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Sample Scams Emails Involving the Irish National Lottery

How to Recognize Them and What To Do If You Receive One
"The Irish National Lottery
Maureen Fred (Mrs)., Braint Clark, Mr. Dustin Menny,  PEGASUS COURIER SERVICES

If you received an email from "Maureen Fred (Mrs).", claining to be from the Irish National Lottery or the Irish National Lottery Online, and to contact Braint Clark to receive your winnings, beware! Next, you'll hear from "Dustin Menny" at "Pegasus Courier"!  Where do the scammers come up with these nonsensical names?  Why does anyone believe them?  Why do scammers almost always end the names with a period (full stop)?

This scam claims that there is a free online version of the Irish Lottery that selects winners, randomly, just because they have an email address. Obviously, this is just another scam. If you really believe that there is ANY organization, anywhere in the world, that is going to give away millions of dollars weekly to people who are selected at random from email addresses, then we will question your sanity. And do you suppose that there is someone in Ireland named "Braint"?

Also notice the pathetic follow-up emails the scammers sent to the potential victim!

We've highlighted some of the obvious clues that it is a fraud. Notice the the use of free yahoo email accounts (not likely for a professional lottery!), gibberish phrases, many typos and misspellings, etc. Note that they have even included the real logo, from the Irish Lottery website.

See this page for much more information.


Irish Lottery Scam Email Received:

The Irish Lottery Inc,

P O Box 1010.

11 G Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1, Ireland (Customer Services)

Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/06

Batch: R3/A312-59

RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION

We happily announce to you the draw (#1004) of the IRISH LOTTERY online Sweepstakes International program.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56-475-600-545-188 with Serial number 5368/06 drew the lucky numbers:21, Bonus 01, which subsequently won you the lottery cash prize in the first category i.e match 5 plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved Authority of The Irish Lottery Inc, to claim a total sum of 1,200.000.00 GBP(One Million, Two Hundred ThousandBritishPounds Sterling).

To file for your claim, contact our fiduciary agent:

Name: Braint Clark.

Email: irishfiduciaryegent@yahoo.se

Tel: +447045719618

Endeavour to email him with the following details for verification to further substantiate your winning:

FULL NAME: ...........................................

PHONE NO:.................. MOBILE ...................

COUNTRY:..............................................

ADDRESS:..............................................

SEX:..................................................

AGE:..................................................

OCCUPATION:...........................................

DATE OF BIRTH:........................................

AMOUNT WON:...........................................

Due to frenquent impersonation cases often experienced in this lottery programme, The Management Board of this Corporation, have made it very necessary/important that, winners must send a scanned copy of either driver's license or any other official identity, along with the above information, to your fiduciary agent in order to confirm that,they are indeed the bearer of the name who actually won the lottery.

Please note that, your winning will not be processed further with sending your complete information and identification to your fiduciary agent, Mr. Braint Clark.

Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE IRISH LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,

Maureen Fred (Mrs).

Online coordinator for THE IRISH LOTTERY Sweepstakes International Program.

Copyright 2006 Irish lottery! Inc. All rights reserved.


Follow-up email from the scammer (calling himself "Braint Clark", but probably the same person) after the victim replied:

The Irish Lottery Inc,

P O Box 1010.

11 G Lower Dorset Street,

Dublin 1, Ireland.

(Customer Services) 

Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/06

Batch: R3/A312-59 

LOTTERY CLAIM DEPARTMENT

Attn: < victim's name removed>, 

I am glad to inform you that the Lottery Verifications and Claim Department has cleared you as a bonafide winner of the IRISH LOTTERY PRIZE. The next step would be for your winning Documents which consist of the original copies of your Winning Certificate, Letter of Affidavit of Claims,Tax Clearance Certificate and Money Laundering Protection Document, to be couriered to you as well as your Certified Cheque as soon as you meet with the terms and conditions of the delivery company.  

Below is the contact details of the affiliate Courier Company responsible for the courier of your won prize to you:  

Contact Person: Mr. Dustin Menny

Email: pgscourierexp@yahoo.co.uk 

Phone number: +44-704-571-9618

Fax: +44-7005921641  

Have it in mind that your won prize cannot be deducted from, this is because the total amount has been insured to the real value and has an insurance policy on it. This is in accordance with section 13(1)(n) of the National Gambling Act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3RD July 1996 by the institutional Assembly.  

