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Fraud email example:
From: Jane Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:37:28 -0500
Subject: WINNING NOTICE FOR GOLDEN STAKE WINNER-Ref. No.-RNL/01/1836547290/UK
FROM: PROMOTIONS DEPARTMENT OF UK ROYAL NATIONAL LOTTERY, WINNING NOTICE FOR GOLDEN STAKE WINNER-Ref. No.-RNL/01/1836547290/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 five winners in the Golden stakes category as email addresses were sought out from a total number of 75,000 email addresses drawn from all over the globe (Europe, North and South America, Asia, Middle East and Africa). After an automated computer ballot of our International Promotions Program, only FIVE winners emerged in this category and therefore each are to receive payouts of EU2,500,000.00(TWO MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY) from the total of EU12,500,000.00 (TWELVE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY). 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/01/1836547290/UKTicket no.- RNL/147/01/80UK
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 EU2,500,000.00(TWO 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 Finance Director, Fortis Finance & Securities Company United Kingdom Email: email@example.com Phone:+44-704-573-1600Fax: +44-700-580-2861
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!!!
Sincerely, Ms. Jane Anderson Promotions Manager, Royal National Lottery, United Kingdom
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