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Fraud email example:
From: "BMW ONLINE PROMOTION" <MIGRDNXIEV301@prodigy.net>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 12:59:01 -0800
Subject: UNCLAIMED BMW AWARD RESULT
THE LOTTERY DEPARTMENT BMW
22 Garden Close, Stamford,
Lincs, PE9 2YP, London
BMW WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the
results of the BMW CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION
held on the 21th August, 2006.
You were entered as dependent clients with: Reference
serial Number :BMW-2551256003/24 and Batch number CV-
040SB06-03 . Your email address attached to the
number: 2752246896 that drew the lucky winning
which consequently won the sweepstake in the first
category,in four parts. You have been approved for a
payment of Â£350,000.00GBP (US$650,757.20) (THREE
HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND GREAT BRITISH POUNDS) in
cash alongside a Brand New BMW 5 Series Car . This is
from a total cash prize of five million British
shared among all our international winners in all
Description of prize car:
Color (exterior/interior): Black Sapphire
Transmission: Automatic 6 Speed
Options: Cold weather package, premium package, fold
down rear seats w/ski bag, am fm stereo with single
dash compact disc player.
The BMW Lottery is approved by the British Gaming
Board and also Licensed by the International
Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This
promotional lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we
intend to sensitize the public.
The selection process was carried out through random
selection in our computerized email selection system
(ESS) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses
drawn from all the continents of the world which your
email address was selected. Due to mixed up of some
names and addresses, we ask that you keep this award
details safe and personal till your claims has been
processed and your funds remitted to you. This is a
part of our security measures to avoid double claims
or unwarranted participants/imposters, taking
advantage of the situation. You are to contact
your/our-accredited agent for your claim now.
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT UK
7 DOCK WAY, SEFTON BUSINESS
LONDON, T40 4RT
Mr. Chris Blakes
He is your agent, and he is responsible for the
processing and transfer of your winnings to you. Your
secret pin code is x7pwyz2005 (keep personal)
Remember, your winnings must be claimed on time (at
least 1-2weeks) after notification . Failure to claim
your prizes (CAR/CASH) would result to forfeiting and
will be used for the next CAR international lottery
Contact him by please providing him with your secret
pin code x7pwyz2005 and your Reference serial Number
BMW-2551256003/24.You are also advised to provide him
with the under listed informations as soon as
1.Name in full.
Please ensure you provide him with the above listed
details immediately so he can begin with the
processing of your prize winnings. Furthermore,
there be any change in your contact address, do
your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank
for being part of our promotional program.
THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS
BMW LOTTERY DEPARTMENT