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Fraud email example:
From: NATIONAL LOTTERY UNITED KINGDOM <email@example.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 05:07:39 -0700
Subject: MAKE CLAIMS FOR YOUR WINNINGS
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION:
We happily announce to you the draw (# 1092) of the NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE EuroMillions International program held 10th June 2006.And now the result have been officially announce today 21st of July2006.
Your e-mail address was extracted and also attached to the following Numbers :Serial number: 2204/uk10 :drew the lucky numbers: (14)(27)(32)(39)(41)(47) (bonus ball no.12), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 6.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £2,637,301(Two million,six hundred and thirty seven thousand,three hundred and one pounds sterlings) in cash credited to file EUR/1002046703/06.This is from a total cash prize of £7,911,903 shared amongst the first three (3) jackpot lucky winners in this category i.e Match 6.
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 which are America,Africa, Asia, Australia,Europe, Middle East,and Oceania.
This promotion takes place weekly.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our europe booklet representative office in europe as indicated in your play coupon.In view of this,You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £2,637,301(Two million,six hundred and thirty seven thousand,three hundred and one pounds sterlings) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in europe.
Our europe agents will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact them.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 below:
PHONE: 0871 504 5967
+44702 402 5298
+44702 402 5302
+44702 401 7646
+44702 401 7651
For further clarification/verification of your claims.Please contact your fiduciary agent through the ABOVE,(EMAIL ADDRES, AND PHONE NUMBER) stated in this notification e-mail.You are to fill the information to enable you file your winnings sum.
DIRECT PHONE NO:
You are to send alongside with your option ,a medium of identification;either your drivers license or international passport should be attached to your email.This should be carried out within the next 48 hours up on receipt of this email Notification.
Finally You are advices choose ONE from the THREE PAYMENT OPTIONS.Also be reminded that the deadline for the claiming of winnings is exactly two weeks after the receipt of this email. After this period,your cash will be forfeited by you and will be re-used in the drawings of the next edition of the lottery.
CASH PICK UP
SWIFT/TELEGRAPHIC BANK TRANSFER.
Goodluck and congratulation from all members of staff of the NATIONAL LOTTERY.
ONLINE COORDINATOR NATIONAL LOTTERY UNITED KINGDOM.