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Fraud email example:
From: "IPL IPL" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 07:29:47 +0000
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS GOLD LYKE WINNER
GOLD LYKE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM.
AWARD DEPT: ISLAND OF MAURITIUS ZONE 2
WINNING NO: 47210742
WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE.
This is to inform you of the announcement made on the 4th of November 2005
of your selection as one of the 7 winners of the GOLD LYKE INTERNATIONAL
LOTTERY PROGRAM held recently in Les Pavillons Hotel Le Morne, Mauritius by
GOLD LYKE GROUP as part of their XMAS/NEW YEAR BONANZA.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot random sampling method
drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from
Africa, America, Asia, Australia,Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of
our International Promotions Program.
Your email address attached to winning number 474-211-077-420 with serial
number 700217 drew the lucky numbers 820-412-847 and consequently won in the
First Category. You are therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of
Place of Claims:- All cash prizes under an amount defined by the Director
may be claimed through a duly authorized claim center of GOLD LYKE lottery
in any of the GOLD LYKE members country, which may be but is not limited to
an Agent's licensed location or at the offices of the Division of Revenue.
All cash prizes greater than $5000 must be claimed at the claims agent
office in any of the GOLD LYKE members country zone for such purpose or any
other center deemed fit by the organiser.
In light of this, your prize money will be settled by our claims office in
the Island of Mauritius.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in
whatever manner you deem fit to receive your prize. This is part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program. Please be WARNED!!
As a first step to collecting your prize money, see below our Terms and
Conditions which must be accepted by you before your winnings can be
TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
 Winners must be above 18 years old.
 Winners must agree to abide by the terms of the Official Rules on
winnings, which are final on all matters.
 Acceptance of any prize constitutes permission for Gold Lyke Lottery and
their advertising and promotional agencies to use winner's name and
likenesses for advertising and promotional purposes without additional
compensation unless prohibited by law. All prizes are subject to eligibility
verification. In the event that the Grand Prize winner is deemed a minor in
his/her state of residence, the prize will not be awarded.
 LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Gold Lyke Lottery is not responsible for lost,
incomplete, misdirected or late entries. Gold Lyke Lottery is not
responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by
website users, tampering, hacking, or by human error, which may occur in
the processing of the application for claim.Gold Lyke Lottery reserves the
right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, winners prize money if it
discovered that any of the information provided by winners in the
application form for claim is discovered to be false.
 DISPUTES: Winners agree that any and all disputes which cannot be
resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or
connected with the game, shall be resolved individually, without resort to
any form of class action, exclusively, before a court located in the island
of Port Louis having competent jurisdiction, which Court shall apply the
laws of the Port Louis, in regard for doctrines of Conflict of Law.
Furthermore, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participant be
permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to claim
punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages.
By forwarding this message to this email address; email@example.com and
you indicating your agreement to be bound by all of the terms and conditions
of the agreement above. Read the agreement carefully as it sets forth your
rights and obligations with respect to your winnings.
If you are not willing to be bound by the terms and conditions of this
agreement, do not respond to this message.
Mr. Andrew Smith