This email with the subject "Your Urgent Assistance" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Sat, 05 May 2007 21:03:56 -0700 and has been classified as a Generic Scam.
The sender was Mr. Mark Harris <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Friend, Goodday to you, I am Mr. Mark Harris, a citizen of the United Kingdom. I work with National Lottery Commision, the official motoring body of the UK National Lottery. I wish to use this medium to seek your assistance to claim the total sum of £8,497,985(Eight Million Four Hundred And Ninety Seven Thousand, Nine Hundred And Eighty Five Great Britain pounds sterling). The said amount is an unclaimed lottery prize fund from the National Lottery. The prize result was released over five months ago. Since then, the rightful winner of the prize has not come with the winning lottery ticket to claim his or her winning prize; and there is a claim deadline of 180days(six months) which means that, when the claim deadline of 180 days is achieved, the funds will be forfieted and remitted to the UK. government. There has been several cases like this were some winners has failed to claim their lottery winnings, and the prizes were forfieted and remitted to the UK Goverment treasury. You can check the below BBC news and UK Lottery Post links to see, understand and believe what I am talking about: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/south_yorkshire/4573760.stm http://www.lotterypost.com/news/104653.htm The reasons why some winners fail to claim their prizes can be one or all of the below: 1. The winner may have accidentally throw away the tickets and lost track of the winning ticket number and other vital information as regards the lucky win. 2. Some winners do not check their tickets properly. 3.The winner may not be aware of the victory . 4. My company does not advice winners of their winning via email that is why some may not be aware that they won in the draws. In view of the above, I seek your consent to cooperate with me to furnish you with the winning information of the prize funds to enable you claim the funds so that you and I can share the proceeds on a 50, 50 basis, that is 50% for me while 50% will be for you. As soon as I receive an acknowledgement of your acceptance, I will furnish you with the necessary modalities of the transaction. All I require from you is your honest cooperation and confidentiality in this regard to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law as I have mapped out all plans to ensure we claim this funds without any trace in the future. I look forward to your quick response while thanking you for your anticipated co-operation. Best regards, Mark Harris.