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Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 10:35:17 +0100
Subject: MOVISTAR LOTTERY NTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT. SPAIN
MOVISTAR LOTTERY NTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT. SPAIN
WINNING NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the MOVISTAR Lottery International
programs held on the of 31 October 2004 Your e-mail address attachedto ticket
number 491465836-629 with serial number 3770-98 drew lucky numbers 7-15-12-88-31-44
which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved
for a lump sum pay out of 150.000.00(Euro)One Hundred and Fifty Thousand
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that
you keep your winning information confidential untill your claims has been
processed and your money remitted into your accaunt. This is part of our
security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program by some participants All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from over 10,000.00 company and 50,000,000 individual
email addresses and names from Middel East, Asia, Africa,Canada,Europe North
America,Oceania and around the world which is
conducted annually as part our International Promotions Program. This promotional
program take place every three years. We hope with part of your
winning you will take part in our end of year 50 million Dollars internationallottery.
To file for your claim,please contact our fiduciary agent
VERISIGN SECURE AGENT,A.S
Please, note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your winning
certificate. Be notify also that all winnings must be claimed not later
thannd NOV 15 2004. After this date a unclaimed funds wi be included in
the next take Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
correspondence. Furthermore,should there be any change of address do inform
our agent as soon aspossible.Congratulations once more! from our members
of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program. Note:
Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
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