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Fraud email example:
From: "Barrister Michael Williams" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 21:43:23 +0000
PO Box 1010
REFERENCE NUMBER: UK/839030X2/14
BATCH NUMBER: 065/088/XY24
TICKET NUMBER: 023-1111-790-458
OUR REF: 27349/46
We are pleased to inform you of the final announcement of winners of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE PROMO PROGRAMME held on th of 1st October 2006.
Your ticket number 023-1111-790-458 attached to your email address, with serial number 5073-12 drew the lucky numbers 08-12-13-19-26-28(bonus no.11),this lucky number subsequently won you the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of £850,000.00(Eight hundred and fifty Thousand Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file XYL/26510460037/04. This is from a total cash prize of£8,500,000.00, shared amongst the first ten (10) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.
All participants of this online promotion programme were selected randomly from numerous World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from close to 125,000 unions, associations and corporate bodies listed online. This promotion takes place Quarterly.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in the United Kingdom as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your £850,000.00(Eight hundred and fifty Thousand Pounds Sterling) would be released to you by any of our payment office in the United Kingdom.
Your assigned claims agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him/her via electronic mail (email) or other options made available to you.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our claims agent with the contact below;
Barrister Michael Williams.
Foreign Services Manager, Payment and Release order
Department, OSA CLAIMS PROCESSING LOTTERY AGENT.
TRANS-ATLANTIC S.A LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Fax : +448712476530
You are required to provide him with the information below for verification purposes:
8.Country of Residence:________________________________________________
1 3.Batch Number(above):_______________________________________________
For due processing and remittance of your prize money.
Note: You must contact your claims officer not later than 2(two) weeks after this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications.
please remember to quote your reference number in every one of your correspondences with your claims officer. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims officer as soon as possible.
CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE MEMBERS AND STAFF OF UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Mr. Clive Groove .
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.