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Fraud email example:
From: "susan[cashpointlottery2005]" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 14:00:20 +0100
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION.
CASH POINT INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
P O Box 1010 LIVERPOOL, L70 1NL
Ref: CASH/9420X2/68, Batch: 074/05/ZY369 WINNING NOTIFICATION We happily announce to you the draw (#996) of the CASH POINT INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on 14th November, 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:7-20-22-23-34-37 -38, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £650,000.00 (six hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterling only) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of £20,981,678 shared amongst the (19) lucky winners in this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place yearly.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your £650,000.00 six hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterling only) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Mr. Greg LloydsEmail: email@example.com
Good luck from me and members of staff of the
CASH POINT INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.
Mrs. Susan Richards
Online coordinator for CASH POINT INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
Copyright &copy; 1994-2005 The CASH POINTLottery Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guidelines Dear Winner,
Congratulations once again from all the staff here. Please complete the claim form below and return to us for processing and valdation.
9.LOTTO NUMBER:____________________ B. DRAW NUMBER:______________
12.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL____________
13. COUNTRY________________________________ Note, all forms should be forwarded to our fiduciary agent email address above. mrs Susan Richards BONUS DRAW NUMBERS: