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Fraud email example:
From: SPANISH PROMO <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Sep 2006 21:38:50 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: SPANISH PROMO WINNING's NOTIFICATION
THE SPANISH EL GORDO LOTTERY HEADQUATERS.
EspaÃ±a.C Don Jaime I nÂº11 2Âº
We the Board and Management of Spanish El-Gordo Lottery, wishes to
inform you the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery international
program held on wed. 20th day of September, 2006 The biggest & richest
Online email Lottery in the world. It is yet to be claimed and you are
getting the final notification as regards this.
The online Cyber Lotto Email draws was conducted by a random selection
of email addresses from an exclusive list of 500,000 E-mail addresses
of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated
random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but
all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for
representation and privacy.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as
one of twelve winners in the first category with the following data.
Ref Number: EAASL/941OYI/02/BAZ
Batch Number: 12/25/0034
Ticket Number: 025-11464992-750
Which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category, you as well
as the other winners are therefore to receive a cash prize of USD
$1,000,000(ONE MILLION DOLLARS) each from the total payout.
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
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Europe
booklet representative office in UK as indicated in your play coupon. In
view of this, your USD $1,000,000(ONE MILLION DOLLARS) will be released
to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Endeavor to Quote your reference/batch numbers in your correspondence
with us and you are advised not to expose your numbers to avoid double
clamming and unwarranted abuse of this program or you winnings will be
void Please be warned. To begin the claims processing of your prize
winnings you are advised to contact our licensed and accredited claims
Agent/security Company for first category winners with the information
Mr. Larry Handsome.,
Foreign Services Manager, Payment and Release Order Dept.
Company: SECURE TRUST PLC
2 Mosley St Manchester M2 3AN
WARNING: DO NOT CLICK ON REPLY TO EMAIL US BACK,MAKE SURE YOU SEND YOUR RESPONSE TO THE EMAIL WRITTEN ABOVE.
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed within 20 days from today. After
this date all unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake.
Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence with your
You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public
especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important, as a case
of double claims will not be entertained).
Members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to
participate in this program.
Thank you and congratulations!!!
N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to disqualification. Remember, you must contact your claim agent not
later than 72 hrs upon receipt of this information to file for your
claims after this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed Please do
not reply to this mail...