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Fraud email example:
From: "Sharon Bellman" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 22:06:38 +0000
Subject: ***Your Email Address Have Won***
UK-STAKE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
184 WESTING FIELD DRIVE, S.W 4TH,
We announce to you the draw (#1089) of the UK Stake draw/Promotions held on
the 16th of November 2006 in Liverpool UK, THE UNITED KINGDOM INTERNATIONAL
PROGRAMMES,your email address was attached to ticket number 36475600545-163
UK, with serial number 9428/05 drew The lucky numbers 18-06-20-14-64-11-06,
and consequently Won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of Ã.Â£1,000,000:00
(GBP) in cash credited to file REF NO. Ref:UK/OBS/9510R9/06.
This is from total prize money of Ã.Â£8,000,000.00 GBP) shared among the
Eight International winners in this category.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Website through
computer draw system and extracted from over!100,000 companies as part of
International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
representative office in Europe. In view of this, your Ã.Â£1,000,000.00
(GBP) will be released to you by our preferred payment center in London.
Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of
your winnings as soon as you contact the payment centre.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claims is processed and your winnings 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 by some unscrupulous people.
Please be warned, as this is part of the lottery program to avoid double
claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this prog! ram.
Your prize is deposited safely with a security banking fi rm here in United
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary claim Agent;
Tel: + 44 703 189 6827
LOTTERY FIDUCIARY AGENT
For due processing and remittance of your prize, please remember to quote
your Reference, draw and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences
with your claim agent.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than the 1st of
December, 2006. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
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