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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
Fraud email example:
From: "Lucky Winners" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 08 Jan 2006 05:40:27 +0000
Subject: You emerged our winner
NOTIFICATION OF YOUR EMAIL LOTTO WINNING
We are pleased to inform you from ROYAL HOME ELECTRONIC LOTTERY of the
announcement today,8th January 2006 as one of the lucky winners of The ROYAL
HOME ELECTRONIC LOTTERY draws, held on the 31st Of December 2005 as part of
our E-business promotional draws end. Participants in the draws were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000
email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia,
Australia, Europe, Middle East, as part of our electronic business
You qualified for the draw as a result of your visiting various websites we
are running the Electronic-business promotions for. You/Your Company email
address, attached with REFERENCE NUMBER: BMX=200X-19Z4-DMX, BATCH NUMBER:
YY77-XOO with serial number 215-18 drew the lucky numbers 12, 19, 27, 30,
34, 52, 89, and consequently won the 2005 1ST Quarter draw.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of £950,000 in
cash, which is the winning payout for First category winners. This is from
the total prize money of £10,500,000.00 shared among the seven winners in
the First category.
Your winnings should be claimed from our paying Agents. ( BUCKINGHAM FINANCE
AND AGENCY Limited),As we have notified them. Due to the mix that may arise
from emails of winners and numbers we ask that you keep this award strictly
from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money
remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with
a part of your prize, you will participate in our End of year (2006) high
stakes £1.1 billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact our paying agent who also will be your
claim agent immediately:
MANAGER BROKERAGE SERVICE
BUCKINGHAM FINANCE AND AGENCY
For due processing and remittance of your prize money,
Remember you must contact your claim agent not later
than 20th Of January 2006 after this date, all funds
will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, please remember to quote your reference
and batch numbers provided below in every one of your
correspondences with your claims agent.
Also to begin your Claim send to your claims agent the following
information by email.
1) YOUR BATCH AND REFFERENCE NUMBERS and AMOUNT WON
2) YOUR FULL NAME AND AGE
3) YOUR ADDRESS
4) A COPY OF YOUR ID (PASSPORT OR DRIVERS LISCENCE)
5) CONTACT TLEPHONE, MOBILE PHONE NUMBER AND FAX NUMBER
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part
of our promotions program.
THE LOTTO AWARDS MANAGER,
ROYAL HOME ELECTRONIC LOTTERY
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
disqualification. This is a computer generated message. Please do not reply
to this mail since we will be unable to answer these replies.Contact your
claims agent by email fax or phone