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Fraud email example:
From: "THE UK NATIONAL MONEY LOTTERY" <email@example.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 23:03:46 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATION: YOU HAVE WON $6.000,000.....
FROM: THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT .
RESULTS FOR CATEGORY \"A\" DRAWS
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the
First Category draws of TRIPPLE WINS INTERNATIONAL GAMES. We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the First Category, which is part of our promotional draws. The draws were held prior to your notification .
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 names/email addresses of individuals and
companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia,Europe, Middle East,and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program. You/Your company email id,
attached to ticket number 6422-5-486, with serial number 59-18 drew the lucky numbers 33-92-78-05 (18) and consequently won in the First Category.
You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of $6.000,000(six million united state dollars) each, which is the winning payout for Category\" A\" winners. This is from the total prizemoney of $12,000,000 shared among the 2 winners in this category.
Your fund is now deposited with our transfer agents Cash Change First Securities INC UK ,and insured in your name. In your
best interest and also to avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind,we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictlyfrom public notice until the process of transferring yourclaims 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/nonparticipants of this program.
We also wish to bring to your notice our end of year premium stakes draw where you stand a chance of winning up to $50 million; we hope that with a part of your prize you will participate in
it.Please contact your claims agent immediately for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice:
Cash Change First Securities INC UK
14 Jupiter House Calleva Park
Aldermaston Reading Berkshire RG7 8NN.
You are advised to contact our agents by email within a week
of receiving this notice. Failure to do so may warrant disqualification.
NOTE: For easy reference and identification, find below your reference numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in every one of your correspondence with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: TGA-4GA-65389
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
TRIPPLE WINS INTERNATIONAL GAMES
JAN LUYKENSTRAAT 59
1071 CS AMSTERDAM
N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to disqualification.
Please do not reply to this mail box. Contact your claims agent immediately