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Fraud email example:
From: "Veronica Ross" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 07 Nov 2005 11:57:18 +0000
Subject: Lottery Notification, from the desk of Veronica Ross
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PRIZE RELEASE CENTRE
Winning no: AU8701/LPRC
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 28th October
2005 from the Australian International Lottery program, which is fully based
on an electronic selection of winners using their email addresses.
Your email address was attached to ticket number; 25717460
serial number: 5009311466
This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 7-13-44 57-65 bonus number 19,
which consequently won the lottery in the second category.
You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of US$3,500,000.00 (THREE
MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW
47509/02 from the total cash prize of US$28,000,000.00 shared amongst EIGHT
lucky winners in this category.
All participant were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from
Nine hundred thousand pop email addresses from Canada, Australia, United
Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international
promotions program which is conducted annually.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some
multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the
citizens in the communities where they have operational base.
Further more your details(email address) falls within our European
representative office in United Kingdom, London, as indicated in your play
coupon and your prize of US$3,500,000.00 will be released to you from this
regional branch office in London. We hope with part of your prize, you will
participate in our end of year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE
Simply contact our fiducial agent, Mr. Jonathan Schwarz at
to file for your claim . Please quote your reference, batch and winning
number which can be found on the top left corner of this notification as
well as your full names and address to help locate your file easily.
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information
Confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize
released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participant
or unofficial personnel.
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed by the 28th of November 2005; otherwise
all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity.
Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!
Veronica Ross (co-coordinator)
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL.
CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT: email@example.com
ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE
WINNERS WILL RESULT TO