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Fraud email example:
From: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 15:05:41 +0200 (MEST)
EU LOTTO PROMOTERS, HIGH STAKE INTERNATIONAL
REF NUMBER: SLI/432/964/01, BATCH NUMBER: ST-622-SN14-0
We are pleased to inform you the draw of the high stake draw/promotions held last week in Zurich Switzerland the chosen venue for the draw. Your email address was attached to ticket number 43687400565-147, with serial number 8914/13 which drew the lucky number 16-18-13-20-15-14-01 and consequently won you the lottery in 2ND category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,800,000,00 (One Million Eight Hundred U.S. Dollars) only in cash credited to file REF No: SLI/432/964/01. This is from total prize money of US$7,000,000,00 (Seven Million U.S. Dollars) only shared among the five international winners in this category.
Note that all participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 40,000 companies and 50,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and websites. The promotional program takes place every year, please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative officer in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your US$1,800,000,00 (One Million Eight Hundred U.S. Dollars) only will be released to you by our preferred payment centre which will be closer to you.
To this end, you are required to send us your full address, telephone and fax number, we shall use this to determine our closest agent to you that will arrange for payment in your favour.
Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your fund as soon as we pass your information to them through our online payment Computers. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you this, is part of our protocol or precautionary measure to avoid double claim and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous people or participants. Please be warned.
To commence the process of filing for your claim, please contact our Customer Relation Manager - Mr. PETER MARTINS - EU Lottery, on either of these addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, Mr. Martins will guide you after you have sent him your information; he will direct you to your matching paying agent.
All winning must be claimed within two weeks of this notification, to avoid a return of funds to the LOTTERY TREASURY as unclaimed. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence.
Congratulations once again.
MR. PAUL HARRISON.
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