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Fraud email example:
From: "DE SAP SOFT WARE PROMOTION" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 22:46:10 +0000
Subject: WINNERS NOTICES!!!.
FROM: DE SAP SOFT WARE PROMOTERS. WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER.
RE:AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual
final draws of DE SAP SOFT WARE PROMOTION Netherlands International
programs. The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive
list of 25,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked
by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. No
tickets were sold. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail
address emerged as one of two winners in the category "A" with the
Ref Number: 35149/337-5247/LNI
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of
1,500.000 EUROS.(ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS ONLY) each from
the total payout. Your prize awards has been insured with your e-mail
address and will be transferred to you upon meeting our requirements,
tatutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report.
To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to
contact our licensed and accredited claims agent for category "A" winners
with the informatiom below:
Mr. Robert Heinz
Financial Director, DE SAP SOFT WARE PROMOTION
Netherlands Company,De Amsterdamse
888 1102 MG Amsterdam
1000 BV Amsterdam
(a) Note that there exists a periodic condition on all claims
process,failing which would lead to disqualification and winnings
Forfeiture. Winners are therefore advised to expedite their claims
(b) Being one of the lucky winners, you constitute entrant's full and
unconditional agreement to and acceptance of our terms and conditions of
claims to avoid any discrepancy in the cause of payment of your prize
(c) To avoid double claims, you are advised to keep your winning details
very confidential, as any discrepancies resulting from a breach of this
confidentiality on the part of the winners will be covered solely by such
winner as our staffs are bound by the oath of secrecy taken on
(d) By this lottery prize awards winning, you acknowledge your acceptance
to be added to our lottery master player database.
(e) By this prize winning, you agree to receive periodic mailings which
will include, but are not limited to; Newsletters, Invitations to Play,
Announcements, Adverts and Offers we feel would be of interest to our
master players, from all the sponsoring entities.
(f) By this winning, you understand that you reserve the discretion to be
removed from any such mailing list which automatically disqualifies you
from this and subsequent lottery entries.Removal instructions are on
(g) We hereby do solemnly pledge to maintain the privacy of our master
players/lucky winners database and shall not make available for sale,
rent, lease or the illegal use of information about our Players/winners.
Remember to quote your reference information in allcorrespondence.Anybody
under the age of 18 and members of the affiliate agencies are
automatically not allowed to participate in this program. Thank you and
DE SAP SOFT WARE PROMOTION
Netherlands International programs
N.B:all response should be mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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