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Fraud email example:
From: email@example.com (Lottery Award Company)
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 00:58:02 +0000
Subject: NOTIFICATION OF LOTTERY WINNING
SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY DEPARTMENT
P O Box 4539.
#24 Lyndhurst Road,
London NW3 5PQ,
Ref : UK/9420X2/68.
NOTIFICATION OF LOTTERY WINNING.
We happily announce to you the draw (#966) of the SWEEPSTAKES ONLINE
LOTTERY International program held on 16th sntp, 2006.Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number : 56475600545 188 with Serial number
5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:
05 06 08 19 34 38
and bonus ball number: 11
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims has been processed
and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol
to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
participants.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
£1500,000(One million five hundred thousand pounds sterlings) in cash
credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of £6,500,000 shared amongst the first
four(4)lucky winners in this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.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
listedonline. This promotion takes place yearly. Please note that your
lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative
office in Europe. In view of this, your £1500,000(One million five
hundred thousand pounds sterlings) would be released to you in our ANY
OF OUR BRANCH office.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate
the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.For security
reasons, you are advised to keep your winning informationconfidential
till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever
manner you deem fit to claim your prize.Please you are advised to
contact the validating officer with your winning numbers this is part
of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming an unwarranted
abuse of this program. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our validating officer via his
email below and provide him with this info
3. Marital Status:
8. Country Of Residence:
9. Telephone Number (Country Code)-(Area Code)- Phone Number):
10. Cell Number (Country Code) - (Cell Phone Number):
11. lucky Numbers above:
Mr.DANNY KENTclaim officer)
Phone Number: (44) 703 1846158
CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE MEMBERS AND STAFF OF SWEEPSTAKES ONLINE
Mr. Brian Hunt.
Online coordinator for SWEEPSTAKES ONLINE LOTTERY.
Mr. Brian Hunt.
BELOW ARE THE SPONSORS OF THIS PROGRAM
Dr. P. Swier (CEO), Mr. Gerald Goodman (Manager Foreign Operations),
Mr. Franklyn Van Der Weijden (Manager Domestic Banking Operations), Dr.
James Williams (Director International Credit Department), Mrs. Lonni K
Anderson (Legal Representative), Mrs. Lyudmyla Marchukova(Regional
Manager), Mr. Stephen Boer (Chairman), Mr. Chris Moritz(International