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Fraud email example:
From: "Emails Annual Lottery Award" <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 15:41:32 +0000
Subject: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!ELECTRONIC LOTTERY RAFFLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE DESK OF THE VICE¨PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL
LOTTERY PROMOTIONS/PRIZE GIVING AWARD
AVENUE NKRUMAH SECTOR, 104OUAGA BP
DATE: 19th NOVEMBER, 2005
Dear lucky winner
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the ELECTRONIC LOTTERY RAFFLE
DRAW International programs held on the 2nd of June, 2005.
Your e-mail address was attached to
TICKET N° = 31008478-2514785//IPLR/06/2005 with
DREW LUCKY N°=996632145//IPLR/06/2005
Which consequently won in this year 2005, you have therefore been approved
for a lump sum payment of $3,850,000.00 dollars. (Three Million Eight
Hundred and fifty Thousand U.S Dollars).
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claim has been processed and your Prize
Award Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocols to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
The congressionally mandated ELECTRONIC LOTTERY RAFFLE DRAW is administered
on an annual basis by the International software organisation committee and
conducted under the terms of Section 203(c) of the Lottery and Claiming Act
(ELC). Section 131 of the Lottery Act of 1990 (Pub. L. 101-649) amended ELC
203 to provide for a new class of Third World known as "electronic lottery"
.The Act makes available over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual's
email addresses from all over the world.
The annual Electronic Lottery Raffle Draw program makes available to persons
meeting the simple, but strict, eligibility requirements. Candidate for
electronic lottery raffle draw are chosen by a computer-generated random
lottery drawing. The Prizes, however, are distributed among six geographic
regions with a greater number of Prizes going to regions with lower rates of
least Develop Nations, Within each region, no one country may receive more
than seven percent of the available electronic lottery in this year.
For Electronic Lottery Raffle Draw 2005, natives of the following countries
are not eligible to benefit because they have benefited fully from previous
UNITED STATE OF AMERICA,CANADA, COLOMBIA, MEXICO, RUSSIA, UNITED
KINGDOM,CHINA and VIETNAM.
NOTE: Less than 21 years of age are not eligible to benefit from this
To file for your claim, please contact our claim agent Email:
Contact your claim agent for due processing and remittance of your prize
money to a designated account of your choice.
Remember, you must contact your claims officer not later than 3rd of
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 numbers in every one of your
correspondences with your officers. Furthermore, should there be any change
of your address, do inform your claims officer as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our
We wish you continued good fortunes.
Mr Andrews Flegh