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Fraud email example:
From: "Peter George" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:01:36 +0000
Subject: LOTTERY AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION
OFFICIAL SPONSOR: MERCEDES BENZ COPERATION (UK)
1-3 Leinster Gardens,London W2 6DP London
FROM:THE PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS DEPT.
Dear Lottery Winner!!!
LOTTERY AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION
Europe/ America private international e-games organizers and
co-sponsors,ACCULOTTO Group International, officially brings to your notice
of the final draw result of the ACCULOTTO Wheel E-game which was conducted
at our international corporate office complex here in UK.
Most recently this foundation set up the NEW LOTTERY SCHEME.We use an
incredible 3-Point Triangulation System that generates the most accurate,
personalized lucky numbers using AccuLotto system.By doing this the
foundation seek to courage the use of Internet for academic
and business pursuits. It major aim is to promote music,theater,art,
literature, projects in the social and political arena with a focus on
health, as well as science, research, and higher education.
You have emerged the 2005 ACCULOTTO.COM promotions award winner of our
yearly car give away promotions.Your email which drew the winning number,
was selected via our E-games Random Selection System (ERSS) we hereby wish
to inform you that your free Mercedes car attached with 1000.000 EURO in
cash are pending your collection.
You have been approved for a payment of 1000, 000.00euros (ONE MILLION
EUROS.)And a MERCEDES BENZ CAR in cash credited to file reference number:
IPL/4249859609/WP1 which is deposited with Finance & Security Company in
your favor as beneficiary and covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY.
All participants were selected through an exclusive 3-point triangulation
system to generate YOUR lucky lottery numbers. Your email address attached
to ticket number EL-23133 with batch number
EL-35, serial number EL-123542 and reference number EL-9318 drew winning
number 14-6-7-9-07, consequently.We ask that you keep this award personal,
till your claim has been processed and your funds remitted to you. This is
part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking
advantage of the situation by other participants or impersonators. To begin
your claim, do file for the release of your winning by contacting your/our
accredited claims agent:
Acculotto Claim Agent:Peter George
1-3 Leinster Gardens, London W2 6DP
PAYMENT/PROCESSING OFFICE, LONDON, UK.
Telephone: +44 7031930085.
They are your agent, and responsible for the processing and transfer of your
winnings to you. YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS ISW-91237-H067/B4 (keep
personal) Remember; your winning must be claimed not later than (23th
December. 2005). Failure to claim your winning/ fund will be added to next
International lottery program.Furthermore, should there be any change in
your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Once again Congratulations.
ACCULOTTO.COM/LOTTERY CO-ORDINATOR OFFICIAL SPONSOR: MERCEDES BENZ MOTOR