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Fraud email example:
From: dennis walter <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 16:09:25 +0000
Subject: VITAL INFORMATION
SOUTH AFRICA 2010 PROMOTION DRAW IN CONJUCTION WITH THE BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO LONDONRef: PBL/CN/6654/CP.Coupon No.PBL2348974321
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual finaldraws held on the 25th Of June 2007 by British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion towards the promotion of South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup Fiesta. Your email was among the 4Lucky winners who won a lump sum of FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND BRITISH POUNDSSTERLINGS (£500,000.000) each on British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion. However the results were released on the 16th of July 2007 and your email was attached to ticket number (CC/7PWYZ2006) and ballot number (CC/BT: 12052006/20) The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked byan advanced automated random computer search from the internet.
However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticketnumbers for representation and privacy. The selection process was carried outthrough random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ)fro m a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continentsof the world This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and alsoLicensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).
In other to claim your prize winning, contact the Fiduciary Agent Of British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion for verification and claim processing below.Lottery Claims Officer:MR. ANDY DONALD,
Tel: +44-703-197-1028TRUST CONSULTANTS SECURITY COMPANY U.K E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide him with the information below:
8.Country Of Residence:
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.Congratulations once again On Behalf of the staff And Members Of theCOCA COLA COMPANIES and therefore advised you to keep your winninginformation confidential and restrict from third Party to avoid double or false claims of your winning.Dennis Walter
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