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Fraud email example:
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 19:07:16 +0100
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!!
MICROSOFT WORLD INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKES
58B MASSTRAAT BILLDEN,
1245BN AMSTERDAM ZUIDOOST,
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS.
FROM: THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Internet compensation
promotion programs held on the 14th of December, 2004 and it is aimed at
compensating frequent Internet explorers in all over the world. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number; GY5890564 with serial number K42747XK2004,
batch number ZXD26709476AAF, lottery reference number 1780234CV and drew
from lucky numbers 452-678-245-789-558 which consequently won in the 2nd
category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,000,000.00
(ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS) only by the Microsoft World Company,
payable in cash credited to security file numbers; ATN45782452/GTR at the
Netherlands Payment Authority.
Due to the mix up of some numbers and email addresses, we ask that you keep
your winning information?s confidential until your claim has been processed
and your money remitted to you in cash or into your provided bank account.
This is part of our security protocols to avoid unwarranted abuse of this
program by some participants. MICROSOFT WORLD INTERNATIONAL EXPLORATION
COMPANY is a global leader in international software producers and one of
the largest processor of software in the world since 1980. We have help
people and Businesses by providing affordable, reliable and convenient payment
services and software in the world today and we have invested US$2.5b into
software, hardware, a simple to use interface and it is a great opportunity
to anyone looking to increase sales through email marketing! so you can
realize your dream of financial independence.
Note that all winners were selected through a computer ballot-system drawn
from over 500,000 companies and 250,000,000 personal email addresses from
all over the world online of which five where selected at random as winners
in different category. This promotion program takes place every decade connected
to the Olympic sports organization. This compensational program was promoted
and sponsored by William Henry Gates III and His Giant cofounder of the
Microsoft Corporation, holds 30.7 percent of its stock making him one of
the richest people in the United States and the world today. He was the
marketing and sales strategist behind many of Microsoft's software deals.
Their software became the industry standard in the early 1980s
and has just increased in distribution as the company has grown, Largest
software producer in the world (Microsoft) and Mr. Paul Gardner Allen (Shareholder
in Microsoft). We hope that you will have the chance of receiving compensation
next decade as you keep on browsing the net to boost the sales of software
materials in all over the world.
To obtain your claim, please contact the processing department;
MRS. LIZZY EDMOND,
FOR DR.LUKE DAVIES (DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS).
ECOWORLD WIDE INTERNATIONAL BV.
(MICROSOFT ACCREDITED LOTTERY CLAIM AGENCY IN THE NETHERLANDS).
Remember, all winnings must be claim not later than 30th of December, 2004.
After this date all unclaimed funds will be return to the promotion company.
Please note that in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
remember to always quote your S.C.F.N and batch numbers in all your correspondence
with Ecoworld Wide International Bv. Furthermore, should there be any change
of your contact address or information?s about you, do inform us as soon
as possible to avoid disqualification of winnings.
Congratulations once again from all the members of our staff and thank you
for being part of our promotion program and publications. Finally, Any breach
of confidentiality on the part of any winners will result to disqualification.
MRS. SLOTHMAN JOSS. (LOTTERY CO-ORDINATOR).
MICROSOFT WORLD INTERNATIONAL EXPLORATION.
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