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Fraud email example:
From: "bingolotto bingolotto" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 15:08:56 +0000
Subject: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!
BINGO LOTTO NL
2671 LA RIJSWIJK,
FROM:THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT,
BINGO LOTTO INTERNATIONAL/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the winners of the BINGO LOTTO
programs held November 11,
2005.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number
011-9085555-326 with serial number 22-33-22 drew lucky
numbers 4-82-12-69-44 which consequently won in the
category A.You have, therefore, been approved for a lump sum pay of
1,000,000.00(one million euros)in cash credited to file
Ref.number:HFR/00117/CRZ.This is from a total cash prize of 10,000,000.00
international winners inthis category.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money
remitted to you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and impersonation.All participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn from over 400,000 companies and 300,000,000 individual
email addresses and names from all over the world.This promotional programme
takes place every year globally.This lottery was promoted and sponsored by
the president of the world largest softwares to increase the awareness of
microsoft software packages.We hope with part of your winning you will take
part in our next 40 million international lottery.
To file for your claim please contact DR. MORGAN PHILLIPS, Foreign
Operations Manager with a
photocopy of your ID for age verification,telephone and fax numbers.
Working hours:8.00 am to 18.00 gmt monday to friday
Remember all winnings must be claimed not later than November 22,
2005.After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next
stake.Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all
correspondence.Furthermore,should there be any change of address do inform
our agent as soon as possible.Congratulations once more, and thank you for
being part of our promotional program.
N.B:Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically
Marie Van Groot,
BINGO LOTTO NL