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Fraud email example:
From: "COMFORT GRACE HOWARD(Mrs)." <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:19:40 +0100
Subject: LOTTONET INTERNATIONAL AWARD/WINNING NOTIFICATION
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the long awaited recently released result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 1st of May,2005 in commemoration of the workers day celebration http://flag.blackened.net/daver/anarchism/mayday.html YOUR EMAIL-ADDRESS attached to ticket number:612-430-11-19 with serial number IV 241872.drew lucky numbers 701-9211-511,which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 425,000.00 Euros. (FOUR HUNDRED&TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND EUROS ONLY)already insured in your favour.
This is to help encourage the rapid use of microsoft wares and to enlighten and promote the wide spread usage of the internet within the global world,under the able sponsorship of microsoft ware wizard Bill Gates,Sultan of Brunei,together with the USA,AUSTRALIA& a few members of the EUROPEAN ECONOMIC STATES, being powered by http://lottostrategies.com./
This is our second and last reminder to you with every believe that you received the last notification sent to you via the same email address last month as the management will not continue to send you another notice/reminder over your winning if you do not respond immediately to your claims.
We strongly advise that you strictly keep your winning information confidential due to mix up of some numbers and names until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you.
This is part of our security protocol and diversed new measures to avoid the duplicating and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants and unscrupulous personals/establishment.
Meanwhile,to clarify your doubts on how come you were selected and frequently questions that you may likely ask(HOW DID I ENTER THIS CONTEST???HOW DID YOU GET MY EMAIL ADDRESS???HOW DID I WIN???).
Please note that all email address/names registered with different and various websites/pages in the internet were selected through a computerized ballot machine system from the internet,randomly drawn from over 100,000.00 COMPANIES and 50,000,000.00(INDIVIDUALS PRIVATE/PERSONAL) Email Addresses and names from all over the world,where your own EMAIL ADDRESS happens to have been luckily selected under the second category(B) to have attracted this winnings.
This promotional program takes place once in every three years in conjunction with international governmental policies under very strict regulatory laws within the world lottery association in the bid to strive towards a world without poverty in which every person can exercise his or her right to a life of dignity and to equally establish themselves and help create room for useful and gainful employment through the fund/prize you are been awarded.
We hope that you will equally ultilise your prize winnings fund in an innovation,support,promote,meaningfully and gainfully reputation scheme in your lifes,government and people.
To file in and collect your claims for this prize winning award, please quickly contact only and directly our nominated fiducial/accredited agent,who is to personally act as your TRUSTEES CLAIM AGENT: DR HARRIS BENSON.(for)
NETWORKING EQUITY CONSULTANT&SECURITIES
Remember, all winning must be claimed before and not later than(20TH JANUARY,2006).After this date all unclaimed funds stands the risk of being retrieved back into the treasury and perhaps included in the next stake.Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications always remember to quote your REFERENCE&BATCH NUMBERS in all correspondence to your nominated and acredited trustees claims agent and ensure to comply with every detailed directives.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff for having been a lucky winner in our international promotions program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
COMFORT GRACE HOWARD(Mrs).
Regional President/Lottery Coordinator.
CONFIDENTIALITY: This e-mail message is confidential and is intended only for the addressee of the email address holder who is to immediately report directly and only to the claims agent.Any unauthorized use or disclosure is strictly prohibited.Disclosure of this e-mail to anyone other than the intended addressee does not constitute waiver of privilege. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately and delete this. Thank you for your cooperation.