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Fraud email example:
From: "Uk International Lottery" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Jan 2007 07:36:20 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE A WINNER!!!
FROM THE LOTTERY
THE UNITED KINGDOM
PO BOX 287, WATFORD
WD18 9TT, UNITED KINGDOM.
Lottery Prize Winning Announced TodayTHE 5th OF JANUARY 2007
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release from the United Kingdom national Lottery program. Your name was attached to:
Ticket number; 47061725Batch number; 7056490902Winning number; 11-12-34-39-44-48bonus number 21
which consequently won the lottery in the first category.
You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of (2.1 MILLION POUNDS STERLIN) (TWO MILLION, ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize of (POUND STERLING 33.6 million) shared amongst sixteen lucky winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn form Nine hundred thousand names from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceanic as part of our international promotions program. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.
Further more your name falls within our African representative office in Johannesburg South Africa. as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of (2.1 MILLION POUNDS STERLIN) will be released to you from our paying banks. We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our Middle of the year high stakes for POUNDS STERLIN 1.3 Billion international draw.
How to claim your prize Simply contact our fiduciary agents, Dr. MICHAEL JACOBS or Mrs. NANCY VAN, EMAIL ADDRESS: (firstname.lastname@example.org) to file for your claim. Please quote your reference, batch and winning number which can be found on the top of this notification as well as the below listed informations:FULL NAMES:
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participant or unofficial personnel.
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed before the 15th of JANUARY 2007 otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity organizations.
!!!Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!
CONTACT YOUR CLAIM AGENTS
Dr. MICHAEL JACOBS or Mrs. NANCY VAN
EMAIL CONTACT: email@example.com
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL LOTTERY
UINVERSAL BUILDING, 132-133 PARK HURST
BALFOUR UNIT 1440. JOHANNESBURG. 2001
YOU ARE ADVICE TO CONTACT YOUR CLAIMING AGENTS IMMEDIATELY. ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION.
THE UNITED KINGDOM
INTERNATIONAL NATIONAL LOTTERY.
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