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Fraud email example:
From: "rene michel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 15:13:56 +0000
Subject: PRIZE AWARD CONTACT AGENT
THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER, LUCKYDAY LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL .PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today 13th december 2005 of your selection as one of the five winners of the promotional Golden Strike Sweepstakes Lottery Netherlands held recently as part of our BONANZA.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$500,000.00(five hundred thousand, Dollars only) in cash credited to file REF NO.GSL/21256003/39.
We in the Golden Strike Sweepstakes Lottery Netherlands is by this program, launching our model computer balloting lottery draws, developed and designed to satisfy the cravings of the ever growing number of participants in our various lottery programs.With funds accrued exclusively from previous draws, payouts to all winners are guaranteed and will be transferred in record time. After randomly selecting 15,000 participants from an initial database of 300,000 emails all participants were selected through a computer ballot system from the Middle East,Asia, Africa, Canada,Europe, USA and South America as part our International Promotions Program, which was conducted in view of launching ourselves into the Sweepstakes Industry Worldwide and zoning all participants by their respective continents from across the globe, we produced an extensive list from which you have emerged as one of the winners of the Grand Draw prize.
To ensure a smooth collection of your winnings,the transfer of your prize is to be handled by our Prize Transfer agents. You are to contact our agents by email or fax within a week of receiving this notice. Please find full contact details below:
MR CLEMENT GIDEON,
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
Also find all other relevant winning lottery information below:
Ref No: GSL/21256003/39
Zonal Draw No: GSLA2-405
Serial Draw No: 2090
Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later than a week of receiving this notification. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to Quote your reference and batch numbers in very one of your correspondences with your agent.Furthermore ou are seriously advised to keep all winning lottery nformation and numbers from the public in line with our company security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our Promotions program.
Rene Van Michel,