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Fraud email example:
From: From :"Mrs. Maria Lopez ( The secretary )." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2006 13:05:11 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOU HAVE WON FROM THE LOTTERIA PROGRAMME OF THE SESSON;
EL GORDO SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY COMPANY S.L
C/ VILLAFONTANA 1,Nº 38-43,MORATALAD.28056.
18TH FEBUARY, 2006
FROM: THE DESK OF VICE PRESIDENT.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF NO: EGS/2551256003/05
RE:AWARD NOTIFICATION,FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you of the results of the EL GORDO SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM held on the 27th JANUARY, 2006.
Your name attached to ticket number 025-11464992-750 with serial number 2113-05 drew the lucky numbers 4-18-24-30-31-35 wich consequently won the lottery 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of 1,185,010,00 ( ONE MILLION ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND, TEN EUROS ONLY) in cash credited to file REF NO; EGS/2551256003/05.This is from a total cash of 16,368,770.00 ( SIXTEEN MILLION THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY EIGHT THOUSAND,SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY EUROS ONLY ) shared among the seventeen international winners in this category.
Your fund is now deposited with a security company insured to your name.Due to the mixed up of some numbers and names,we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated account as this is a part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Asia,Australia,MiddleEast,Newzealand,Europe and Noth America as part of our international promotions program which we conduct once every year.We hope that with a part of your prize,you will take part in our end of year highstake 2.3 billion international lottery.
Provide them with the information below:
1. FILE REFERENCE NUMBER:
2. BATCH NUMBER:
3. TICKET NUMBER:
4. WINNING NUMBER:
6. AMOUNT WON:
7a. FULL NAME:(MR/MRS)
b. TEL AND FAX NUMBER:
11. POSITION :
12. DATE OF BIRTH:
13. PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS:
To commence your lottery claim please contact your claims agent,MR JOHN LUCAS ,foreign services manager EUROLINE SECURITY COMPANY S.A on TEL:0034 662-342 521
FAX:- 0034 605-329-681 Or Via E-mail: email@example.com for processing and
remmitance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice.
Remmenber,all prize money must be claimed not later than 15TH MARCH, 2006.After
this date all funds will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,please remmenber to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence with us or your agent.Furthermore,should there be any change of your address,do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Remember that you have to pay your claims agent 10% of your fund after the money gets to you.
Congratulations again from all the members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our promotions program.
DON JOSE ALBERTO