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Fraud email example:
From: claims awarddeptnl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 01:52:15 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: EMAIL AWARD NOTICE!!!
EMAIL AWARD NOTICE!!!
SKY-LO INTERNATIONAL ONLINE E-GAMES
Lotto Winners of 1,500,000.00 Euros
Ref. Number: 35149/337-5247/LN1
Coupon Number: NL132478
ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners of the SKY-LO ONLINE E-GAMES LOTTERY POGRAMS held on 12th September 2006.Your Company or your personal e-mail address is attached to winning number 20-01-2005-02MSW, with serial number S/N-00168 drew the lucky numbers 887-13-865-37-10-83, and consequently won in the first lottery category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of One Million Five Hundred Thousand EUROS (1,500,000.00) in cash credited to file REF NO: 35149/337-5247/LN1 and Coupon NO.NL132478.
This is from total prize money of 10,687,000 EUROS, shared among the Twenty international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system drawn form 21,000 names, 3,000 names from each continent, as part of International "E-MAIL" Promotions Program, which is conducted once in every four years for our prominent MS WORD user all over the world,and for the continues use of E-mail.
Your fund has been deposited in an escrow account with our affiliate Bank here in NETHERLAND, and insured with your REF NO: 35149/337-5247/LN1 and your E-mail address.
You are to keep your ref. number and coupon number from the public, until you have been processed and your money remitted to your personal account.We hope with your prize, you will be happy to promote the use of E-mail and the use of MS WORD.
To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the claims department by email or call for processing and remittance of your prize money to you.Your assigned claims Director contact is:
1106 WC AMSTERDAM
He is to help you in claiming your due prize. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than the 6th October, 2006. All funds not claimed on or before the fixed date will be penalized accordingly.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and coupon numbers in all correspondences with your claims director.All response should be sent to email@example.com
Mrs. Edsilia Simon
For SKY-LO E-GAMES, NETHERLAND.