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Fraud email example:
From: "=?iso-8859-1?Qfirstname.lastname@example.org?=" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 20:25:11 +0200
FROM THE DESK OF MRS. JOANN REAL
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER
AUSTRALIA INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM.
REGIONAL CLAIMS VERIFICATION OFFICE,
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.
UNITED KINGDON AND AUSTRALIAN GOVT APPROVED.
Australia International Free Lotto draw
(One Million U.S Dollars)
YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED A WINNER OF $1,000,000.00 US DOLLARS
We are pleased to announce your email address as one of the 100 lucky
winners of the Australia International Free Lotto draw conducted here in
the United Kingdom on the 6st of July, 2008.
You have been made a winner of this amount (One Million U.S Dollars) through
an Electronic Random Selection of World Wide E-mail Addresses from the
Internet. Consequently, you have been approved for a total payout of
$1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION DOLLARS) only. Your email address emerged along
side with 99 others around the globe as the category of winners in this
Annual Draw. Your winning number is (AUI400/856/AS87) and ballot number is
For security reasons, we advised that you keep your winning information
confidential until you claim your prize money. This is part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program. Please be warned!
CONTACT Dr. Terry Augustine FOR WINNING CONFIRMATION, VERIFICATION AND PAYMENT
OF YOUR WINNING AMOUNT TO YOU.
Please contact our verification department for proper verification and
payment of your winning amount to you, provide them with the following
information as indicated below:
YOUR WINNING PAYMENT APPLICATION FORM [A]:
4. Mobile Phone No:--------------
5. Home Phone No:----------------
8. Age: -------------------------
Our Second Quarter Winner Mrs. Jennifer Southa from Texas U.S.A. receiving her winning cheque, also on the picture is her husband and friends rejoicing with them while she pops champagne.
TESTIMONIES OF OUR PAST LUCKY WINNERS:
''When I first received an unsolicited email that I have just won One Million British Pounds Starlings it appeared to me like one of those uncalled -for emails .However when I decided to justify my curiosity by contacting Dr. Richard Adams to know if this was real he instructed me on what to do to claim my winning and as a matter of fact I was skeptical initially but when I did I was full of surprise when my bank here in America called me up to confirm to me that an additional One Million Pounds about two Million United States Dollars Has been transferred from England to my account .......I am really happy for the UK National Lottery who made it possible for me to be One Million Pounds Richer Today ''..
[Mr. Walter Shaun [From Texas In The United States of America]
''To me everything was pointing to the direction of a scam especially when I was told that I have to make the payment of a particular amount of money being the British Tax imposition and transfer charges to the transfer bank before my winning fund will be transferred This was so because I had the belief that for being a winner I do not have to send money first before receiving .However when I discussed this with my wife she urged me to do so because of her believe on the UK National Lottery .After I have meet this condition , it hit me like a thunder ball when I was surprised that eventually Five Hundred Thousand Pounds was deposited into my account .It was unbelievable to me until I made the withdrawal of Two Hundred Thousand Pounds to buy a new house in Tehran, Iran'' .
Dr. Ali Mohammad Alamin [From Iran]
''To me I was the last person on earth to believe in the internet of a thing and its winning .Especially considering the fact that I am a black woman from Thailand.I just couldn't believe it ,but when I called my claim agent to confirm my wining I was still in surprise until I meet all his condition and today I am the pillar in my family because of my financial strength''.
Mrs. Joyce kim [From Thialand]
'' Words cant explain how I feel winning a lottery I never participated in .I have been playing the Uk National Lottery and buying tickets every week .However, I was over joyed when my email address was selected by the computer as one among the lucky winners and now I am praying every day so as emerge as the jackpot winner of One Million British Pounds Starlings so that I can buy a football club of my own here in England ''
Mr. Bright Waterfalls [Liverpool England ]
'' I can beat my hands on my chest and tell any one who cares to listen that this is a genue lottery. I am a living testimony ,my parents never believed when I informed them that I won but today look at me only 9 years old and I am already smiling to the bank with Ninety Five Thousand Pounds ''
Little Miss Natalie Mboweni [ south africa ]
'' Man, I am really a winner!!! Waooo my joy is imeasurable!!!! ''
Mr. Sammy Young [ Japan One Million Pounds Jackpot Winner ]
'' I have received this kind of winning notification on several occasions but I didn't believe until I just took a risk of paying all the charges I was required to pay .Infect I had to borrow money from within around to pay all these charges and look at me today I can pay back what I have borrowed in 5 folds to my creditors ''
Mrs Carlose Escobar [ ecuador in south africa Seven Hundred Thousand Pounds Winner ]
'' Infect ,I am donating 20% percent to any charity organization of my choice in Asia as a free -will gift and a thank you gift to the Almighty God for making it possible for me to win a lottery I never participated believed in ''.
Mr. John White [From Australia,Two Hundred Thousand Pounds Winner]
'' This is my second time of winning a lottery so it never came to me as a surprise .But still I am grateful to the lottery organizers for making this come true ''
Mr. Ismail Sadiq [From Jordan .Twenty Thousand Pounds Winner ]
MRS. MARRY ANN.
CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN.
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