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Fraud email example:
From: "prime promotions" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 23:30:39 +0000
Subject: UK lottery,WINNING NOTIFICATION.
18 RD SOUTH RIDGE DRIVE SE2 4HF
WIMBLEDON, LONDON. UK
Our Ref: 27349/46
We happily announce to you the draw of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY Internet Sweepstakes Lottery International programs held on the 29th of June, 2005 In our Lotto Draw Headquarters London UK. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 00545 188 564756 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:14-21-22-37-43 which subsequently won you the lottery in the 3RD category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 950,000.00 euros (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand euros) in cash credited to email file ktu/9023118308/03, please take note.This is from a total cash prize of 8 Million EUR, shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies world wide. This promotion takes place in four phases annually. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your 950,000.00 euros (Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand euros) would be released to you via our payment office in europe. Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
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 prize. 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 fiduciary agent designated to your file stating your winning details -
Mr Kenneth Tyler
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our
designated agent. Congratulations once more from all members and
staffs of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional
lottery program. All winners under the age of 16 are disqualified,
please take note.
Mr. FRANK P. CARLTON