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Fraud email example:
From: betty rice <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 14:34:59 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: NOTIFICATION!!! YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS HAS WON A PROMOTION (Million)
STAATSLOTERIJ EMAIL PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL
FROM:INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD.
PROMOTING INTERNET USAGE OVER THE GLOBE
(MICROSOFT ENCOURAGE GLOBALIZATION)
FROM: THE PROMOTION COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
Microsoft B.V. Boeing Avenue 44 9459 PE Schiphol-Rijk.
RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice,
the results of the First Category draws of MICROSOFT PROMOTION INT. We
are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the First
Category, which is part of our promotional draws. The draws are being
officially announced today 26th of September 2006. Participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email
addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America,
Asia,Australia,Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of our
International Promotions Program.
Your e-mail address, attached to ticket number 50941465206-529, with
serial number 5772-54 drew the lucky numbers 3-4-17-28-35-44 and
consequently won in the First Category.
You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000 (One
Million Euros), which is the winning payout for Category A winners.
This is from the total prize money from 1,500,000 shared among the 2 winners
in this category CONGRATULATIONS!
Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank.
In your best interest to aviod mix up of numbers and names of any kind,
we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictly from
public notice until the process of transferring your claims has been
completed, and your funds remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants/nonparticipants of this program.
Please contact your claims department immediately for due processing and
remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice:
To file for your claim,please contact the fiduciary agent.
Mr.Peter van Holf,
Address:P.O. Box 2021 3500GA Utrecht Netherlands.
Tel. : +31-649-301-215
You are advised to contact the agents by email.
Failure to do so may warrant disqualification.
NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your Reference
and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in your correspondence
with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: LSLUK/2031/8161/06
BATCH NUMBER: 15/051/IPD
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being
part of our promotions program.
THE PROMOTION COORDINATOR,
N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to disqualification.Contact your fiduciary agent immediately.
This promotional program takes place every year. This year promotion
was promoted and sponsored by THE MANAGEMENT OF THE STAATSLOTERIJ COMPANY B.V.
We hope with part of your winning you will take part on
our next year â¬2 million international promotion.