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Fraud email example:
From: "uknational lottery" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 00:12:23 +0000
Subject: AWARD WINNER
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
51 Bevan Avenue
Conwy LL28 5AF
FROM:THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONALPROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
We arepleased to inform you of the announcement today,8th NOVEMBER 2005, of
winners of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,THE UNITED KINGDOM INTERNATIONALPROGRAMS
held on 27th OCTOBER 2005 in Croydon,London.Your email addresswas attached
to ticket number 023-0148-790-459, with serial number5073-11 drew the lucky
numbers 01-15-23-30-45-49, and
consequently wonyou the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been
approvedfor a lump sum pay of £725,000.00 british pounds in cash credited
tofile REF NO. UNL/26510460037/02 .This is from total prize money
of£7,250,000.00(GBP) shared among the ten international winners in
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Website through
draw system and extracted from over 100,000companies from
Australia,New,Zealand,America,Europe,NorthAmerica,Africa and Asia as part of
International Promotions Program,which is conducted annually. Please note
that your lucky winning numberfalls within our European booklet
representative office in Europe asindicated in your play coupon. In view of
this, your £725,000.00 britishpounds would be released to you by our
preferred payment center inLondon.
Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of
your funds as soon as you contact him.For security reasons, you are advised
to keep your winning informationconfidential till your claims is processed
and your money remitted toyou in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your
prize. This is part ofour precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements.Please be
warned. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or
unscrupulousacts by participants of this program.
To file for your claim, pleasecontact our claims officer;
Agent : Lewis brown
UKNATIONAL LOTTERY For due processing and remittance of your
prizemoney,please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in
everyone of your correspondences with your agent. Remember, all prize money
must be claimed not later than 30th NOVEMBER 2005. After this date, allfunds
will be returned as unclaimed. Furthermore, should there be anychange of
your address, do inform your claims agent as soon aspossible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you forbeing part of our
promotional lottery program.