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Fraud email example:
From: "GIANI UNION LOTTERY PROMO" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 06:41:44 +0400
Subject: Congratulation you won a lottery!!!!!!!
205 Rekwok Road,
Cape Town South Africa.
FROM: PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We wish to inform you of the lottery draws held on 1st January 2007 to
declare the winners of then GIANI LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS.
Your company, attached to ticket number 1145-20754-084, with serial number
722-01 drew the lucky numbers 43-49-6-13-37-14, and consequently won the
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1, 200,000.00
Million Dollars in cash credited to file REF NO: REF: GBP/99555/2007. This
is from total prize money of 120, 000,000.00 Million Dollars shared among
the seventeen international winners in this category. All participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 17,000 names from
Jordan, New Zealand, America, Europe and Middle East and Asia as part our
International Promotions Program, which is conducted monthly.
Your fund is now available for claim. Due to the mix up of some numbers and
names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until
your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This
is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous
acts by participants of this promotion.
We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our end of year
high stakes 100, 000,000 Million Dollars International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact our finance accredited claims agent by
email, phone or via fax with your batch/reference winner numbers, a copy any
identification card or document to identify your self, residential address,
date of birth and your contact tel/fax number as they are in charge of
making payment to you. Contact details below.
BARRITER RON STRIDOM
Tel + 27 78 170 3620
Fax +27 11 507 5638
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later
than Two Weeks after notice. After this date, all funds will be returned as
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your
correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of
your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of
our promotions program.
For any enquiries contact person:Lerato Ntobi
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
GIANI UNION LOTTERY,
***" YOUR CHANCE TO WIN BIG" ***