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Fraud email example:
From: EURO MILLION LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 13:48:02 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOU HAVE WON THE LOTTERY
EURO MILLION LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
CALLE MOSTOLES 23C PISO 6G 28923 MADRID ESPANA
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT.INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD..
REFERENCE: 67/80/IPDATTENTION:AWARD NOTIFICATION.
This is to inform you of the release of the EURO MILLION LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL held on the 4th of FEBRUARY 2006.The results were released on the 7th of FEBRUARY,2006.
Your email address was attached to ticket number 653-908-321-675 with serial number 345-790-241-671 that drew the lucky
numbers of 34-32-90-43-32, which consequently won the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum of payent of Euros1,000,000.00(ONE MILLION EURO,ONLY)
This is from 20,000.000.00 (TWENTY MILLION EURO) in cash among the 20 participating finalist playing 6,000 full tickets.
Your fund is now deposited with our Paying Bank and insured in your name. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you
keep this award from public notice untill your claims has been processed and the money remitted to your account as this is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming of unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants as it has happened in the past.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from25,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and
South America, Middle East and Africa .This programme is sponsored by EUROPEAN UNION/BILL GATES and WORLD INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANISATION TO PROMOTE and ENAHNCE the use of SOFT WARE IN THE GOBAL WORLD.we hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs. To begin your lottery claims , please contact your claims agent, MR GEORGE PRATT on Telephone number:0034-606-742-900 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com,with all your information provided that you are the user of this mail,either your country passport or any other indentity.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than two weeks from the day you receive this notification.Any claim not made before this date will be returned to the EUROPEAN UNION MINISTRY OF FINANCE of such country. And also be informed that 10% of your lottery winningbelongs to your agent because they are the companythat bought your ticket and played the lottery on your name, NOTE this 10% will be remitted.AFTER you have received your winnings prize because the money is insured in your name already.
Remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence with us or your claim agent.Furthermore, should there be any change of address, please do inform your claim agent as soon as possible.
A copy of your lucky winning ticket and your deposit certificate will be sent to you by your claim agent,MR GEORGE PRATT.
Once again CONGRATULATION from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our International promotions program.
we wish you continued good fortunes.