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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 18:37:49 +0200
Subject: LOTTERY WINNER
THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT ATTENTION:
(REFERENCE NUMBER: LMT-424ZA13-05 BATCH NUMBER:1823LT-ZA5)
THIRD CATEGORY WINNER
After a successful completion of the third category draws of the
LITHULI MEMORIAL SWEEPSTAKES SPECIAL, held on 19TH NOV 2005, we are
pleased to inform you of the official announcement today that you have
emerged one of the winners of the UTHINGO CHAMPION SWEEPSTAKES SPECIAL
PROGRAMS, which is part of our promotional draws. Participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names/email
addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia,
Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our
International Promotions Program.
You/Your company, attached to ticket number 777-78-1105, with serial
number 234-90 drew the lucky numbers 8, 12, 31, 52, 38, 40, (9), and
consequently won in the Third Category. You have therefore been awarded
a lump sum pay out of US$2.8,000,000.00 in cash, which is the winning
payout for third category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$112,010,000.00 from which Fourteen international winners in the Third category will be shared.
Your fund is now deposited with COLIBRI SECURITY SERVICES, insured in
your name. To avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request
that you keep this award strictly from public notice until the entire
process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your
certified banker's Cheque sent to you. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants
of this program. We also wish to bring to your notice our end of year
(2005) high stakes where you stand a chance of winning up to US$1.1
billion; we hope that with a part of your prize you will participate.
Please contact your claims agent immediately, to begin your claims
MR. KADIRI MAYORS.
SENIOR CLAIMS EXECUTIVE,
COLIBRI SECURITIES LTD.
for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice. Remember, you must contact your claims agent
within a week of receiving this mail.
NOTE: To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to
quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every one of
your correspondence with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: LMT-424ZA13-05
BATCH NUMBER: 1823LT-ZA5
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being
part of our promotions program.
THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
UTHINGO SWEEPSTAKES SPECIAL.
241 WILLIAM NICOL ROAD,
2562 SOUTH AFRICA.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to disqualification. Rather, contact your claims agent whose credentials are listed above. All staff of Lithuli Memorial Trust, Colibri Securities Ltd and members of their family as well as South Africans of all ages are barred from this lottery.