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Fraud email example:
From: "promo programmes" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 03:56:41 +0100
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS..YOU ARE A WINNER.
FROM: GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED LOTTERY PROMOTERS.
WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY "C" WINNER
Dear Lucky Winner,
BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual
final draws of Promo
International Lotto programs.
The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000
e-mail addresses of
individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random
computer search from the
internet. No tickets were sold.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of
two winners in the
category "C" with the following:
Ref Number: 35149/337-5247/LNI
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of
HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS ONLY)each from the total payout.
Your prize awards has been insured with your e-mail address and will be
transfered to you upon
meeting our requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations
To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to
contact our licensed and
accredited claims agent for category "C" winners with the informatiom below:
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 20 days. After this
dateall unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake.
Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence.
You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public
especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important
as a case of double claims will not be entertained).
Anybody under the age of 18 and members of the affiliate agencies are
automatically not allowed to participate in this program.
Mr. Carsley Wilson.
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