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Fraud email example:
From: "Mary Bill" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 19:56:30 -0600
JAPAN EMAIL PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION SECTION
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made on NOVEMBER 7th 2005,
of winners of the JAPAN EMAIL LOTTO PROMOTION, as part of our promotional
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 you/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
343-221-8756, with serial number 454-17 drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22,
27, 41 and Bonus number 12 and consequently you won in the Second Category
of the JAPAN FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.
Your winning Ticket is Number. 343-221-8756
Your Serial Number. 454-17
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 for the payment of the sum of
US$800,000,00 in cash, which is the winning amount for the Second category
winners. This is from the total prize money of US$40,000,000.00 shared among
the international winners in the Second category. CONGRATULATIONS!
Please be informed that your CHEQUE of the sum of US$800,000.00 is now with
TRANSGLOBE Finance securities Company insured with your email address which
won you this prize, therefore you should contact (TRANSGLOBE FINANCE) 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 contact your claim agent
E-mail(email@example.com )with the following informations
FOREIGN SERVICES MANAGER,
TRANSGLOBE FINANCE SECURITIES
PLAZA DE MAR ZHENG CHINA
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 with your
Congratulations!! once again from all our staff and thank you for being part
of our promotions program.
MRS MARY BILL
VICE PRESIDENT INT.PROMO