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Fraud email example:
From: "ONLINE WINNINGS" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 04:22:06 +0000
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION:
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
BONUS WINNING NOTIFICATION:
We happily announce to you the draw (#990) of the UK NATIONAL 18th of June, 2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:04-07-26-41-42-49(bonus no.37),which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.You have therefore been approved to
claim a total sum of £234,310 (Two Hundred And Thirty Four Thousand,Three Hundred And Ten Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of £1,640,170 shared amongst the ( 7) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn randomly from a pool of over 100,000 names of e-mail addresses drawn from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa, and North & South America as part of our international promotions programme conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries.
We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take part in our subsequent lottery jackpots.
In view of this, your £234,310 (Two Hundred And Thirty Four Thousand,Three Hundred And Ten Pounds Sterling) in cash credited will be released to you by any of our payment offices 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 claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measures to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be advised. To file for your claim, please contact any of our fiduciary agents:
Mr Alice Woods:Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgAlternative Email:email@example.comTel: +44 703 194 0825
Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Tom Stuart (Sir)
Online coordinator for THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes Bonus International Program.
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MAIL!!! CONTACT OUR FIDUCIARY AGENT TO FILE YOUR CLAIM