrs.Patricia Hope Asst.
Gen. Sec Mr. Grey Johnson Canadian/American Zonal Secretary General.
Switzerland Zonal Co-coordinator For African Winners Dr Bill Wilson.
African/European Head Office Baumgarten-strasse 15 Postfach 686 Geneva
CH-8201 Schaffhausen Dr Peter Martins Head South African Offshore Payment
Office Madrid, Spain.
Thanks for your Co-operation in anticipation.
Mrs Mrs.Rose Anderson