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Fraud email example:
From: "James Wilberforce" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 12:16:29 +0000
Subject: Congratulations ! ! ! you have won eagle eye lottery
From: Eagle Eye Lottery International, London U.K.
789 HIGH ROAD, LONDON N17 0DH ENGLAND.
Ref. Number: 132/756/4534
Batch number: 638901527-AMB/02
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
We are pleased to inform you of the lottery result
winners, International program held on 18th November, 2005.
This lottery program was promoted and sponsored by
Association of software producers, and some of the eminent
personalities around the globe like the Sultan of
Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc. and other
corporate organizations. All participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
25,000 company email addresses and 30,000,000
individual email addresses from Australia, New Zealand, America ,Europe,
North America, Africa and Asia as part of International Promotion Program,
which is conducted
every three year, and your e-mail address was attached to ticket number
278511465896-6452 with your serial number 3772-554 drew you a lucky
number3-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the first category, you
are therefore been approved for lump sum of US$ 750,000.00 (Seven Hundred
and Fifty Thousand US Dollars) CONGRATULATIONS ! ! !
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, you are
advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has
been processed and your money remitted to your nominated bank. This is part
of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of
this program by some participants. All
participants were selected through an e-mail balloting. This
promotional program takes place every three years.
To file for your claim, please contact our claims
agent: MRS ANNE MOORE,
Email address: email@example.com
Please be informed that NON RESIDENT of THE LONDON
U.K., will be required to hire a qualified Lawyer (accredited) that
will assist him/her for the processing and legal documentation of the
winning prize, to enable our legal department acquire
naturalization papers from the court prior to award payment policy as
required by the paying financial security company.
However, be aware that your paying authority will effect payment
swiftly upon satisfactory report, verifications and validation provided
by our processing agent, that would be designated to your file, for due
processing and remittance of your winning prize to your designated account
of your choice.
Remember, all winning in this year category must be
claimed not later than 30th of January, 2006. After this date all unclaimed
funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid
unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference
number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
Congratulations once more from our members of staff
and thank you for being part of our promotional program. Note that you
must contact your claims agent within one week of receipt
of this notice.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically
DR. James Wilberforce/Walter Bellfort