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Fraud email example:
From: Microsoft Director UK Promotion <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 13 Jan 2007 23:07:35 +0100
Subject: ATTENTION WINNER: Director Microsoft
MICROSOFT® MEGA JACKPOT EMAIL PROMOTION
BANK OF ENGLAND/MICROSOFT HOUSE, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Director: Mrs. Heather Church.
I am so sorry to say this that I have been instructed today 13th of JANUARY to inform you that you should please fill in the disclaiming form indicating your disinterest in claiming your winning sum of £5,500,000.00 FIVE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS. Equivalent to ($10,464,000 USD) and state the reasons why you are not claiming your funds so that the (MICROSOFTWORD®) can proceed with the next level of claiming this funds, the only way the PROMOTION HOUSE can do this is after you must have replied this e-mail and the Microsoft word Board is satisfied with your reasons why you can not claim your funds this is where the yearly charity programmed now comes in, they will now be giving the right to make payment for the winnings.
This is what I have been trying to explain to you, but all you see me to be is a scam, you now forget that it's GOD that gives wealth not man, You would have been served this disclaiming form for a very long time but I have been begging on your behalf. Only today I was instructed to send you this disclaiming form of which I am very sorry about.
Its a chance to become a millionaire. Consider your self lucky to have won in our annual Mega Jackpot Email Promotion. Do get back to me as the new director assigned to assist you in this claiming process via the mail address below for further assistance on how to proceed in the claiming of your GB 5.5 Million Pounds.
Mrs. Heather Church.
Your reply to this e-mail is very important and will be highly regarded.
From the instructions you were ask to either make payment in TWENTY working days or forget about the winnings, but I will advice you that this is a life changing money see what you can do in this regards for I am talking to you right now as a Friend and close colleague If after the above mentioned days and we do not hear from you it will be assumed that you do not want to claim your prize/money, there by giving us the right to disburse your winnings for our yearly charity programs that sees charity Homes in UK eligible to claim this winnings. Please, you are advice to print out the form, sign it and send it back to us as an attachment or via mail. Fill the correct details please.
DISBURSEMENT, FORM FOR WINNERS ONLY: FILL IN BLOCK LETTERS.
FULL NAMES: _______________________________________________________
REF. NUMBER: ______________________________________________________
NAME OF EMAIL PROMOTION WON: ______________________________________________
AMOUNT WON IN WORDS: ______________________________________________
WINNING EMAIL ADDRESS: ____________________________________________
REASONS FOR NOT CLAIMING PRIZE/MONEY: _____________________________
YOUR ASSIGNED CLAIMS OFFICER: _____________________________________________
DATE: _________________________ SIGNATURE: ____________________
I _________________________________________________ HEREBY DECLARE THAT I DO NOT WISH TO CLAIM MY PRIZE/MONEY AND WILL LOOSE THE RIGHT TO SUE FOR RECLAIMS, MY PRIZE MONEY CAN BE RELEASED OR GIVEN TO THE CHARITY HOMES FOR THIS YEARS CHARITY DONATIONS AS I DO NOT WISH TO CLAIM MY PRIZE, I THEREFORE WILL NOT TAKE ANY FURTHER ACTION IF MY PRIZE IS GIVEN OUT TO THE CHARITY HOMES.
This above form stands as an agreement between you and the Promotion House that you have agreed to close your winning file and will not go extra mile if your funds are been given out for some reasons. If you are still willing to claim your funds then please, contact us telling us what is happening and what you are going to do to claim your prize. I wish you the best in making your choice.
Mrs. Heather Church.
Director Microsoft International Promotion UK. Microsoft INC