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Please note about this email:
Fraud email example:
From: "Loteria Winnings" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 15:06:42 +0000
Subject: Your Lucky Winnings,Act Accordingly!!!
We are pleased to announce to you as one of the 6 lucky winners
in the email lottery programme draw of the LOTERIA PRIMITIVA
held on the 15th of October, 2005.
The late release of this result was due to difficulties
encountered in sorting out mixed up numbers and email
addresses. All 6 winning addresses were randomly selected
from a batch of 100,000,000 international emails. Your email
address emerged alongside
with 6 others as a category "6" winner in this year's
Loteria primitiva award Draw.
Most recently, the foundation set up the NEW HOPE LOTTERY to
give out prizes based on the computer ballot
system(THEREFORE YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A TICKET TO ENTER
FOR IT.YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED AS A
Consequently, you have therefore been approved a MEGA JACK
POT of 2,968,004 euro (Two million, nine hundred and sixty
eight thousand and four Euro) only. The following
are attached to your lotto payment order:
(i) Result winning numbers: 8-10-14-38-39-43-17-1
(ii) email ticket number: FL754/22/76
(iii)lotto code number: PDP98643JK
(iv) the file Ref number: FL/04/67903456/SP
Please, note that you will be required to notarize and
obtain a vetting approval here in Spain before
your winning prize can be transfered.To immediately claim
your prize, contact the claim/paying agent
LOTERIA TRUST AGENCY S.L
Mr. Mark Fernando calle Barcelona
EMAIL TO: email@example.com
The above claim agent will assist you in the processing and
remittance of your prize funds to you. Note: not
later than one week after this date, if you fail to contact
and process your winning prize, all funds
will be returned as unclaimed. Call the above number for
N.B: Procedures to claiming your prize:
1.Please quote your Reference number in all correspondence
With the claims officer.
2.Indicate your full name and Address, Country, Telephone,
mobile and fax number and Occupation. For proper
verification on your lucky winning Prize, you are to visit
Online site http://loteria.com/primitiva.php, and indicate
the date this email lottery programme
Draw of the LOTERIA PRIMITIVA was held (15th of October
2005) and there you will find your result winning number.
Once again on behalf of all our Staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
The Loteria Primitiva
This e-mail transmission contains information that is
confidential and may be privileged.
It is intended only for the addressee(s) named above.
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org