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Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2007 18:26:30 +0100 (CET)
Subject: YOU ARE TO CONTACT MR. RENE HUSON FOR THE CLAIM OF YOUR PRIZE FUND.
YOU ARE TO CONTACT MR. RENE HUSON FOR THE CLAIM OF YOUR PRIZE FUND.
FROM: THE PROMOTION CO-ORDINATOR OF STAATS LOTERIJ
STAATS LOTERIJ PROMOTION CO-ORDINATOR
GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED!!!
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION PROGRAM
IS REGISTERED UNDER THE NETHERLANDS GAMING CONTROL LOTTERY
BOARD PROTECTION ACT OF;
We happily notify you of the draw of the Email Lottery Ballot - World Gaming Board Sweepstakes program held on Saturday - the 6th of January, 2007 at our Lottery office complex in Den Haag.
Your email address attached to our Lottery payment order, had the following details:(i) Ticket Nr.: DZS-NED 338-691-BBT/2006; (ii) Lucky Nrs.: 11, 18, 25, 43, 56, 77, 89; (iii) Reference Nr.: MST/18436/DZS-NED;(iv) Batch Nr.:KNED-LOTT 5196 72X5G; which consequently won you this lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of One Million Euro only, in cash, credited to your File Reference number as quoted above. This is from a total cash prize of Fifty Million Euro only, shared amongst the fifty winners in this category.
A total of 500,000 email addresses were entered for the Email Lottery Ballot - World Gaming Board Sweepstakes International. All email addresses entered for the game were submitted by our partners; International email service providers from over 140 countries that are listed, online and were thereafter randomly selected systematically through our Electronic Random Selection System (ERSS).
Microsoft Corporation, to encourage some individuals with websites and email addresses promoted this lottery which takes place at this time, of every three years.
The payment authority of your prize - One Million Euro only - already paid and insured in your name with our Paying bank will be issued to effect immediate / swift transfer in the mode you will prefer and nominate, upon satisfactory report on your identity verification and validation recommendation by our Claims Department. Email addresses registered with false names are not eligible to claiming this prize.
We are proud to inform you that, over 200 million Euros are won annually in more than 140 countries worldwide, as a result of our promotional programmes.
Due to the mixup of certain names, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claim has been processed and your money paid to you. All winnings must be claimed not later than th of 25th of January, 2007. After this date, all unclaimed funds will be withdrawn.
To file for your claim, please contact our Claims Department:
FOREIGN TRANSFER MANAGER
MR. RENE HUSON.
STAATS LOTERIJ CLAIMS DEPARTMENT.
for your identity verification, while quoting: (i). Your full name(s) and Nationality;(ii). Reference Number and (iii). Batch Number:
Congratulations once more.
Mrs. Colleen Van Ken,
Online coordinator for STAATS LOTERIJ Sweepstakes International Lottery Promotion Program
BELOW ARE THE SPONSORS OF THIS PROGRAM
Dr. P. Swier (CEO), Mr. Rene Huson (Manager Forei gn Operations), Mr. Franklyn Van Der Weijden (Manager Domestic Banking Operations), Dr. James Williams (Director International Credit Department), Barr. Blenheim Mark (Legal Representative), Mrs. Lyudmyla Marchukova(Regional Manager), Mr. Stephen Boer (Chairman), Mr. Chris Moritz (International Relation Officer).