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Fraud email example:
From: MRS.NICHOLE THEIN <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 16:25:06 +0200
Subject: Happy welcome for your claim
JAPAN EMAIL LOTTO
THE ROAD TO RICHES....)
YOU HAVE BEEN DECLARED THE WINNER
OF THE SUM OF US$900,000.00
ON THE SECOND CATEGORY
OF THE SEPT, 28th 2005
COMPUTER PROMOTIONAL DRAW
THIS MESSAGE IS FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE
@@@INTERNET FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW@@@
YOU HAVE WON ON THE COMPUTER BALLOT,
THE SUM OF US$ 900,000,00
YOUR CLAIM AGENT.
Mr daniel hills
CONTACT HIM FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT...
(JAPAN EMAIL LOTTO)
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made on 28/10/
2005, of winners of the FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, as
part of our promotional draws.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of
the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
Note that you/your email address qualified for the draw.
as a result of your visiting various websites we are running the
e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to
ticket number 343-221-8756, with serial number 454-17 drew the lucky
numbers 3,8,13,22,27, 41 and Bonus number 12 and consequently you won
in the Second Category of the FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.
Your winning Ticket is Number. 343-221-8756
Your Serial Number. 454-17
Your lucky draw Numbers are. 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 Bonus Number 12
Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA
You have therefore been approved for for the payment of the sum of
US$900,000.00 in cash, which is the winning amount for the Second
category winners. This is from the total prize money of
US$1,700,000.00 shared among the Seventeen international winners in the
Please be informed that your payment of the sum of US$900,000.00 is
now with Standardtrust Finance securities Company insured with your
email address which won you this prize, therefore you should contact
(STANDARDTRUST) your agent and give them below COMPULSORY information
to enable re-insure your CHEQUE under your full names for payment through
thier payee bank.
1) FULL NAMES --------
2) ADDRESS --------
3) GENDER -------
4) AGE --------
5) MARITAL STATUS ----
6) TEL/MOBILE ---------
7) FAX --- OPTIONAL
8) OCCUPATION -------
Please note that your failure to furnish standard trust your paying
agent agent with above requested information may bring about delay in your
To begin your claim, please call your claim agent immediately.
FOREIGN SERVICES MANAGER,
STANDARDTRUST FINANCE SECURITIES
PLAZA DE MAR 76a
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other
information provided above and below in every one of your
correspondences with your
REFERENCE NUMBER: GML-S343-KKT-8811
BATCH NUMBER: 56T-DTH78-SAR99
Congratulations'' once again from all our staff and thank you for being
part of our promotions program.
MRS NICHOLE THEIN
VICE PRESIDENT INT.PROMOTIONS