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Fraud email example:
From: "SERGIO BELLONI." <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 14.24.24 +0100
Subject: Winning Notification From Hope Foundation Lotttery Organisation.
FROM THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
HOPE FOUNDATION E-MAIL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PROGRAM INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.
ADDRESS:VIA TURATI 22-24 MILAN
BACTH NO: HFTE/EU/1377/88788/004
REF. No: HFTE/EU/1570/60824/004
WINNING NOTIFICATION / PROCESSING ADVICE
This is to inform you of the release of the E-MAIL LOTTERY BALLOT
INTERNATIONAL/ WORLD GAMING BOARD held on the 7TH OF November 2005. Due to the
mix up of number, the results were released on the 24TH OF November 2005.
Your email address attached to Ticket No:5286394537 with Serial No
9114572523 drew the lucky numbers of 01-09-33-40-67 which subsequently won the
lottery in the 1st category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of
1,450,000.00 EURO(ONE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND EURO
ONLY) in credited to a file reference number KHLM 7663452987 This is from total
prize money of 7,250,000.00 Euro shared among the international winners in our
1st -5th categories. All participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn form 25,000 company email addresses and 3,000,000 individual email
addresses from all search engines and website all over the world as part of
International Promotions Program,conducted every TWO years ,and this is promoted
and sponsored by eminent personalities. CONGRATULATIONS! Your funds is now in
custody of a financial/
Security company insured in your FILE REFERENCE and covered with HIGH INSURANCE
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and
your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
participants.To process your claim, please contact your file/claim officer:
MR.MARCO LUCA OF HOPE FOUNDATION E-MAILS INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION,SPA.on
email(firstname.lastname@example.org) Make sure that you quote your winning
references in all your correspondence with them.
Please be informed that NON RESIDENCE of ITALY will be required to procure an
Affidavits of Lotto Claim/Court clearance certificate from the Court in ITALY
prior to European Gaming Board as required by the paying Authority.
Please be aware that your Paying Authority will Effect Payment Swiftly upon
satisfactory Report, For due processing and remittance of your winning prize to
designated account of your choice, please treat as urgent.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications, please remember to
quote your reference and batch numbers in everyone of your correspondences with
your agent and all reply must be via email as to ensure the legibility.
Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims
agent as soon as possible.
Note that all winning must be claimed not later than 30th December 2005.
After this date all unclaimed, funds will be included in the next
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 21 is automatically disqualified.