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Fraud email example:
From: "Jane Anderson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 04 May 2007 03:40:25 -0600
Subject: WINNING NOTICE FOR SILVER STAKE WINNER-Ref. No.-RNL/051/652659968/UK
FROM: PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT OF UK ROYAL NATIONAL LOTTERY, WINNING NOTICE FOR
SILVER STAKE WINNER-Ref. No.-RNL/051/652659968/UK
We happily announce to you that UK Royal National Lottery has just concluded
its final draws of it's periodical promotional program. An exclusive list of
email addresses of thousands of individual and corporate bodies were picked
by automated random computer search from the internet. No tickets were sold.
Your email address emerged as one of seven winners in the silver stakes
category as email addresses were sought out from a total number of 1,000,000
email addresses draw from all over the globe (Europe, North and South
America, Middle East and Africa). After an automated computer ballot of our
International Promotions Program, only SEVEN winners emerged in this
category and therefore each are to receive payouts of EU1,500,000.00(ONE
MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY) from the total of EU10,500,000.00
(TEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO). However, every email address
selected was accompanied by a reference and ticket number, after the cyber
lotto selection, the below ticket and reference numbers emerged as one of
the lucky winners in the above category. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Reference number for your prize is: Ref.No.-RNL/051/652659968/UK
For your prize claim process, we have employed the service of an
lnternational Trust firm. They are to handle the transfer of your cash prize
of EU1,500,000.00(ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY) in line with
our procedures and upon your directions. Your prize has been insured to its
full value with your email address and will be transferred to you under
their professional service.To immediately file your claim, please contact
our Fudiciary agent Fortis Finance & Securities Company, below are the
contact information of their FINANCIAL DIRECTOR;
MR. MARK DARREN
Fortis Finance & Securities Company
In your best interest, you must initiate contact within 5 days of receipt of
this correspondence, Fortis Finance & Securities Company are to handle all
matters with regards to claiming of your prize money.You are also advised to
send a copy of this email to your claims agent MR. MARK DARREN, when
contacting him.You may be required to provide any of the above information
during the process of collecting your prize. For security reasons, you are
advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims file
is processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double/multiple claiming and unwarranted
abuse of this program, Please be warned!!!
We congratulate you once again and it is our hope that you participate in
any of our international programs in the nearest future and we will
appreciate your assistance in helping us maintain the integrity of the
entire UK Royal National Lottery. Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS!!!.
Ms. Jane Anderson
Royal National Lottery,
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