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Fraud email example:
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 11:13:21 +0200
PEOPLE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
019 MANDELA DRIVE SANDTON CITY,JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
FROM: PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
ATTENTION: DEAR WINNER,
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We wish to inform you of the lottery draws held on 1ST DECEMBER 2005 to declare the winners of the PEOPLE LOTTO/INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS.
Your email address, attached to ticket number 900-4675-04854-197, with serial
number 412-01 drew the lucky numbers 2 9 32 65 72 19 10, and consequently won the lottery.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of ZAR15,000,000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO: ZAR/900111/2004. This is from total prize money of ZAR120,000,000.00 shared among the Seventeen International Winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 17,000 email addresses from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe and Middle East and Asia as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted monthly.
Your fund is now available for claim. Due to the mix up of some numbers and email address, 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 promotion.
We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes ZAR100,000,000 Million International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact our claim manager;
MR. FIDEL SANKZUMA
PEOPLE INTERNATIONAL LOTTO,
JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than Two Weeks after notice. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with our manager. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims manager as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
MARY DE KRUGER
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
PEOPLE INTERNATIONAL LOTTO SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY