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Fraud email example:
From: Carl Moore <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 20:07:20 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION AWARD
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
We happily announce to you the draw (#1113) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on Wed. 23rd August, 2006.
Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky (lotto) numbers:
06 16 20 21 23 37
Bonus ball (#40) which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of Â£541,022 (Five hundred and forty one thousand,twenty-two pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of Â£3,246,132 shared amongst the (6) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 6 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from the World Wide Websites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.
Your prize award has been insured in your name and is ready for claims. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact our licensed and accredited claims agent for Overseas Lottery Winners within a period of 7 days (date of this email inclusive) for the processing of your winnings and remittance to your designated bank account after all statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with.
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 Â£541.022 (Five hundred and forty one thousand, twenty-two pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated period may be forfeited to the pool without further notice.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact her. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your prize remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.
To file for claim, fill out the information required in the verification form and establish contact via e-mail to our overseas claims unit with the information below:
OVERSEAS CLAIMS UNIT
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Mrs. Sharon Cole. email:
9.LOTTO NUMBER:____________________ B. DRAW NUMBER:______________
13.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL____________
CLAIMANT SIGNATORY DECLARATION
I,......................................HEREBY DECLARE THAT I HAVE NEVER RECIEVED ANY FORM OF SETTLEMENT FROM THE UK. NATIONAL LOTTERY NOR ANY MEMBER OF MY FAMILY.
I, THEREFORE, DECLARE THAT THE UK. NATIONAL LOTTERY ACTS ON MY BEHALF IN THE PROCESSING AND TRANSFER OF MY PRIZE AS INSTRUCTED BY ME.
You can go to our online result site to confirm your winnings
and also for verification of your winning numbers:
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Dr. Carl A. Moore.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
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