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Fraud email example:
From: "info mailer" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:17:11 +0000
Subject: euro millones (your email address have won a lottery)
FROM THE DESK OF VICE PRESIDENT
EURO MILLONES LOTTERY
MADRID - SPAIN
We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the
Euro Millones Lottery International Email Address draw on the 30th of
November due to the mixture of names and address the result was released on
December 2005. All 10 winning addresses were randomly selected from a
batch of 50,000,000 international email addresses. Your email address
alongside 9 others as a category 2 winner in this year's Annual Euro
Millones Lottery Draw.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
US$500,000:00 (Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars
Only).The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment
(I) Batch No: WTWU/3030/INSD
(ii) Ticket No: 245-242-065
(iii) Lucky No: 06-19-25-39-44
(iv) Ref No: MGMT/1770/5800/EUES
The Euro Millones Lottery Program is proudly sponsored by the Microsoft
Corporation, the Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell computers, and a conglomeration
of other international IT companies.
The Euro Millones Lottery Program internet draw is held once in a year and
is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and computers
worldwide. We are proud to say that over 200 Million Euros are won annually
in more than 150 countries worldwide.
To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent as
soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
Mr JACK WILLIAMS
ATLANTIC AGENCIAS SPAIN
N.B:Steps to claiming your prize;
1.Please quote your Reference number in all correspondence with the claims
2. You must contact the appointed agent with your Full Names, Contact
Telephone Numbers (Home, Office and Mobile Number and also Fax Number)
via email to process the immediate payment of your prize.
3. Be informed that the appointed agent will be required to swear an
Affidavits of Lotto Claim and also obtain Approval Legal Clearance
Certificate from the Court of Justice here in Spain which is in
accordance with the European Union Financial Commission Act 2004 on payment
International Lottery Winners.
Please be aware that the PAYING BANK will Effect Payment Swiftly upon
satisfactory Report, Verifications and validation provided by this
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you.
Once again congratulations!!!
Euro Millones Lottery