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Fraud email example:
From: "LOTTERY 2010 SOUTH AFRICA WORLD CUP" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 14:09:37 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS: YOUR EMAIL ADDERSS HAVE WON YOU SOUTH AFRICA LOTTERY
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SOUTH AFRICA WORLD CUP
51, Brixton Court,
*CONGRATULATIONS. THE SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, SAFA IS PROUD TO
INFORM YOU THAT YOU HAVE JUST WON ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS
THIS LOTTERY IS SPONSORED BY SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION, SAFA WITH
FIFTY-SIX, 56 COOPERATE BODIES.
SOUTH AFRICA WILL BE HOSTING THE SOCCER WORLD CUP IN THE YEAR 2010.THIS WILL
BE THE FIRST EVER WORLD CUP TO BE HELD IN THE CONTINENT OF AFRICA. AND WE
ARE CELEBRATING THIS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY WITH THIS LOTTERY. WE ARE ALSO USING
THIS LOTTERY TO CREATE AWARENESS TOWARDS THE HOSTING OF THE WORLD CUP IN
2010 IN SOUTH AFRICA.
DON'T BE SURPRISE THAT YOU ARE ONE OF OUR WINNERS.
THE AIMS OF THIS LOTTERY IS TO SURPRISE OUR WINNERS.*
HOWEVER NO PREVIOUS NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN BEFORE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WAS
PICKED FOR THIS LOTTERY.GENERALLY EMAIL ADDRESS ARE PICKED, THE DRAWS ARE
PROCESSED BY THE COMPUTER THROUGH A SPECIAL PROGRAM THAT IS SPECIAL DESIGNED
FOR THIS LOTTERY, THE PROGRAM IS KNOWN AS RANDOM ACCESS PROGRAM (RAP)
THIS SOFTWARE PICKS EMAIL ADDRESSES FROM THE INTERNET AND THROUGH A RANDOM
PROCESS, PICKS THE WINNERS THROUGH THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS. *
* CLAIMING OF PRIZE**
TO CLAIM YOUR CASH PRIZE PLEASE CONTACT THE LOTTERY AGENT ROWLAND NEWMAN
IMMEDIATELY WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:* AGENT *REV.MARK KENNEDY**.*
*FOR FURTHER INFORMATION**
ALL PRIZES MUST BE CLAIMED BEFORE 31st OF JUNE 2008
AFTER WHICH CLAIMING OF PRIZES WILL STOP.*
*For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information
confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize
released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted** abuse of this program. Please be warned.**
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS TO THE CLAIMS AGENT: email@example.com*
*South African President*
Rev. JAN KOOPMANN
World cup 2010