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Fraud email example:
From: "Universal Lotto Winners" <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 12:32:05 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON
FROM: UNIVERSAL LOTTO COMPANY
41B EDGE WARE ROAD LONDON
We are please to announce you as one of the 100 lucky winners in the
UNIVERSAL LOTTO draw held on the 4TH of NOVEMBER, 2005
All 10 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of
50,000,000 international emails.Your email address emerged alongside 99
others as a category 2 winner
in this year's Annual UNIVERSAL LOTTO Draw.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of
$3,000,000,00(Three Million US Dollars) only.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember
toquote your reference number and batch numbers all correspondence
1,Email ticket number: ticket # 88171/29281/57363
3,The file Ref # : 920/210/4509
4,lucky # 9-21-81-91-34-45
5,lotto code # : FL09622/UK
Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible
for the immediate release of your winnings:
Mr. Greg Jones
Chief financial Director
The UNIVERSAL LOTTO
Telephone number +44 -703-195-8114
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
For processing and remittance of your cash to a designated account of
your choice. remember, all winnings must be claim not later than 30th
of NOVEMBER, 2005,
After this date, All unclaims funds will be returned to the
International Lotto, you should contact
Mr. David Johnson about the claimant procedures, send your
fax and telephone to Mr. Greg Jones, this will enable his office to send the
claims application form (A4)to you the Beneficiary.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers all
Further more, should there be any change of address do inform
Mr. Greg Jones as soon as possible.
Mr. Greg Jones is responsible for the processing of your approved
file to the bank for payment.
Congratulations once again, from all members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotions program.
Once again on behalf of all our staff, reply to
(( email@example.com ))
UNIVERSAL LOTTO COMPANY
The Lotto company
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