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Fraud email example:
From: "support\@newmixicolottery\.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2006 21:55:51 -0600
Subject: ATTN: Winner (Ticket Number: 2247887653)
New Mexico Lottery Headquarters:
Palais Des Nations,
109 Geneva 14,
The members and sponsors happily announce to you the draw of the New Mexico Lottery programs held on the 1st of June, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 2247887653 which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 individuals and companies.The Lottery teams up with local companies and media partners to promote Lottery products, and informs citizens on where the proceeds from Lottery ticket sales go.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,000,000 EURO(ONE MILLION EURO) in cash. This is from a total cash prize of FIFTY THREE MILLION EURO,shared amongst the first hundred (53) lucky winners in this category.A statewide focus is taken on most large promotions, and the Lottery works with local companies, such as Pepsi and IBM, in "co-promotional" partnerships. These partnerships help each company introduce new products to customers.
This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.
In view of this, your 1,000,000 EURO(ONE MILLION EURO) would be released to you by our Security firm. To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary/Claims Agent:
Mr. Brain Morrison.
Tel: +44-702-406-5874 / +44-703-183-3986
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, you are to contact Mr Terry Davis with followings details below:
(1) FULL NAME
(2) FULL ADDRESS
(4) COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE
(8) WINNING EMAIL
(9) TELEPHONE NUMBER
(10) FAX NUMBER
(11)DATE OF WINNING NOTIFICATION
(13)TOTAL AMOUNT WON
The Lottery will not release personal information to third parties except where it is already provided by law. Depending on the specific nature of the service, information may be shared with other state agencies as stated in the Open Records Act. This statute allows for the exchange of public records or sharing of information between public agencies when the exchange is serving a legitimate governmental need or is necessary in the performance of a legitimate government function. E-mail addresses or other information that is obtained as a result of interacting with the Colorado Lottery web site will be used for the benefit of the Lottery and will not be sold to third party companies except as required by the Open Records Act.
The Lottery will not share personal information with any private party, except as required by the Open Records Act.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
please contact our fiduciary/Claims Agent:
Mr. Brain Morrison.