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Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 09:06:23 +0200
Subject: ++WINNING NOTIFICATION++
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
RE/AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We wish to inform you of the lottery draws held on
5th March,2005, to declare the winners of the FREEDOM LOTTO SOUTH
Your company, attached to ticket number
356-00098-3211-222, with serialnumber 818-09 drew the lucky numbers
14-41-25-19-49-37, and consequently won the lottery. You have therefore
approved for a lump sum pay out of $500,000 in cash credited to file
number: ZAR/23457677/2004 and
batch number: 11/576809/KC/MFP.
You are among the six international winners in this category. All
participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn from 17,000 names from Australia, New
America, Europe and Middle
East and Asia as part of our International Promotions Program, which is
carried out quarterly.
Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this
strictly from public notice until your
claim has been processed and your prize money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants of this
promotion. We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in
end of year high stakes.
We have deposited your prize money of $USD500,000(Five hundred thousand
united states dollars)
with the paying finance/security company and is now available for
To begin your claim,please contact:
(FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER)
PERAGO FINANCIAL HOLDINGS LTD.,
PHONE:+27-838 662 054
You are expected to provide the following details below to your claims
1) BATCH AND REFFERENCE NUMBERS
2) FULL NAMES
4) MAILING ADDRESS
5) PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS
Note: All prize money must be claimed not later than 18th March,2005.
After this date,all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
Congratulations once again,from all our staff and thank you for being
of our promotions program.