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Fraud email example:
From: "Richard Lloyd" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 06:14:24 -0700
Subject: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
10 CAMELOT CLOSE THAMESMEAD LONDON E28 0ES UK
REF: XYL /26510460037/05
AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE (#378)
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 12th
NOEMBER, 2005. of winners of the GRAND PRIME LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY,THE UNITED KINGDOM/ INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS held on 30TH JANUARY.Your e-mail address is attached to ticket number 023-1111-790-459, with serial number 5073-10 drew the lucky numbers 43-10-42-37-10-43, and consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$650,000.00 USD ONLY in cash credited to file REF: XYL/26510460037/05. This is from total prize money of $11,050,000 USD. shared among the seventeen international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn form 25,000,000 e-mail from Australia, New Zealand,Middle East, America, Europe, North/South America,African and Asia as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
Your fund is now deposited with a Courier company in UK insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part of you prize,you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$8,5 million International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact our International claim agent;
Email: JOHN MARK .
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER/CONSULTANT, For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember,
all prize money must be claimed not later than 24th November, 2005 After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent.Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. "
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,GRAND PIME LOTTERY,THE /UNITED KINGDOM. NOTE: your Winnings Certificate/Deposit slip 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.
Driverslicense or International passport.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. SORRY FOR THE LATE INFORMATION THANKS PLEASE FORWARD YOUR REPLY TO: To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent, Prvoiding Him This Information to Aid Your Winning Delivery;(Full Name,Res. Address,Phone Number,Occupation, Email Address,Annual Income,Draw, batch Number)
John Mark;. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Edward Lance (Sir)
Online coordinator for THE PRIME NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes Bonus International Program.
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MAIL ADDRESS !!! CONTACT OUR FIDUCIARY AGENT TO
FILE FOR YOUR CLAIM