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Fraud email example:
From: LA PRIMITIVA <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 12:18:00 +0200
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS(LUCKY WINNER)
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD..
BATCH: IPD/15/096/PTNL. REFERENCE: MLI/5361-ILGI0509/45 CONGRATULATIONS!
This is to inform you of the release of the EL-GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA
LOTTERY held on the 17TH JULY 2006, and results were released on the
19TH JULY 2006.
Your email addres was attached to ticket number
085-12876077-09 with serial number 51390-0 that drew the lucky numbers
of 03-05-12-14-28-38, which consequently won the lottery in the 1st
category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of
1.600.000.00 Euros ( ONE MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS )in cash
credited to file with REF: N?.EGS/3662367114/13.This is from a total
cash prize of Euros 48,000,000.00 shared among the thirty international
winners in this category.
Your fund is now secured and insured in your email address name. Due to
mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from
public notice until your claims has been processed and the money
remitted to your account as this is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming of unwarranted taking advantage of this program by
participants as it has happened in the past.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from 25,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and
South America, Middle East and Africa as part of our International
We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent
To begin your lottery claims, please contact your claims agent below
MR.FELICIANO LOPEZ, DIRECTOR OF FOREIGN OPERATIONS MADRID SPAIN
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 28th AUGUST
2006.Claims that are not made before the above date will be returned to
the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA. And also be informed that 10% of
your lottery winning belongs to (IBERO PROMOTION COMPANY S,A.) Because
they are the company that bought your ticket and played the lottery on
your email address name, NOTE this 10% will be remitted after you have
received your winnings prize because the money is insured in your email
address name already.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every
correspondence with us or your claim agent. send to your agent your
Telephone & Fax number, your full name and residential address including
your international passport or other valid identification proof.
The processing of your payment will start immediately and your agent
must send you fund processing form, which you must complete and return
Furthermore, should there be any change of address, please do inform
your claim agent as soon as possible.
A copy of your lucky Prize winning certificate and insurance will be
sent to you by your claim agent prior to the transfer of your fund by
our paying bank, CONGRATULATION!!! Once again from all members of our
staff and thank you for being a part of our International promotions
we wish you continued good fortunes.