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Fraud email example:
From: "australianboard result2008" <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 16:02:44 -0700
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS FROM AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY PROGRAMME
6123 Cool Street Rd.
somewher vulle Ax34587,
AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC.
Batch: ALLINC 70564943902/188
Dear Internet User.
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on 1st January,2008
from the Australian International
Lottery program.Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners
using their e-mail addresses,
your name was attached to ticket number;47061725 07056490902 serial number
The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from
an exclusive list of 29,031
E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced
automated random computer
search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email
addresses were assigned to different
ticket numbers for representation and privacy.The online cyber draws was
conducted from an exclusive list
of 900,000 email addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an
advanced automated random
computer selection from the web.
This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 bonus number17,
which consequently won the
lottery in the second category. You hereby have been approved a lump sum
pay of $600,000.00
(SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref:ILP/HW 47509/02 from
the total cash prize of
$4.8million shared amongst eight lucky winners in this category. All
participant were selected through a
computer balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses
from Canada, Australia,
United States, Asia, Europe,Middle East and Oceania as part of our
international promotions program which
is conducted annually.
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our
computerized email selection machine
(TOPAZ) from a database of over 900,000 email addresses drawn from all the
continents of the world.
This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by
the The International Association
of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we
intend to sensitize the public.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some
multinational companies as part of their
social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have
operational base. Further more your
details(e-mail address) falls within our African representative office in
Nigeria, as indicated in your play
coupon and your prize of $600,000.00, will be released to you from this
regional branch office in Nigeria.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE : Simply contact our fiducial agent, Barrister
andrew zubi AT:
**firstname.lastname@example.org to file for your claim.Please quote your
reference, batch and winning
number which can be found on the top left corner of this notification as
well as your full name, address and
telephone number to help locate your file easily,.For security reasons,You
are to keep all lotto information
away from the general public especially your ticket number and ballot
number. (This is important as a case
of double claims will not be entertained).This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant
,unofficial personnel and lottery
Bear in mind that prizes will strictly be remitted to winners that
officially file in for their claim within the given
time frame. To begin your claim, you are to forward this message to our
accredited claim agent including
your full names and telephone numbers:
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed under two weeks of receiving this message
otherwise all funds will be
returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity,Your prize award has
been insured with
your email address and will be transferred to you upon meeting the
requirement of the gaming board authority
which includes your statutory obligations. . Congratulations once again on
NIGERIAN CLAIMS CENTER: **email@example.com*
*OFFICIAL NUMBER : +234083 8165514