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Fraud email example:
From: "LINDA SHARNOW" <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 17:05:29 +0000
Subject: UK LOTTERY RESULT.
FROM:THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR OF PROMOTION
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
UK NATIONAL E-LOTTO HEADQUATERS
Customer's Service Center
Ref Number: UK/910/16454
Dispatch date : 12/03/2005.
We happily announce to you the draw of the UK NATIONAL LOTTO
International programs held on the 05/03/2005 in London. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545 288 with
Serial number 31-6-26-13-35-7 drew the lucky numbers: 5388/02, which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category.
therefor been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$2.500,000.00
(TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND United States dollars)in cash credited
KPC/9080118308/02/TCA. This is from a total cash prize of
US$25 Million dollars,
the first fifty (50) lucky winners in this grand category "A".
This year Lottery Program Jackpot
is the largest ever for British Lottery. The estimated $75 Million
jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in U.K. history. The biggest was the $363
Million jackpot that went to two winners in January 2004 drawing of The
Big Game Mega Millions' predecessor.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon.
In view of this, your US$25 Million dollars (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND United States dollars) would be released to you physically by our
affiliate Bank. Our approved agent will immediately commence on the
processing of your claims, to facilitate the release of your funds to you
as soon as you make contact with them.
All participants were selected randomly from 'World Wide Web' site
through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies.
This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are
advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is
processed and your money remitted to you as required in this grand
category "A". This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous
Please be warned. To file for your claim, Kindly contact our
fiduciary agent with the below details for processing of your claims.
MR DENNIS GRIMMER,
UK NATIONAL INC,
Note that all claims process and clearance procedures must be duly
completed early to avoid impersonation arising to the issue of double
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
UK NATIONAL LOTTO HEADQUATERS