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Fraud email example:
From: "Primose lottery" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 10:52:12 +0000
Subject: LOTTO WINNING NOTIFICATION
PRIMOSE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL - PROMOTIONAL PROGRAM
ADDRESS: 27A Kirk Street, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire,
AB42 6RX, United Kingdom
RE AWARD NOTIFICATION / PROCESSING ADVICE: PLI
This is to announce today, 20th September,2005 result of winners of our
yearly SCIENTIFIC LOTTERY GAME PROMOTION held on 9th September,2005.Your
email address attached to ticket number 05-765204AC; with serial number
00349 draw the lucky numbers 5-9-31-20, and consequently won the lottery in
category A. You are therefore entitled to a cash award US$1,500,000 (One
Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars), file REF NO. MLI/XUA2005-001.
This is from total prize money of US$22, 000,000.00 shared among the
international winners in our category A-C.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
15,000 company email addresses and 35,000,000 individual email addresses
from across the Globe as part of International Promotional Program, which is
conducted annually. CONGRATULATIONS! Your fund is now in custody of a
Financial Security company insured in your FILE REFERENCE. Due to the mix
up of some email addresses, 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.
This lottery program was organized by our group of philanthropist promoted
and sponsored by Mr. Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc, eminent personalities like
the sultan of Brunei, Multi Choice and other corporate Organisations.This
lottery program was organized to improving the use of computer softwares and
for the benefit of every Microsoft user.To begin your claim, please contact
your file processing officer:
Mr. Edmond Christopher,
OF PRIMOSE LOTTERY
Tel/ FAX: 44 709 2864816
MRS. PRECIOUS DANIELS
DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONAL PROGRAM