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Fraud email example:
From: "ukmega LOTTRIES" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 02:01:34 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS ELECTRONIC MAIL WINNING NOTIFICATION 2005
UK MEGA LOTTERY PROGRAM
509 Notre Dame E.,Gorda Plaza
Tortola,British Virgin Island
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF: KPC/9080118308/02 AND BATCH NO: 54/1017/IDL.
WINNING NOTIFICATION - Ref: KPC/9080118308/02
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro American Premium
Sweepstake Lottery International programs held on the 29th of October,2005
in Tortola,British Virgin Island. Your e-mail address attached to ticket
number: B9564 drew the Winning Numbers:49-54-26-17-35, which subsequently
won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$500,000.00(Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file Ref
Number:KPC/9080118308/02 and Batch Number:54/1017/IDL.This is from a total
cash prize of US$12,500,000.00 shared amongst the first (25) lucky winners
in this category.
All participants were selected through the Internet computer balloting
system drawn from 150,000 email addresses from Middle East, Asia,
Africa,Canada,Europe and North America and Oceania as part of our
International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.This programme
is sponsored by EUROPEAN UNION/BILL GATES and WORLD INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
ORGANISATION to promote and enhance the use of Soft Ware in the Global
Your fund is now deposited with Financial Trust Group,a security Company in
U.K and insured in your Name.Due to mix up of some numbers and names,We
advise that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim
has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of
our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by
participants of this program.We hope with a part of your Prize, you will
participate in our end of year high stakes valued at US$250 Million.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.Therefore
to begin your claim, please contact your Fudiciary Agent;
DR. PAUL SHEARER
CRISTAL SECURITIES &FINANCE.
DIRECTOR LEGAL DEPT
UK MEGA LOTTO CLAIMS DEPARTMENT
LONDON DISTRICT OFFICE
TEL/FAX:+44 - 704-011-8054
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice,You should endeavour to contact your claim agent not
later than 17th November,2005 as unclaimed funds would be transferred to
2006 sweepstake.Our European agent will
immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as
soon as you contact him.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your
correspondences with your agent.
Furthermore,should there be any change of your address,do inform your claims
agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our
NOTE: If you are under the age of 18, you are automatically disqualified for
this star prize.
MRS. ROSELINE H.WOODS.
CLAIMS NOTIFICATION DEPARTMENT,
UK MEGA LOTTERY PROGRAM
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
N.B. Please make sure your reply is been sent to the head of legal
department,Dr.PAUL SHEARER on email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGRATULATION(AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION 2005)