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Fraud email example:
From: "Harvest Field Winners" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 23:22:20 +0000
Subject: ACT A.S.A.P WINNING NOTIFICATION
HARVESTFIELD GLOBAL LOTTERY
176, WHITCOMB STREET, TRAFALGAR SQUARE,
WINNING NOTIFICATION EMAIL:
Sequel to our lottery draw of which you participated
either personally or through a friend or relative on
the bases of three ballot papers for a free ballot
paper, the draw has just been released having you as
one of the fifteen lucky winners in the third category
out of three million participants for the prize of
£900,000.00 pounds Sterling in the third category.
However, you missed the jackpot of £2,200,000.00 (Two
million two hundred British Pounds Sterling) in the
first category and the second category of
£1,500,000.00. The following are your winnings details
which may be required upon claims.
Event No: DFN/012-456-321
Winning No: WIN/457-455-566
Serial No: 0007
Draw No: 389
Your prize of £900,000.00 shall be paid in three
installments of £300,000.00 each.
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.
Claim Steps: Contact your Fiduciary Agent stating your FULL
NAME for your claims as he would aid you through the process by
supplying the above numbers.
Fiduciary Agent: Mr. Mason Peterson
Email address: email@example.com
That way your winnings certificate and all other
relevant documents/paperwork can be prepared for you.
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the
Harvestfield Global Lottery.
Online coordinator for Harvestfield Global Lottery
Harvestakes International Program.
N.B: Please do not reply to this mail. Contact your
Claims agent immediately.
Do not respond to any email that purport to
be ours without any due confirmation especially when
you are required to pay upfront for Insurance and Tax.
The courier company is responsible for the insurance
of your winnings to the full value. And for Tax, the
British Revenue Board shall notify you to remit the
Tax due to her after full payment.Confirm your
winnings from the confirmation unit Head Mr John Smith on this email: