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Fraud email example:
From: "patrick omega" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 17:27:14 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION
MICROSOFT LOTTO 2005
SECOND QUARTER OF THE YEAR LOTTO 2005
Compliment of the season to you, for you are lucky to have won in this year
YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE COMPUTER PROMOTIONAL DRAW
THIS MESSAGE IS FROM THE PROMOTION MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT MICROSOFT WORD 2005
YOU HAVE WON ON THE COMPUTER BALLOT, THE SUM OF US$ 2,950,000.00 PLEASE
(DR. CHRISTOPHER KENNETH
YOUR CLAIM AGENT.
FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
(MICROSOFT 2005 MEGA LOTTERY)
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made for today 28th of
NOVEMBER, the winners of MICROSOFT LOTTO INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS,
as part of our promotional draws this year,
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of
the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
Note that your email address qualified for the draw, as a result of
your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions
You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 343-221-8756,
with serial number 454-17drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41
Bonus number 12 and consequently YOU HAVE won in the Second Category.
Your winning Ticket is Number. 343-221-8756
Your Serial Number. 454-17
Your lucky draw Numbers are. 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 Bonus Number 12
Your INSURANCE Number: MICS433/453L/GMSA
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
US$2,950,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second
is from the total prize money of US$26,650,000.00 shared among the
international winners in the Second category. CONGRATULATIONS!
Please be informed that your CHEQUE of the sum of US$2,950,000.00 is
now with TORONTO Finance and Security Company insured with your
email address which won you this prize, therefore you should contact
(DR.Christopher kenneth) your agent and give them your full names so that
re-insure your CHEQUE under your full names.
Please note that TORONTO DOMINIUM BANK your paying agent, will invite you to
their office in CANADA for your immediate payment,
have to hurry up and contact them immediately.
To begin your claim, please email your claim agent immediately,
TORONTO DOMINIUM BANK.
# 4645 JANE STREET
P.O. Box 524, NORTH YORK
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other
information provided above and below in every one of your
REFERENCE NUMBER: GML-S343-KKT-8811
BATCH NUMBER: 56T-DTH78-SAR99
Congratulations'' once again from all our staff and thank you for being
part of our promotions program.
THIS PROGRAM IS SPONSORED BY: WILLIANS BILL GATES
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