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Fraud email example:
From: "CANADA LOTTERY CENTER" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 11:49:16 -0700
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION (Congratulations)
From: Mrs. Anna David
No: 125 St Michael's Street
Plot 2A Harrison Drive
Customer Service: 680 NCA 85914
Batch No: Lotto 6/49
Draw Coupon: Match 6+B
THIS LOTTERY IS SPONSORED BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT FOR THE PROMOTION OF
THE 2010 WORLD CUP TO BE HOSTED IN SOUTH AFRICA.
We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro- American Sweepstake
Lottery International programs held on the Wed Aug 31 2005 in Essex United
Kingdom and Canada Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:B9564
75604545 100 with! Serial number 46560 drew the winning numbers
1/18/30/33/36/47 with a bonus Number 23, for LOTTO 6/49 under the choice of
the lottery in the 2nd category of daily three. You have therefore been
approved to claim a total sum of US$1.000, 000.00 (One Million United States
Dollars) in cash credited to file EAAL/9080118308/04.
This is from a total cash prize of US $130,000,000.00 Million dollars,
shared amongst the first One-Hundred and thirty (130) lucky winners in this
category worldwide. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within
our Afro booklet representative office in Africa as indicated in your play
coupon, because this particular draw was selected to promote the 2010 World
Cup to be Hosted in South Africa hence your winning information must be kept
to enable you participate in our subsequent games before the grand finale.
In view of this, your US$1.000, 000.00 (One Million United States Dollars)
would be released to you by an accredited commercial Bank in South Africa.
Our African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through
computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies and
personal e-mails. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims is processed and your money
remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is
part of our Precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted
abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned. To
file for your claim, please contact our corresponding agent in South Africa
immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund.
His contact information is as follow:
Agent: KELIS RICHARDS Tel: +27-83-6672-628.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/ batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated agents.
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program that
has successfully won this competition. Thank you for being part of our
promotional lottery program.
Mrs. Gladys Owen United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator
Mrs. Patricia Hope Asst. Gen. Sec Mr. Grey Johnson
Canadian/American Zonal Secretary General.
Switzerland Zonal Co-coordinator For African Winners Dr
Bill Wilson. African/European Head Office
Baumgarten-strasse 15 Postfach 686 Geneva CH-8201
Schaffhausen Dr Peter Martins Head South African
Offshore Payment Office Madrid, Spain. Thanks for your
Co-operation in anticipation.