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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 06:28:19 -0800
Subject: UTRUST NOTICE!!!
UNIVERSAL TRUST WORLDWIDE PROMOTION.
34 Shelton Street London WC4H 7UB United Kingdom
After a successful completion of the third category draws of EURO UK LOTTERY,
held on 4th of December, 2004, we are pleased toinform you of the official
announcement today, that you have emerged one of the winners of the U.K/
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAMS, which is part of our promotional draws.Participants
were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 250,000 email
addresses of individuals andcompanies from Africa,America, Asia, Australia,
Canada, Europe, Middle East,and New Zealand as part of our International
Your email, attached to ticket number 56475600545-288 , with serial number
5388/02 drew the lucky numbers 31-6-26-13-35-7, and consequently won in
the Third Category. You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of
two Million five hundred thousand United State dollars (US$2.500,000:00)
in cash, which is the winning payout for third category winners. This is
from the total prize money of US$9,200,000.00 shared among the total number
of international winners in the Third category.
CONGRATULATIONS! Your fund is now deposited with our corresponding bank,
insured in your email. To avoid mix up of numbers and emails of any kind,
we request that you keep this award strictly confidential until the entire
process of transfering your claims has been completed,and your funds remitted
to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming
or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.We also wish to bring
to your notice our end of year (2004) high stakes where you stand a chance
of winning up to US$5 million, we hope that with a part of your prize you
will participate.Contact your claims agent immediately,to begin your claims
CLAIMS/FIDUCIARY AGENT, UNIVERSAL TRUST WORLDWIDE PROMOTION.
NAME: PAUL GUYER
Universal Trust Inc.
34 Shelton Street
London WC4H 7UB
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