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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 11:15:24 -0800
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOU HAVE WON!!!
PROMOTERS FLASH LOTTO ORG, MELVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA
NOTIFICATION OF YOUR LOTTO WINNING
we are pleased to inform you monday 13th november, 2004 as
one of the lucky winners of the NATIONAL ELECTRONIC LOTTERY
INC draws, held recently as part of Our e-business promotional draws.
Participants in the draws were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 e-mail addresses of individuals
and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada,
Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
You qualified for the draw as a result of you visiting
various websites we are running the Electronic-business promotions for.
You/Your Company e-mail address, attached with REFERENCE
NUMBER: ZAR 23457677/2004 BATCH NUMBER: 79-124-WAN with
serial number 818-09 drew the lucky numbers 2-9-22-23-24-30
and consequently won in the second quarter of the 2004 year
You have therefore been approved for lump ! sum pay out of
US$2,200,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for
First category winners. This is from the total prize money of
US$15,000,000.00 shared among the seven winners in the First category.
Your winnings should be claimed from our paying Agents here
in South Africa As we have notified them. Due to the mix-up
that may arise from emails of winners and numbers we ask
that you keep this award strictly from public notice 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
We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in
our end of year (2004) high stakes US$1.1 billion
International Lottery.To begin your claim,
please contact our claims manager in our claims department.
MR FRED MASHABA
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER
For due processing and remittance of your prize money,
Remember you must contact your c! laim agent not later than two weeks
from the day you receive this notification. After this
date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
Congratulations Once Again
Mr. Anthony Brixton