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Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 14:42:51 +0000
Subject: Winning Notification
LUCKY DAY LOTTERY NETHERLANDS
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF: LDL /2551256003/22
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 2nd of November
2004 that you are one of the winners of the LUCKY DAY LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PROGRAMS held on 25th of October 2004. Your email, attached to ticket number
025-1146-1992-750, with serial number 2113-22 drew the lucky numbers 13-15-22-37-39-43;
the lottery was categorized into four zonal (africa, america, europe and
asia)stages with the amount won by individual respectively and consequently
you have won the lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved
for a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000.00Euro[One Million Euro]. Credited to
file REF NO. LDL/2551256003/22.
This is from total prize of 17,000,000.00 Euro in 1st category shared among
the seventeen international winners in this category. All participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn form 15 million email addresses
from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe and North America and Africa
as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
Your fund is now deposited with a security company insured with your reference
and batch numbers. You are required keep this award to yourself until your
claim has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of
our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants
of this program.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim Agent,
Gordon Furness, Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
For due processing and remittance of your prize.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than two weeks after
the day of notification. After this date, all funds will be returned as
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember
to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences
with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address,
do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of
our promotions program.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
LUCKY DAY LOTTERY.
Win 12 amazing weekend breaks, one every month for a year to Dublin, Milan,
the Alps, Paris and beyond