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Fraud email example:
From: "omega lottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 10:04:26 +0100
Subject: FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS
MANAGER INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION
PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement on today ,27th /July/2005,
of winners of the GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY SOUTH AFRICA/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS,
held on 20th/June/ 2005 as part of our promotional draws. Participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email
addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America,
Asia,Australia,Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our
electronic business Promotion Program. You qualified for the draw as a
result of our visiting various websites and we are running the e-business
You/Your Company, attached to ticket number 100-309-7482, with serial number
513-10 drew the lucky numbers, 2,9,22,23,24,30,+5 and consequently won in
the Second Category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out
of US$1,950,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category
This is from the total prize money of US$13,650,000.00 shared among the
seven international winners in the Second category.
Your fund is now deposited with the GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY and FINANCE Company
insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask
that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has
been processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part of
your prize, you will participate in our end of year (2006) high stakes US$13
million International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact your
claim agent immediately.
MR. Richard Baloyi
Foreign Service Manager,
Universal Buildiing, 132 - 133 Park Hurst
Balfour - Unite 1440
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2001
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice. Remember, you must contact your claim agent not
later than 25th/August/ 2005. After this date, all funds will be returned as
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers provided below in every
one of your correspondences with your claims agent.
REFERENCE NUMBER: FLS-ZR39-825P-4, BATCH NUMBER: 74-263-BBN. Congratulations
once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
132 - 133 Park Hurst Balfour - Unite 1440Johannesburg,
Gauteng 2001 (SOUTH AFRICA)
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
Please do not reply to this mailbox. Contact your claims agent through this
email contact above.