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Fraud email example:
From: "LOTTERY OFFICE" <firstname.lastname@example.org> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 19:22:51 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOU ARE THE WINNER TO OUR LOTTO SWEEP STAKE
ONLINE-SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS.
From: Sweepstakes Lottery UNITED KINGDOM
Sweepstakes Lottery Natinal Secretariat
111 Gower Street London
WC1E6HD United Kingdom
Tel: 44 703 181 8286
Fax: 44 870 478 2731
Customer Service: 480 NCA1068
Attention 2nd Category,
We the Board and Management of Online-Sweepstakes Lottery London United Kingdom, wishes to inform you the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery international program held on Saturday, June 03, 2006. It is yet to be claimed and you are getting the final NOTIFICATION as regards this. This results is today released to you and your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545-188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 11, 13, 26, 34, 44, 48 and bonus ball number: 02. Which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$975,000.00 (NINE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of US$4.875.000.00 shared amongst the five (5) lucky winners in this category. All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, individuals and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place yearly.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!\\Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our South Africa booklet representative office in South Africa as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your US$975,000.00 (NINE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) will be released to you by any of our below payment offices in South Africa.
Endeavor to Quote your reference/batch numbers in your correspondence with us and you are advised not to expose your numbers to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program or you winnings will be void Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our lottery Claim agent for the processing of your payment.
MR. MCGREGOR MBOM
FINANCIAL/LOTTERY CLAIMS DEPARTMENT
Sweepstakes Lottery Natinal Secretariat
111 Botha Crescent
P.O.BOX 4176 ROODERPORT
Tel: 27 73 961 2588
Fax: 27 11 507 5829
Email: email@example.com <http://us.f559.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?Tofirstname.lastname@example.org>.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Should there be any change of addresses do inform our agent as soon as possible.
ANYONE BELOW EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE CAN MAKE HIS/ HER CLAIM IN PROXY THROUGH EITHER OF THE PARENTS.
Once again congratulations from me and members of staff of the ONLINE-SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY.
Elizerbith Harry (Mrs.)
International Relation Officer.
BELOW ARE THE SPONSORS OF THIS PROGRAM
Dr. P. Swier (CEO), Dr. George Wood (Finance/ Lottery Claim Manager and Foreign Operations), Mr. Franklyn Van Der Weijden (Manager Domestic Banking Operations), Dr. James Williams (Director International Credit Department), Mrs. Lonni K Anderson (Legal Representative), Mrs. Lyudmyla Marchukova(Regional Manager), Mr. Stephen Boer (Chairman), Mrs. Elizerbith Harry (International Relation Officer).
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YOU ARE ADVICE TO CONTACT/CALL THE ABOVE MENTIONED PERSON FOR IMMEDIATE PROCESSING AND TRANSFER OF YOUR WINNING PRIZE MONEY THANKS..