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Fraud email example:
From: "Microsoft Word Email Promotion" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 22:52:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Congratulations Microsoft Award Winner !!!!!
MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT E-MAIL PROMO UNITED KINGDOM. LONDON.BANK OF ENGLAND/MICROSOFT HOUSE, LONDON.Director: MR. Andrew Gregry IIIPHONE: +442070601031FAX #:(00944) 700 598 0586 REF NO: M154S/WL04.MICRO (LOTTERY) CHIP NO: 9465021 ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD PROMOTION. MICROSOFT MEGAJACKPOT E-MAIL PROMO UNITED KINGDOM.
Finally today, we announce the winners of the MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT E-MAIL PROMO WINNING PROGRAMS held on 28th of June 2006. Your company or your personal e-mail address, won in the second E-mail Promo category 002. You are therefore been approved for lump sums pay out of £5,500,000.00 FIVE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS. Equivalent to ($10,064,000 USD) Ten Million, Sixty Four Thousand US Dollars. In cash Credited to file REF NO: M154S/WL04 and MICRO (E-mail PROMO) CHIP NO: 9465021, you are the second lucky winner of the total winners of 10. You all won £5.5, million Pounds each. All the 10 participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system (MCBS) drawn from each continent, as part of International "E-MAIL" Promotions Program, to promote the use of emails all over the World, and to promote the use of Microsoft Office. Your funds (certified Cashiers cheque) have been insured with your REF NO: M154S/WL04. To claim your winning prize (£5.5,
million pounds), you must first, contact the claims department by email for Processing and remittance of your prize money to you. The claims processor is:
Name: Roman FarrisE mail: email@example.comPhone: (00944) 702 4027 496 (00944) 703 1835 211 Do email the above email address, immediately with all the claims requirements below In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications.
Claims Requirements: Full Name:Contact Address: Telephone Number:Fax Number:Occupation:Ref/Chip Numbers: Winning Email address: Amount Won: GB 5.5 Million Pounds
Sincerely,SecretaryMr. Lesley Kenneth Jr.
NOTE: Do not reply this mail. You are to contact your claims processor immediately by email. This promo is all about emails, be aware. Also: 1.All claims are nullified after 20 working days from today.2. Your Ref number must be in all your mails with the claims officer.3. Do inform the claims officer of any change of names or addresses.4. Please do not reply to this email. Contact your claims agent. WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!! WARNING!!!ANY MAIL RECIEVED OF THIS SUCH WITH ANY OTHER TRADE MARK OR ADDRESS SHOULD BE FOWARDED TO YOUR CLAIMS AGENT IMMEDIATELY; THIS WILL HELP US TO FIGHT SCAM AND LOTTERY IMPOSTERS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANTICIPATED CO-OPERATION. Copyright © 1994-2006 MS-WORD EMAIL LOTTERY INC. UK.
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