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Fraud email example:
From: "Chris Renee" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 07:37:11 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS !!!
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY,
10 NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE,
LONDON WC2N 5BX, THE UNITED KINGDOM.
ATTENTION: RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 14th December 2005
of Winners of the SWEETWIN PROMO LOTTERY, UNITED KINGDOM / INTERNATIONAL,
PROGRAMS held on 31st, Novermber 2005.
Your e-mail address is attached to ticket number: 023-0148-790-459, with
serial number 5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43, which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
It is our pleasure to inform you that you have emerged as a Category "B"
winner of the SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of Five Million, Five
Hundred Thousand-America Dollars You have therefore been approved for lump
sum pay Out of US$5,500.000.00 Million in cash credited to file REF
NO.OYL/25041238013/02. This is from total prize Money Of US$80,400,000.00
shared among the seventeen International winners in this category. Please
note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
representative office in Europe as contained in your file.
In view of this, the Certified Bank Check of your Five Million, Five Hundred
Thousand-America Dollars ($US5, 500.000.00) would be released to you by our
security firm in London, United Kingdom. Our European agent will immediately
commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you
As a category "B" winner, all participants for the free online lotto version
were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through the computer draw
system and extracted from over 100,000 names / companies from Africa,
Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as Part of
International Promotions Program, which is Conducted Bi-Annually. After the
computer ballot of our International Promotions Program, only first
seventeen- (17) lucky winners emerged in this category.
This lottery program was organized by our group of philanthropist promoted
and sponsored by Mr. Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc, eminent personalities like
the Sultan of Brunei, Multi Choice and other corporate Organizations. This
lottery program was organized to improve the use of computer software's and
for the benefit of every Microsoft user.
Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, and for security reasons, you
are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims
is being processed and your Certified Bank Cheque is being received by you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. So be
To file for your claim, please contact our Category "B" fiduciary agent who
is your claims agent:
MR. ARTHUR BANNETT.
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
Vertex Finance Company.
For due processing and the delivery of your won prize to be sent to you
through Certified Bank Check. Please do also send to your claim Agent your
telephone / fax number and your contact address.
However, it should be noted that all won prize must be claimed not later
than 30th of December 2005. Any claim not made before this date will be
returned back to the SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO as unclaimed won prize.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and Complications, please
remember to quote your Reference and batch numbers in your correspondences
with your claim agent.
Furthermore, should there be any Change of your address, do inform our
fiduciary agent who is your claims agent as soon as possible.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants Of This program. We hope with a part of
your prize, you will Participate in our new year high stakes US$1.3Billion
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our
Ms. Chris Renee
The Promotions Manager,
SWEETWIN LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY, UNITED KINGDOM.
N.B. any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to