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Fraud email example:
From: "Clitton Goldman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 15:13:47 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU HAVE JUST WON AN ONLINE LOTTERY
LOTTERY PRIZE AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION
FROM THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF NO: Ref.No LDL/2311786008/01
We are pleased to inform you of the result of our computer random celection
for the LUCKY DAY LOTTERY International program held on 1st December 2005,
as Part of Chrismas bonanza and celeberation of World Aid Day. Your email
address, attached to ticket number 205-11465886-629, with serial number
3772-99 drew the lucky numbers 7-14-17-23-31-44, and consequently won the
lotto in the "B" category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of Ones Million
United States Dollars (US$1,000,000.00) in cash credited to file REF NO:
Ref.No LDL/2311786008/01. This is from total prize money of US$2,000,000.00
shared among two categories. All participants email addresses were
extracted/selected through a computer balloting system drawn from
10,500,000.00 email addresses from Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe
and North America and Oceania as part of our International Promotions
Program, which is conducted annually?
Your funds have now been deposited and insured with our affiliate security
firm for transfer into your nominated bank account either by means of wire
transfers through any of our correspondent banks or any other means suitable
to you. We also advice that you keep your winning information very
confidential as our security policy demands to avoid double
claims/impersonation and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
individuals or poeple you may tell.
To begin your claims, you are urgently requested to contact our claims agent
(Zennitt Security and Finance) Amsterdam-Ntherlands immediately with your
telephone number and fax numbers, and make sure you quote your, REF NO:
LDL/2311786008/01, your name and contact details in all your correspondence
with the finance institute.
Your allocated claims agent details are as follows.
Company Name: Zennitt Securities and Finance
Officer in Charge: Pete Cooly
EMAIL: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, all winnings must be claim before 22nd of December 2005, After
this date all unclaimed funds will be return to the promotion company.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember
to always quote your reference and batch numbers as well as your contact
details in all your correspondence with our paying agency and the legal
Furthermore, should there be any change of address or informations about
you, do inform our paying agent and the legal representative as soon as
possible to avoid disqualification of winning.NOTE: If you are under the age
of 18, you are automatically disqualified for this star prize.
Congratulations once again from all the members of our staff and thank you
for being part of our promotion program and please contact your claim agent
as soon as possible.
(LOTTERY CO-ORDINATOR).LUCKY DAY INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
LAAN VAN HOORNWIJCK 55, 2289 DG RIJSWIJKAMSTERDAM-THE NETHERLANDS
TEL/FAX: +31-847-300-675,FAX: +31-847-300-676