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Fraud email example:
From: "alexei zakharenko" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:19:06 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATION: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION LETTER!!!!!!!
HEWLETT PACKARD NETWORK NV..
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION
3528 BF UTRECHT.
REF: CN41578201/31 BATCH: 21/322489/ILPPA/HLPN
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 11th December 2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 215254-824518 with serial
drew lucky numbers 61-01-31-11-43 which consequently won in the 1st
category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$
500,000.00(Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money
Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from
all over the world. This promotional program takes place every year.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like Mr.
Bill Gates and the sultan of Brunei, we hope with part of your winning you
will take part in our next year USD50 million International Promotion
lottery. To file for your claim, please contact our fiducially Agent:
Dr. Forester G. Williams, (ForesterWilliams@netscape.net)
Foreign Operations Director,
Remember all winning must be claimed not later than 31st December 2005.
after this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications endeavor
to quote your reference and batch numbers in
all first correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address
inform our agent as soon as possible. We hope with part of your winning you
will take part
in our next year 30 million dollars international lottery.
Once more from our members of staff, we thank you for being part of our
Note: anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Mrs. Barbara A. Zakharenko,
NB: We are very sorry for the delay!!!