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Fraud email example:
From: "HERITAGE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 18:52:07 +0000
Subject: Electronic !!! Mail !!! Award !!! Winning !!! Notification
HERITAGE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL,
GAMBLING BOARD OF GREAT BRITAIN
LICENSED. ONLINE BALLOT LOTTERY
REGISTERED UNDER THE DATA PROTECTION ACT.
HERITAGE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS.
P.O Box 1103
Asbury Street, Creek Road, Deptford, London SE8
Tel:+44(0)703 1861 935
+44(0)704 0122 334
Fax:+44(0)707 5727 641
REF NO: HLP/200-26937
ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION. AWARD PRESENTATION CENTER:
( NO TICKET SOLD)
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners of the
HERITAGE MEGA JACKPOT LOTTERY WINNINGS PROGRAMS held on 15TH,FEBUARY
2007.Your company or your personal e-mail address, is attached to winning
number 12-14-16-35-40-24, With serial number S/N-12678,consequently won in
the sixth lottery category.
You are therefore been approved for lump sums pay out of GBP £2,500,000.00
POUNDS in cash Credited to file REF NO: HLP/200-26937 and winning number
12-14-16-35-40-24 , this is from total prize money of GBP £ 20 500,000.00
POUNDS,shared among the Twenty (5) international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through our Microsoft computer ballot system
drawn form 21,000 Names, 3,000 names from each continent, as part of
International "E-MAIL" Promotions Program, for the Continues use of E-mail.
The Heritage Lottery Promotions International UK (HLP) was set up by
Parliament in 1994 to give grants to a wide range of projects involving the
local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom. We distribute a
share of the money raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes.
Your funds has been insured with your REF NO: HLP/200-26937 and winning
number 12-14-16-35-40-24. Your E-mail address should be used in all
correspondence with your claims officer,Please note that, you are to contact
your claims officer immediately,as we have already spelled out to you the
necessary procedures on how to claim Your prize.
To claim your winning prize, you must first contact the operations
department by email for processing and remittance of your prize money to
you.The claims officer contact email is:
Name: Mr.Stephen Boyce
Tel:+44(0)704 0122 334
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than the 28TH FEBRUARY,
2007. All funds not Claimed on or before the fixed date will be penalized
accordingly. Do email the above email addresses.
Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and
press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so
desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of
confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems
associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure
to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
NOTE: Do not reply this mail. You are to contact your claims officer
immediately by email
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