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Fraud email example:
From: "ecowas agent" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 22:53:53 +0000
Subject: ISTITUTO PACE SVILUPPO NOTIFICATION OF DONATIONS !!!
ISTITUTO PACE SVILUPPO
Organizzazione Non Governativa delle
ACLI per la Cooperazione Internazionale
Via G. Marcora,
18/20 - 00153 Roma
ISTITUTO PACE SVILUPPO NOTIFICATION OF DONATIONS !!!
We happily announce to you the draw (#942) of the
ISTITUTO PACE SVILUPPO INNOVAZIONE ACLI yearly donations.
Organisers of the United Nations, European Union And
Ecowas Yearly Donations. Your e-mail address attached to TICKET NUMBER:
4612-750 with SERIAL NUMBER:3187-17 drew the LUCKY DREW NUMBERS:31-
17-8-28-55 (bonus no.25), which subsequently won you the donation
in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to claim total
$750,000(Seven Hundred And Fifty Thousand Dollars) in cash credited
to file .This is from a total cash prize of ( $75,000 000 ), shared
amongst the one hundred (100) lucky winners in this category.
All participants for the online version were selected
randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and
extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, corporate bodies
and consumer shops in all localities. That are
listed online. This promotion takes place yearly.
your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office
in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of
this, your $750,000 (Seven
Hundred And Fifty Thousand Dollars)
will be released to you by any of our payment offices
in Europe, Africa Or America.
Our agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you
contact her. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your
confidential till your Donation is processed and your
money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid
and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be
warned. To file for your claim,Please contact our agent.
Mr Douglas David
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
Endeavour to contact her with the following
8, Donation information i,e ticket number, batch
number, serial number e.t.c
Rose Wood (Mrs)
Donations co-ordinator and chairperson,
ISTITUTO PACE SVILUPPO
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