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Fraud email example:
From: "Mr Pascal Green of bingo lottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2005 20:19:33 +0000
INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF Number: IDA/231-ILGI0431/05
BATCH No: ADI/15/096/TVFS
TICKET No: 20511465463-7644
SERIAL No: 472-9768-98
LUCKY No: 8-66-97-22-65-99
RE: FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 05th December 2005 Your E-mail address
attached to Ticket number 20511465463-7644 with Serial number 472-9768-98
drew the lucky numbers 8-66-97-22-65-99, which consequently won in the 1st
category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of
?1,000,000.00 (One Million Euro Only).This is from a total cash prize of
?10,000,000.00 Million shared amongst Ten International Lucky Winners in the
Category A + (Plus).
This lottery is a promotional program by BINGOLOTTO, (Biggest lottery
Organization in the Netherlands) to advertise to the world its existence.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
over 50,000 companies and 2,000,000 individual email addresses from all over
the world, as part of our international promotions program, which we intend
to conduct several times a year.
Be informed that your documents have to pass our authority to obtain a
clearance, which shall be attached to your document in readiness of the
subsequent onward transfer into your nominated bank account with 24 hours of
completion of the authentication.
Due to the possibility of unscrupulous individuals filing a double claim, we
suggest that you keep this award strictly confidential until your claim has
been processed and notarized and your certificate of award obtained. This is
in conformity with the lottery claim regulations by our Organization & the
Netherlands Gaming Control Board.
This is part of our security protocol measures to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants/non participants.
All winnings must be claimed not later than 15 Decemeber 2005. After this
date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Anybody under
the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
To file for your claim, please contact our /your processing agent
NOTE: All winnings must be notarized and a certificate of award must be
obtained from the Netherlands Gaming Control Board to complete the claims
process, this certificate can only be obtained through legal representation
so winners will be referred to a lawyer (Advocate Harry Herman to assist in
this process. Winners are to cover the legal charges for the notarization of
the claims form and the acquisition of the certificate of award not
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please do forward
your Tel/Fax number to your processing agent. So you are to act fast in the
claiming of your funds, for delays will compel us to disperse your funds,
in other words, we shall divert your funds as stated above. Kindly remember
to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our/your agent
as soon as possible.
Finally, we call on you to make sure that you note every letter clearly as
stated for we will not be held responsible should there be any complications
in this transaction due to laxity on your part.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being
part of our promotional program.
Mrs. Ruth Hudson