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Fraud email example:
From: "lottery draw" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 15:57:13 +0200
Subject: YOU HAVE WON ON THE SUM OF US$ 2,950,000.00 PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CLAIM AGENT
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY
SECOND QUARTER OF THE YEAR 2005
YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE COMPUTER PROMOTIONAL DRAW
THIS MESSAGE IS FROM THE PROMOTION MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT STALLION SA
YOU HAVE WON ON THE COMPUTER BALLOT, THE SUM OF US$ 2,950,000.00 PLEASE
(MR. Paul Benson)
YOUR CLAIM AGENT.
FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
ON PHONE NO. + 27 73 786 8904
(GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY)
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made for today 12th of
November, 2005 the winners of the FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO INTERNATIONAL
PROGRAMS, as part of our promotional draws.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of
the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
Note that your email address qualified for the draw, as a result of
your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for.
You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482,
with serial number 513-10 drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 and
Bonus number 12 and consequently YOU HAVE won in the Second Category.
Your winning Ticket is Number. 100-309-7482
Your Serial Number. 513-10
Your lucky draw Numbers are. 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 Bonus Number 12
Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
US$2,950,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category
This is from the total prize money of US$26,650,000.00 shared among the
International winners in the Second category. CONGRATULATIONS!
Please be informed that your CHEQUE of the sum of US$2,950,000.00 is
now with Stallion Finance and Security Company insured with your
email address which won you this prize, therefore you should contact
(STALLION SA) your agent and give them your full names so that they will
re-insure your CHEQUE under your full names.
To begin your claim, please call your claim agent immediately, and also
to send an urgent message to Mr. Paul Benson. through Phone or Email
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
STALLION SECURITY & FINANCE COMPANY (P.T.Y) LTD.
50 SIVEWRIGHT AVENUE
PO BOX 16638
TEL: +27-73 786 8904
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other
information provided above and below in every one of your correspondences
REFERENCE NUMBER: GML-S343-KKT-8811
BATCH NUMBER: 56T-DTH78-SAR99
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO PROGRAM IS A BONUS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THE 2010
SOCCER WORLD CUP
Congratulations'' once again from all our staff and thank you for being
part of our promotions program.
MR. MERVIN NKUMA
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY.
2nd Floor SABC
Radio Park Building
P.O. Box 91711,
Auckland Park, 2006 Henley Road.
Johannesburg, South Africa.
GOES INTERNATIONAL AS THE 2010 WORLD CUP WILL BE HOSTED BY
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
disqualification. Please do not reply to this mailbox. Contact your claims
agent through his email contact above and below.
THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSURED BY: SOUTH AFRICAN LOTTO AUTHORITY. AND
BY: (Fé¤©ration Internationale de Football Association) FIFA SUPPORT
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY