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Fraud email example:
From: "BRITISH LOTTERY GAME" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 14:49:07 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!
--THE BRITISH ONLINE GAME 2006British Lottery Headquarters:
33 YATCH BASIN MARINA OFFICES,
UPON TYNE NEWCASTLE LONDON
Ref: BTL/311OXI/02WINNING NOTIFICATIONWe happily announce to you the draw of the British lottery programs programs held on the 1st of January 2006 in London, Your e-mail address attached, to ticket number: 694 75600545 721 with Serial number: 886/04 drew the lucky numbers:01-6-2-13-35-17, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.You are therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of GBP500,000.00( five hundred thousand, pounds sterlings) in cash credited to file RPC/9080115322/44. This is from a total cash prize of GBP 125 million pounds sterlings.
This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for British Lottery, The estimated 125 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in U.K. history.The biggest was the 363 million pounds sterlings jackpot that went to two winners in a May 2000 drawing of The Big Game, Mega Millions' predecessor. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our
play coupon. In view of this, your GBP500,000.00 (five hundred thousand,pounds sterlings) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in UK.Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with him.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies.This promotion takes place annually.To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent with the below details for processing of your claims.AGENT: Mr.Trevor Smith
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.Sincerely,
Mr Simmon Russells.
Zonal CoordinatorWarning!!!: Fraudulent emails are circulating that appear to be using Britsih National Lottery addresses, but are not from The British Lottery.PLEASE REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO :
CUSTOMER CARE/COMPLAINTS DEPT:email@example.comLAST WINNERS ON BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE GAME.