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Fraud email example:
From: "flashfortune_lotto01 flashfortune_lotto01" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2005 09:37:17 +0200
Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION/CONGRATULATIONS.
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today the 6th of December
2005 of winners of the FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA/INTERNATIONAL
PROGRAMS, held on 27th November 2005 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 Africa,
Asia,Australia, Canada,Europe, Middle East and New Zealand as part of
electronic business Promotions Program. You qualified for the draw as a
result of you visiting Various websites we are running the e-business
promotions for You/Your Company, attached to ticket number
with serial number 513-10 drew the lucky numbers 5, 9, 12, 29, 40, 59,
and consequently won in the Second Category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This
from the total prize money of
US$13,650,000.00 shared among the Seven international winners in the
Your fund is now deposited with the Solid Rock Finance and Security
Company insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and
we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your
has been processed and your money remitted to your account.This is part
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 mid
year (2006) high stakes US$1.3 billion International Lottery. To begin
your claim, please contact your claim agent immediately:
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
SOLID ROCK FINANCE & SECURITY LTD,
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.
TEL : +27-73-7518941.
For due processing and remittance of prize,
Remember, you must contact your claim agent.
NOTE:In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided
below in every one of your correspondences with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: FLS-ZR39-825P-4
BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part
of our promotions program.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA.
115 NORDIX AVE. BRYANSTON, 1762
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to disqualification.
Contact,your claims agent through his email address above,
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