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Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 08:40:41 -0700
Subject: BRITISH MICROSOFT E-MAIL SELECT AWARD FROM HEAD OFFICES LONDON
*[image: Microsoft] *
*BRITISH MICROSOFT E-MAIL SELECT AWARD FROM HEAD OFFICES LONDON *
*British Microsoft Award*
*Headquarters: Customer Service *
*33 Yatch Basin Marina Offices,*
*Upontyne Newcastle London*
You have just won (One Million British Pounds Sterling) in the Yahoo Cum
Windows Live Prize E-mail Lottery held in London, United Kindom.All
participants were selected through a computer ballot system draw from
Microsoft users from over 20,000.00 companies and 3,000,000.00 individual
email addresses and names from all over the continents of the world
including Africa, Pacific, America, South America, Middle East, Antarctica,
Caribbeans Far East, Europe, Asia
You have just won yourself the sum of (*GBP£1,000,000.00)* in the satellite
software Email Lottery.
Payment Of Prize And Claim
Winners are to be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. This
Prize Award must be claimed in not later than 15 days from date of draw
notification after which unclaimed prizes are cancelled.
*WINNER NO: 4*
*These Are Your Identification Numbers:*
*Batch Number: Mfi/07/Apa-43658*
*Reference Number: 2007234522*
These Numbers Fall Within The South African File. Thus, You Are Requested To
Contact Our Fiduciary Agent In Johannesburg And Send Your Winning
Identification Numbers To Him:
*Contact No: Foreign Transfer Agent*
*Name:Dr Gregory Jude Adams:United Kingdom Microsoft Award Representative
Agent In South Africa*
*Tel: +27 780 531 122*
*Kindly Send The Following Information To Your Claim Agent To Facilitate The
Release Of Your Fund.*
1*. Full Name.................** 7.
*2. Telephone Number... 8. Fax
*3. Date Of Birth.............. 9.
*4. Sex........................ 10.Email
*6Copy Of Your International Passport Or Drivers
*11.Total amount won*
*12.Your Winning serial and ref. no.................*
Once Your Agent Acknowledges Receipt Of This Required Detail, Transfer
Congratulations!! Once Again.
Yours in service,
*Congratulations!! Once Again.***
*Yours in service*,
You are hereby advised not to disclose the content of this Prize Award until
your money have been remitted to you to avoid disqualification that will
arise from dual claim
*DR. C. Mark Van*
*Lottery Board Director*
*Microsoft** takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the information in
this email is accurate.However, the company gives no warranty, whether
express or implied, regarding the content of this email, nor do we accept
liability for any loss or damage which may result from your receipt of this
message. Any decision made by an individual based on information in this
email is the responsibility of that individual alone. You have to note
that the only person that have the right to represent you in your claim
is your appointed Agent only.** * *
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