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Fraud email example:
From: "lotto draw" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 09:19:08 -0500
Subject: ATTENTION: SIR/ MADAM, FINAL NOTICE OF AWARD NOTIFICATION
--THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
ATTENTION,FINAL NOTICE OF AWARD NOTIFICATIONWe are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners of the FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO SOUTH AFRICA/ INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, held on 1st September 2005 as part art 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 9, 6, 12, 29, 30, 45, 66, 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 winners. 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 Omega Crossing 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 program. We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our mid year (2003) high stakes US$1.3 billion International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent immediately
MR. ANDERSON SIMMON.FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER, #101 WILLSON AVENUE, ROSEBANK 2193, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA OMEGA CROSSING. TELEFAX : 27-72-959-2848 EMAIL: email@example.com
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 28 September2005 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.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mailbox. Contact your claims agent through his email contact above.