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Fraud email example:
From: "national lottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 17:18:57 +0000
Subject: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION !!!
NATIONAL LOTTO NL
Klunvelik 5A, 7012 AM,
Postbus 3240, 7012 AM
We happily announce to you the draw (#Draw 988) of the NETHERLAND NATIONAL
LOTTO, (lotto NL) online International Program held on the 02/11/2005.Your
e-mail address gave you this lucky numbers:
This made you a possible winner and subsequently won you one of the five
You are therefore been approved to claim a total sum of FIVE HUNDRED AND
FIFTY THOUSAND EUROS ONLINE( 550,000.00 ) in cash credited to file
KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of ONE MILLION SIX HUNDRED
AND SEVENTY-NINE THOUSAND AND NINETY-SIX POUNDS STERLING ONLY(£1,679,096 ),
shared amongst the NINETEEN (8) lucky winners in this category.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from the
World Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies email addresses that are
listed online. That is where your email-address was gotten from, and made
you a possible winner.
This promotion takes place weekly. Please note that your lucky winning
number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as
indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your (550,000.00) would
be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe. To avoid
unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch
numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary Agent:-
NOTE: That your Winnings Certificate and all other relevant
documents/paperwork can be prepared for you. You would be required to show
an instrument of identification when cashing your cheque i.e. Drivers
license or International passport.
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.
Congratulation from me and members of staff of the Lotto NL.
Mrs Telma Brook.
Online coordinator for Netherlands National Lottery