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Fraud email example:
From: EURO MILLION <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2007 02:03:39 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATION FOR WINNING THE EURO MILLION
EMAIL-LOTTERY AWARD PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMME
We are pleased to inform you that your EMAIL ADDRESSE has been selected as one of the 10 lucky winners in the email lottery programme conducted by the EURO MILLIONS on the 30th of December, 2006.
The late release of this result was due to difficulties encountered in sorting out mixed up numbers and email addresses. All 10 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 500,000,000 international emails. Your email address emerged alongside with 10 others as a numerous "5 winner in this year's Euro millions award Draw.
HOW WAS THE SELECTION DONE?
Most recently the foundation set up the NEW HOPE LOTTERY to give out prizes based on the computer balloting system (THEREFORE YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A TICKET TO ENTER FOR IT.YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS RANDOMLY SELECTED AS A WINNER). As a Numerous " 5 " winner, your lucky email addressee was selected by the email computer balloting device, where only email addresses are soughted, from a total number of 500,000,000 international email addresses drawn from all over the globe, only ten winners emerged in this category.
You winning email addressee has therefore been approved a lump sum payout of 466.812, 79(Four hundred and sixty-six thousand, eight hundred and twelve euros, seventy nine cent) in cash credited to file REF.NO: XM/01960/FJ. This from a total cash prize 4.668, 127.09 (Four million, six hundred and sixty-eight thousand, one hundred and twenty seven euros, nine cent) shared among the 10 international winners in numerous 5. Below are the particulars attached to your LUCKY WINNING EMAIL?
(i) The file Ref number: EM/04678/AA
(ii) Result winning numbers: 8-16-19-43-45-1-4
(iii) Email ticket number: 754/22/76
To immediately claim your prize, contact the claim/paying agent on the telephone number below.
EURO CASH S.L.
Mr. Ron Carlos
CALLE LIMA 10(29842),
MADRID , SPAIN .
EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
The above claim agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of your winning prize (funds) to you. Also note that you are to contact and process your winning prize not later than five working days, after this date if you do not contact and process your winning prize, all funds will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed.
N.B: Terms and conditions to claim your prize:
1. Please quote your Reference number, your full name and address, Country, Telephone, mobile, fax number and occupation to your claim agent.
2. Your winning prize is not DEDUCTABLE until it has been fully processed, approved and transferred to your designated account of your choice, by your claim agent above.
3. You the beneficiary of the winning email would be responsible for the
VETT/APPROVAL DOCUMENT CHARGES (FEES) of your lucky WINNING EMAIL ADDRESSE to your real NAMES.
For proper verification on your lucky winning email prize, you are to visit our online website page ( http://www.loteria.com/euro.php) and indicate the date this email lottery programme draw of the EURO MILLIONS was held [30th(dia) -12(mes)- 2006(Ano)] and there you will find your result winning number(8-16-19-43-45-1-4 ). Please verify your informations on the website page before contacting your claims agent.
Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!! . This promotion programme is sponsored by EURO MILLIONES TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF INTERNET. All informations have to be kept out of public until your winning prize has been processed and transferred to your designated bank account; this is to avoid double claim and unwarranted abuse of the programme by some participants.
This e-mail transmission contains information that is confidential and may be privileged. It is intended only for the addressee(s) named above.
REPLY TO: email@example.com AND EMAIL MR. RON CARLOS , FOR MORE INFORMATIONS ON HOW YOUR WINNING EMAIL ADDRESSE CAN OBTAIN THE VETTING APPROVAL DOCUMENTS ON YOUR NAME.