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Fraud email example:
From: "Uk National Lottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 18:59:30 +0000
Subject: Congratulations Your Are A Winner!!!
12 BRIDGE STREET,
STAINS MIDDLESEX TW18 4TP
FROM: THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONS,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners of
the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS held on 10th December 2005
you / your company, attached to ticket number 013-2316-2002-477, with serial
number A025-09 drew the lucky numbers 37-13-34-85-56-42, and consequently
won in category B.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of US$
500,000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO: AST341739DS. This is from total
prize money of US$2.5,000,000.00 shared among the five (5) international
winners in the category B. All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from 30,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America,
Asia, Europe, USA and North America as part our International Promotions
Program, which is conducted monthly.Your fund is now deposited with the
Finance and Security section and insured in your name. Due to the mix up of
some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public
notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your
account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.
THE CLAIMS MANAGER,
COMET FINANCE & INSURANCE CO. LTD.
LANGHORN DRIVE, TWICKENHAM TW1287SX.
CONTACT : MR CHARLES MACKNIGHT.
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice, kindly provide him with the following information:
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference number in every one of your correspondences
with your officer. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address,
do inform your claims officer as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of
our promotions program.
Richard L. Llodys
Online coordinator for uk national lottery
Sweepstakes International Program.
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