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Fraud email example:
From: WESLEY HELENA SCORFFS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2007 19:30:35 +0200
Subject: EMAIL ALERT:CONGRATULATIONS YOUR EMAIL WON THE PRIZE
LOTTONET CASINO SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REFERENCE NUMBER: LLI/VPX/5213/1176.
BATCH NUMBER: 1047/92710/CP/ABY.
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the just concluded recently released results of the (***WINNERS***) in the LOTTONET CASINO SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL ADDRESS PROMOTIONS PROGRAMME. This is to commemorate the forthcoming celebration of the worlds WORKERS DAY--MAY 1ST,2007.Visit Website(http://flag.blackened.net/daver/anarchism/mayday).
HURRAY!!! Your Email Address which was attached to TICKET NUMBER:
4208-2113-59-12.with SERIAL NUMBER VB-246811.drew LUCKY STAR NUMBER:
905-81401-063.which consequently won in the 2ND category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 750,000.00 Euro. (SEVEN HUNDRED&FIFTY THOUSAND EUROS ONLY) already insured in your favour.
HOW DID YOU WIN???HOW DID THEY GET MY EMAIL ADDRESS???
NO TICKETS WERE SOLD DIRECTLY TO YOUR PERSON,BUT RATHER YOUR EMAIL
ADDRESS WAS LUCKILY SELECTED RANDOMLY BY A COMPUTERIZED BALLOT MACHINE TO HAVE WON THE PRIZE(750,000.00EUROS).
All participants measuring 100,000.000.00 Million names were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from all over the world,Africa,Asia,America,Australia e.t.c.
SPONSORS:This lottery was promoted and sponsored by the World Lottery Association in conjunction with UNESCO,UNICEF and a few European Economic States, under very strict governmental supervision and regulations.
This promotional program takes place once every year to help allevate and enhance the minimun wage of workers all over the world in their selfless service and in support for humanitarian aid scheme over the state of human and financial standard of living for each winning families/individuals/companies e.t.c, towards the enhancement,growth and
establishment to a greater height.
You are to quickly contact our nominated fiduciary claims agent with the email address and telephone below,,who is to personally help you and act as your :TRUSTEES CLAIM AGENT: to collect your prize award fund 750,000.00EUR.
NETWORKING EQUITY CONSULTANT&SECURITIES
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 years is automatically disqualified and this winning notification should be kept confidential for security reasons until your funds must have been collected.
Regional President/Lottery Coordinator
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CONFIDENTIALITY: This e-mail message is confidential and is intended only for the addressee of the email address holder who is to immediately report directly and only to the claims agent(email@example.com). Any unauthorized use or disclosure is strictly prohibited. Disclosure of this e-mail to anyone other than the intended addressee does not
constitute waiver of privilege. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately and delete this. Thank you for your cooperation.