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Fraud email example:
From: "FROM: SNOWBALL LOTTERY" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 11:20:55 -0100
Subject: RE: THIRD CATEGORY WINNER RESULT.
FROM: SNOWBALL LOTTERY
An affiliate of Snowball (Pty) Ltd. South Africa.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
ATTENTION (REFERENCE NUMBER: IPL/1417750615/WP1
BATCH NUMBER: AT-147SB01-06.
THIRD CATEGORY WINNER.
We happily announce to you the draw of the Snowball Lottery International
programs held on the 23rd,
June, 2006 in South Africa. You were entered as an independent client
Reference SERIAL NUMBER:
440-222. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 71004433 with Batch
Drew the lucky numbers: 29-7-13-62-50-7, which subsequently won you the
lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of ONE MILLION, THREE
HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED
STATE DOLLARS (US$1,300,000.00) in cash credited to reference number:
IPL/1417750615/WP1 made available
from a total cash prize of 13 Million United State Dollars, shared amongst
the first Ten (10) lucky winners in
this category. This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for
Snowball Lottery. The estimated
13 million USD jackpots would be the third-biggest in South Africa history.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our booklet
representative office in Europe as
indicated in our play coupon. ONE MILLION, THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED
STATE DOLLARS ($1.3M USD)
would be released to you by our affiliate bank in The-Netherlands.
Our fiduciary agent will immediately commence the facilitation of release
of funds to you as soon as you
establish contact with him. All participants were selected randomly from
World Wide Web sites through a
computer drawn system and extracted from over 100,000
companies/individuals. This promotion takes place
annually, for security this is part of precautionary measures to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse
of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent with the below
details for processing of your
1. Full Names
2. Batch and Reference Number
3. Residential Address
4. Phone & Fax Number
After you have sent down the above information, a certificate of Claim of
your cash prize will be sent to
you by our fiduciary agent. You are advised to forward the above
informations as soon as possible to enable
him attend to your file.
MR. ADRIAN MATHIBE
SALEM GUARANTY & TRUST COY. LTD.
Phone: +31 623 117 432
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any
correspondences with him our designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program. Thank
you for being part of our
promotional lottery program.
Ms. Sarah Haines
"SNOWBALL LOTTERY SPECIAL PROGRAMS".
NB: Any breach of Confidentiality on the part of the winners will lead to
You are hereby advised to reply to this mail by Phone or email for your
claims. All staffs of
SNOWBALL LOTTERY, SNOWBALL (PTY) LTD. SALEM GUARANTY & TRUST COY. LTD and
members of their family of all ages are BARRED from this Lottery.