This is to protect Winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds. It's  imperative that you add your IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS {SWC/OWN/9876} as the subject of any correspondence with the above paying Courier Company to ensure they respond in a timely manner. If you have any questions don't forget to get back to us. And I do hope you will consider me for a little compensation after you have received your winnings.

Yours Respectfully,

Mr.Braint Clark.


Now the scammer tells our victim that he must contact "Mr. Dustin Menny" at "Pegasus Courier Services", which our placid victim dutifully does, and then receives this response:

  ATTN: < victim's name removed>,

       27day of febuary, 2008.

Thank you for contacting PEGASUS COURIER COMPANY LTD.

This is to inform you that you have been officially cleared for payment by the Verifications Department at the headquarters of the  IRISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL INC.

The original copy of this certificate, together with a covering document (Money Laundering protection and Letter of Affidavit for Claims) from the British government stating that the money was obtained legally through their international Lotto and the documents will be sent to you as soon as you meet with any of the option selected as you deem fit and your winnings will be couriered or transferred to you immediately.

You can now begin the final step of the claiming process, which is the transferring of your cash prize to you. With regards to this, there are two options open to you, you are required to select the most convenient of the two.

We will send your winning draft to you via any of this channel listed below

Option 1:

Courier of your winning draft to you via any of this channel listed below:

(48 hours Delivery)               

Mailing...................................359.00

Insurance.................................247.00

Vat (5%)..................................92.99

TOTAL.....................................698.99

(72 hours Delivery)             

Mailing &n bsp;..........................290.00

Insurance................................170.00

Vat (5%).................................110.99

TOTAL....................................570.99

 

(72 Hours Delivery)

Mailing ;.................................211.00

Insurance.................................120.00

Vat (5%)..................................44.99

TOTAL.....................................375.99

                        

The insurance company declined reverse payment for the courier, stating that it is against their professional policy towards ensuring the safe delivery of the draft to you.

That if a reverse payment is made, and something goes wrong, that you cannot sue the courier company or insurance company to recover the full value of the fund as stipulated in the draft since payment for insurance cover was not made at point of mailing.

With the above reason, reverse payment is ruled out.

Forward the cost of mailing your draft with any of the courier channel cost you choose above to us.

Option 2 :

The said amount  1,200,000.00 POUNDS will be wired to your bank account via Bank transfer.

Condition: The cost of COT (commission of transfer) being charged by our transferring bank, which  is 0.8% (i.e 1200.99) of the cash being transferred will be paid by you.

Note that your prize is protected by a hardcover insurance policy, which makes it impossible to deduct any amount from the money before it has been remitted to you.

This means that the above charges cannot be deducted from the prize and hence must be provided by you before your prize is transferred to you.

Please respond to this email by making a selection from the two options above.

Also attach a scanned copy of either your driver's license, international passport (photo page) or any other legally identifying document.

Also be reminded that the deadline for the claiming of winnings is exactly four weeks after the receipt of this email.

After this period, your cash prize will be deemed to have been forfeited by you and will be reused in the drawings of the next edition of the lottery

Regards

Mr. Dustin Menny. 

 PEGASUS COURIER SERVICES.  


Now, our would-be victim finally begins to smell a rat, and challenges the scammers about having to pay to receive money from a lottery (doesn't make much sense, does it, to have to pay money to receive money you won?)  The scammers reply:

Attn: < victim's name removed>,

With receipt to your mail, We are unable to send you your won check right now, because it is confidential, and can only be given to you after you have successfully claim your prize, for security purpose for to secure your won details.

But due to your complains, I have been instructed to send you your Won Certificate, for your preview, Attached to this mail is your Won Certificate.

Endeavour to effect the payment for the Cost of Delivery as soon as possible, to enable us commence with the courier of your prize to you.

Thanks for your Co-operation.

Mr. Dustin Menny

Pegasus Courier Service.

Reputation For Services and Savings is Our Most Valued Asset

 

 


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