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Fraud email example:
From: LOTTO PROMO <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 07:20:33 -0600
TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL LOTTO (HEADQUARTERS) Customer Service Department Affiliate of Toyota Japan. #28 Kanashiwa road Tokyo JP We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the winners of the TOYOTA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
As a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 719-226-1319, with serial number 902-66 drew the lucky numbers 5,12, 30, 11, 17, 43 and Bonus number 12 , Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/ 453L /GMSA and consequently you won in the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.
You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$500, 000, 00 in cash, including a Toyota car which is the winning present /amount for the Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$2,650,000.00 shared among the international winners in the Second category.
CONGRATULATIONS! Please be informed that your won fund of the sum of US$500,000.00 is now with the payee center. Contact our agent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your winning fund under your full names. Together with the port where your winning car should be shipped to. To begin your claim, please call our claim agent or send email immediately to:-.
Certificate Agent, Toyota Email LottoMr. Frank LeeE-mail: email@example.comEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: +8615989025441
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please quote your
1. Full name: 2. Address/contact number: 3. Country of origin:4. Age: 5. Occupation:6. Tel/fax:
Sincerely, Mrs Ing Chuny LiuHon Cordinatorwww.toyota.com.cn
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