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Fraud email example:
From: UK NATIONAL LOTTERY <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2006 04:35:32 -0300
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION (CONGRATULATIONS!!!)
The UK National Lottery
PO Box 1010
Ref: XYL /26510460037/05
Batch: 24/00319/IPDWINNING NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the draw (#1085) of THE NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 5th August 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:03 -10- 19 -33 -35 -38 08 (Bonus Ball)which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category for Match 6. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £190,000 (One hundred and ninety thousand pounds sterling) in cash credited to file XYL /26510460037/05.
This is from a total cash prize of £570,000 (Five hundred and seventy thousand pounds sterling) shared amongst the (3) lucky winners in this category for Match 6. 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 and co-operate bodies that are listed online.
This promotion takes place Twice a year. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your £190,000 (One hundred and ninety thousand pounds sterling) would be released to you by our payment office in UK. Our Fudiciary agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program, Please be warned.
Congratulations once again from all the staff here. In order to verify your winnings, we need your particulars for record purposes, Attached here is a copy of our verifications form, please fill accordingly so as to proceed with your winnings. Once again congratulations from all the staff.VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM
1.FULL NAMES: _________________________________
5.MARITAL STATUS: ________________________________
9.REF NUMBERS _____________ BATCH NUMBER: ___________________
10.TICKET NUMBER: _________________________________
11.SERIAL NUMBER: _________________________
12.AMOUNT WON: _______________________________________
13.CITY:___________________ ZIP CODE:_____________________________
16.HOW DO YOU FEEL AS A WINNER:_________________________________To file for your claim, please fill and submit your verification form to our claims department immediately
Fudiciary agent: Gordon Moore
Fax: +44-870-479-7119Warning!!! Fraudulent emails are circulating that appear to be using The National Lottery addresses, but are not from The National Lottery, So beware!!!. Once again congratulations...SIR GEORGE HARRIS
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
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