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Fraud email example:
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 17:15:05 +0200
Subject: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
BATCH: ES34/044/ILP /SL
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
DATE: 28thSeptember , 2005
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro millions Lottery Winners International E-mail programs held on the 21th of September, 2005.Your E-mail address attached to ticket number XXXX-XX with lucky main number 01 26 31 34 47 drew lucky star numbers 04 09, which consequently won in the 3rd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,000, 000.00 Euro. (One Million Euro)
Due to mix up of some numbers and names/programme abuse, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.
We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end of year 50 millions Euro International lottery. this is an irish woman who won http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/4730113.stm
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial/Claim agent:
MR DAVID ANTHONY ( COFIDIS CONSULTANT & CONSULTANT)
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 31TH of october 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please
remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Mr.Agustin Lorenzo Lopez