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Fraud email example:
From: doris thabo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 22:34:53 +0200
Subject: CONTACT OUR CLAIM'S AGENT
SA 2010 ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
#265 FERIGRAN STREET, PRETORIAEAST, PRETORIA, 0002 - SOUTH AFRICA.FROM THE DIRECTOR, PRIZE AWARDDEPARTMENT.
WINNING NOTFICATION FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER
Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of SA 2010 ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY being organized by South Africa government in conjunction with FIFA to boost the 2010 world cup to be hosted in South Africa.The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 21,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet, no tickets were sold. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of two winners in the category "A" with the following winning information: You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$2,500,000.00 (Two million, Five hundred thousand United States dollars).
LUCKYNUMBERS: 06, 13, and 26,33,43,46.REFNUMBERS: INL-PF23-711W-9BATCHNUMBERS: 46-184-WAN.SERIAL NUMBERS: 215-18 DRAW.
The SA Gambling Board approves the SA 2010 ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY. To begin the Processing of your prize you are to contact our fiduciary claims department for more information as regards the procedures to claim your prize.For all claims, please contact the officer whose details appear below ;
Name:Mr. Andrew Smith (Claim agent SA 2010 ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY)Email:email@example.comFor due processing and remittance of your prize money you are to contact your claim agent Mr.Smith Andrew as soon as possible without any delay as all funds not claim will be returned as unclaimed.
You are advised to contact him by sending the under listed in formations to him:
(1) FULL NAME(2) FULL ADDRESS(3) NATIONALITY(4) AGE(5) SEX(6) OCCUPATION(7) TELEPHONE NUMBER
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.Yours Sincerely,Mrs.Doris Thabo.(Notification Officer)
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