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Fraud email example:
From: info dept <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 14:01:33 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: European email lottery award.
European email lottery award.
C/.Raina Isabel 37,280023.
We are please to announce you as one of the 10 lucky winners in the Euro Millones Lottery International Email Address draw on the 5th of Sept.2006 due to the mix-up of email addresses, the result was released on the 13th Sept.2006. All 10 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international email addresses. Your email address emerged alongside 9 others as a category A winner in the Euro Millones Lottery Draw.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of US$787,000:00 (Seven Hundred and Eighty Seven Thousand United States Dollars Only The following particulars are attached to your lottery payment order:
Batch No: SUTO/980/TWM/EU
Ticket No: WRNM/SMI/5990
Lucky No: 10-23-44-72-80
Serial No: MUOTI/82536
The Euro Millones Lottery Program internet draw is held once in a year and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proudto say that over 200 Million Euros are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide.To claim your winning prize you are to contact the appointed agent as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
Madrid Consult Sa.
C/.Segre 40, Madrid-Spain.
N.B:Steps to claiming your prize;
1.Please quote the numbers attached to your lottery payment order, in all correspondence with the claims officer.
2. You must contact the appointed agent with your Full Names, Contact Telephone Numbers (Home, Office and Mobile Number and also Fax Number) via email to process the immediate payment of your prize.
3. Be informed that the appointed agent will be required to swear an Affidavits of Lotto Claim and also obtain Approval Legal Clearance Certificate from the Court here in Spain which is in accordance with the European Union Financial Act 2004 on payment of International Lottery Winners.
Please be aware that the PAYING BANK will Effect Payment Swiftly upon satisfactory Report, Verifications and validation provided by this fiduciary agent.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you.Be informed that the deadline to claim your winning prize money is 30th Nov.2006.
Once again congratulations!!!
NB: In accordance with the EUROPEAN EMAIL PROMOTION PROGRAM E-games policy and regulations, this notification is dispatched directly to only the 10 lucky consolation prize Winners. This notification also contains information that is proprietary,privileged or confidential or otherwise legally exempt from disclosure. If you are not the right recipient whose email address attached to the lucky numbers along with the winning information,you are not authorized to read, print, retain, copy or disseminate this notice or any part of it.