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Fraud email example:
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2005 18:22:56 +0200
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
FINAL NOTICE OF AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement
today, 1st August. 2005, of winners of the FLASH
FORTUNE LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA/INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS,
held on 28TH July. 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 Promotions
Program. You qualified for the draw as a result of you
visiting Various websites we are running the e-business
promotions for.You/Your Company, attached to ticket number
100-309-7482, with serial number 513-10 drew the lucky
! numbers 5, 9, 12, 29, 40, 59, 76, and consequently won
in the Second Category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay
out of US$2,950,000.00 in cash, which is the winning
payout for Second category winners. This is from the
total prize money of US$14,750,000.00 shared among the
Five international winners in the Second category.
Your fund is now deposited with the Solid Rock Finance
and Security 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
We hope with a part of your prize, you will
participate in our mid year (2006) high stakes US$1.3
billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your cla! im agent
MR FRED BRUKES
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
SOLID ROCK FINANCE & SECURITY LTD,
TEL: +27 73-325-5277
FAX: +27 83-612-9737
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 14th August 2005. After this date, all funds
will be returned as unclaimed.
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 program.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA.
115 NORDIX AVE. BRYANSTON, 1762
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the
winners will result to disqualification. Please do not
reply to this mail box. Contact your claims agent
through his email