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Fraud email example:
From: Mrs@joewein.net, LOPEZ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 17:13:18 +0100
Subject: LOTTERY AWARD NOTIFICATION
FROM THE DESK OF MANAGINE DIRECTOR
CLAIM FILE NUMBER: EG/008045160027
BATCH NUMBER: 100000488
We are pleased to inform you today 12th day of
NOV, 2005 for the release of the SPANISH
SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY / INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM Held on
the 28th of october 2005. Your name attached to the ticket
number 025-11-464-992-750 drew the lucky number 134-15-16-21-34-36 which
consequently won thelottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been
approved for a lump sum pay of US$950,950.00 ( NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY
THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY ) in cash
credited to file NO: EG/008045160027.
This is From A Total Cash Prize of
US$25,756.820.00 ( TWENTY FIVE
MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY SIX THOUSAND,
EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY DOLLARS ONLY ) shared
Among International Winners In This category
Your fund is now deposited with a finance company
insured to your name.
please note that your claim and batch numbers are
the key to your funds, You are to keep this as a
top confidential until your claim has been
processed and your money remitted to your bank
account as this is part of our protocol to avoid
double claiming or unwarranted taking of an
advantage of this program by participants.
All Participants were selected through a computer
ballot system drawn
from 25,000 names from Europe and America as part
of our international promotions program which we
conduct twice every year. We hope with a part of
your prize you will take part in our next high
stake USD1.3 BILLION INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim
agent MR.JOHN SMITH, the foreign Service manager
UNION SECURITY & FINANCE COMPANY
TEL:+34-655375454 FAX:+34-940463988 :email@example.com for
processing and transfer of your prize money to a designated bank account
of your choice.
Remember all prize money must be claimed not
latter than 28th decermber 2005.
After this date, all funds will be return to the
Ministerio De economia
y Hacienda as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delay and
to quote your reference and batch numbers in every
correspondence with us or your agent, furthermore,
should there be any change of address, Do notify
your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all members of our
staff and thank you for
being a part of our promotion program.