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Fraud email example:
From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 14:28:13 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: CALL FOR CONFIRMATION
NATIONAL POSTCODE END OF YEAR PROGRAMME.
EGASTRAAT 254, AMSTERDAM,THE NETHERLANDS.
FROM: THE PROMOTION DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS DEPT. REF: IPL/4249859609/WP1 BATCH: GL/91663/A
RE: FINAL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION:
We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the long awaited results of the NATIONAL POSTCODE END OF YEAR SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAMES NL,held in collaboration with Microsoft and Aol Software Producers to compensate users of their Products on 28th October, 2005.You were entered as dependent clients with: Reference Number:NM/BC921245/KY13, and Batch number NM/207161/KOP.
Your email address attached to the ticket number: 46939 that drew the lucky winning number, which consequently won the sweep, take in the second category, in four parts. You have been approved for a payment of 750,000.00Euros (SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND EUROS.) in cash credited to Security file serial number: IPL/4249859609/WP1.
This is from a total cash prize of FIVE MILLION EUROS Shared among the ten international winners in second categories.
Congratulations!!!!! All participants were selected through a Multi international computer ballot system drawn from 98,000 (Ninety eight thousand) names of email users around the world, as part of our international promotion programme.
Due to mix up of some names and addresses, we ask that you keep this award personal, till your claims have been processed and your funds remitted to you.
This is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of the situation by other participants.
To begin your claims please contact your claims agent Mr.Dennis Colemann the foreign operation manager of CONTINENTAL ALLIANCE SECURITY . on Tel: 0031 626 496 663, Fax: 0031 847 521 679 for processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. And also note that 10% of your winning fund belong to CONTINENTAL ALLIANCE SECURITY . after you have receive your fund
Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than 31st day of November, 2005. After this date all funds will be returned to the Ministerio de Economiay Hacienda as unclaimed.
NOTE: in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference and batch number in every of your correspondence with us or your agent.
Furthermore should there be any change of address do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Mrs.Stephanie Van Hoog.
Online coordinator for NATIONAL POSTCODE LOTTERYSweepstakes International Program
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail. Contact your claims agent
Mr. Dennis Coleman, at E-mail:email@example.com