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Fraud email example:
From: "Dan Bobby" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 04:43:52 -0600
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION
NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Victorai island lagos
We happily announce to you the draw (#954) of the NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL
LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on 30th NOVEMBER 2005
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial
number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: (13)-(43)-(06)-(15)-(02)-(40)bonus #
(09).Which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e NOVEMBER
20th plus bonus.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £500,000 (Five
hundred thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file
This is from a total cash prize of £2,000,000,00 shared amongst the first
four (4) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World
Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000
unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This
promotion takes place bianually.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Nigerian booklet
representative office in Nigeria as indicated in your play coupon.In view of
this, your £500,000 (five hundred thousand pounds sterling) would be
released to you by any of our courier department.Our agent will immediately
commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in
whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.This is part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program. Please be warned !!!
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
ALLAN OWOLABI (Mr.)
PHONE # :23480-6332-9167
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.
STELLA ELLIS (MRS)
Director.International Promotions Unit,
BEWARE OF FAKE ONLINE LOTTERIES!!!