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The message below is a type of scam that is becoming more common. The scammer claims to have recently won a lottery, and often uses the name of an actual lottery winner (someone not involved in the scam in any way). The scammer tells you that he wants to share his winnings with you — and from that point on the scam becomes an just another example of the good old advance fee fraud:
date: Sun, 03 Jul 16
subject: we Have Private Donation For You
from: John & Lisa Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Sir / Madam,
This is a personal email directed to you. My wife and I won a PowerBall of $528 jackpot on January 15, 2016 and we have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of ONE MILLION Dollar to you as part of our own charity project to improve the lots of 15-20 lucky individuals all over the world plus 15 close friends and family.
We believe that this wonderful opportunity came to us from God and we cannot keep it to ourselves alone, Your contact was submitted to us by Google Management Team and you received this email because we have short listed you as one of the lucky recipients, If you have received this email then you are one of the lucky winner and all you have to do is get back to us this email ( email@example.com ) with your particulars so that we can send your details to the pay-out bank.
You can verify this by visiting the web pages below to see our interview and send your response back to us.
And one more thing, this donation is made out to you as to enable you strengthen your personal issues and mostly to generously help us extend hands of giving to the less privilege, orphans and charity organizations within your locality.
We await your urgent response Via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa and John Robinson
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