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Fraud email example:
From: "Ma Angela Gomez" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 15:04:52 +0200
Subject: PROMOTION AWARD NOTIFICATION/CONGRATULATIONS
FROM THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRICE AWARD DEPT. CALLE APUESTA S/N LOCAL 34
C.P 28002 Madrid Spain.
We are pleased to inform you today the 21THth of July 2006 of the results of THE EuroMillions CIRCULO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS held on 05th May 2006 as part of our yearly bonanza.
Your Email address and name is attached to a Ticket no: 01-0124 Batch no: 83810-0
Ref no: 346-06279458-048 Winning no: 01-11-18-19-47+(03-07)
Which consequently won the lottery in the (2ND) category.
Your winning amount is(742,185.57 Euros)Equivalent to (USD$881,308.00) Eight hundred and Eighty one thousand Three hundred and Eight US Dollars in cash ,to be paid through one of the following payment options
(A) CHEQUE (B) CASH PICK UP (C) BANK TRANSFER
Your winning amount is insured in your name to its real value for security reasons and will be released for payment by THE MINISTERIO DE HACIENDA after datas verification, legalised and Notarised in the Court at the Ministry of Justice here in Spain. This is in accordance with the Spanish /European Union Lottery Act of 2005.
YOUR AGENT BOUGHT TICKET IN YOUR NAME FOR THIS YEAR PROGRAMME.TOTAL OF 40500 TICKETS WERE BOUGHT BY YOUR AGENT FOR CITIZENS OF AMERICA,CANADA , ASIA ,AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST
Due to mixed up of names we urge you to keep this award CONFIDENTIAL until your claim has been processed and your cash remitted to your desired OPTION OF PAYMENT as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non participants taking advantage of this programme.
For processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice kindly contact your PROMOTION AGENT COMPANY:
FOREIGN OPERATION MANAGER
MADRID FINANCIER S.L SPAIN.
Tel: 003463-872-6223 EXT:109
E-mail- email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, or email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Remember that all prize money must be claimed not later than 22nd of August 2006,after this date all unclaimed winning amount will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE HACIENDA as unclaimed.
Note: If there be any change on your address do inform your Agent as soon as possible.
YOUR AGENT WILL BE PAID 12% OF THE AWARD PRIZE AS COMMISSION AFTER YOU RECEIVED YOUR WINNING AMOUNT.
THE LOTTERY WINNING RECEIPT TICKET AND THE LOTTERY CUPON PAID /PLAYED BY YOUR AGENT ARE WITH THEM YOU CAN REQUEST FOR A COPY AS THE Original copy remains with your agent for the payment processing.
FRAUDULENT EMAILS ARE CIRCULATING CLAIMING TO BE THE EuroMillions CIRCULO LOTTERY SERVICE. PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO REPORT TO US ANY OF SUCH EMAILS YOU ENCOUNTER. BEWARNED!
THIS MESSAGE IS FROM THE NATIONAL SPANISH LOTTERY SECURITY UNIT.
Congratulation once again from all staff and board members.
Ma Angela Gomez.
Award promotion Director.