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Fraud email example:
From: "LOTTERY COMPANY" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 17:34:02 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS WINNING NOTIFICATION
From: Mrs. Teresa Allan.
Headquarters: 1a, Bexon Court Carlton
Nottingham shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914
Tel/Fax: + 44 87013 57957
E-mail: email@example.com ,firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGRATULATIONS WINNING NOTIFICATION
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro- American Sweepstake
Lottery International programs held on the Saturday 14th June 2005 in Essex
United Kingdom. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564
75604545 188 with! Serial number 97560 drew the winning: 08/11/25/40/43/48/,
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$820,000.00
(Eighty Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited
to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US $1100,000,00
Million dollars, shared amongst the first One Hundred and thirty (130) lucky
winners in this category world-wide.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afro booklet
representative office in Africa as indicated in your play coupon. In view of
this, your US$820,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States
Dollars) would be released to you by Absa Bank South Africa.
Our African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants were
selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and
extracted from over 10,000,00 companies. And personal email addresses
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 in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.
Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding
agent in South Africa immediately you read this message for quick and urgent
release of your fund, contact information is as follow: -
Barr Alex Elexander
Solicitors,Conveyancers & Notary Public
E-mail : email@example.com
Tele:+ 27 -83 581 5589
Johannesburg South Africa.
Please be informed that all winning must be claimed. To avoid unnecessary
delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any
correspondences with our designated agents or us.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program that
has successfully won this competition. Thank you for being part of our
promotional lottery program.
Mrs. Teresa Allan.
United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator.
Mr. Alexandra Davis
United Kingdom zonal Secretary General.