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Fraud email example:
From: Yahoo Award <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 2009 08:30:58 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOU WON 250,000 POUNDS FROM YAHOO AWARD
Dear Prize Winner,
YAHOO CONSOLATION PRIZE WINNER NOTICE!!!
Yahoo And Window Live private international e-games organizers and co-sponsors, Yahoo & window Live LOTTO Group International, officially bring to your notice of the final draw result of March,2009. Yahoo & window Live LOTTO Group International-game which was conducted at ourinternational corporate office complex in MANCHESTER UNITED KINGDOM.
We wish to congratulate and inform you on the selection of your emailcoupon number which was selected among the 6 lucky consolation prize winners Your email ID identified with coupon No. MFI/06/APA-43658 and was selected by our E- games Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the different email addresses enrolled for the E-game.Your email ID wasincluded among the different email addresses submitted by our partner international email provider companies.
You have won a consolation cash prize of GBP 250,000.00 (Two Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pounds) only.
PAYMENT OF PRIZE CLAIMS
Winners shall be paid in accordance with their Settlement Centers.Yahoo Prize Award must be claimed not later than 30 days from date of DrawNotification.Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited and returned to its source as unclaimed.
Your winning identification numbers..
BATCH NUMBER: MFI/06/APA-43658
REFERENCE NUMBER: 2007234522
You are reqiured to contact the Coordinator Officer with the following details and also send him your winning identification number for the release of your winnings prize .
1. Full name...............
3. Contact Address.........
4. Telephone Number........
5. fax Number..............
5. Marital Status..........
8. Date of Birth/Age .....
9. Identity card(carte identite).
Contact Person: Mr Druv Martindale
Mrs. Grace Sander
(Secretery To The - Co-ordinator)
You must keep strict confidentiality of your Prize Award claims to
yourself until your money is successfully handed over to you to avoid
disqualification that may arise from double claims.
Yahoo Awards Team shall not be held liable for any loss of funds
arising from the above mentioned.