Lottery Scam Email:
"(MRS.) ANGELLA RICHARDSON", "MR RICHARD OLSEN"
Have you received an email from "(MRS.) ANGELLA RICHARDSON" at "Honda Promotion" telling you that "your
email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to
contact "MR RICHARD OLSEN" to collect your winnings? It is a
scam. Honda makes cars, not lotteries. And they certainly don't give away
money to random email addresses. That's just dumb; it would not motivate anyone
to BUY a ticket! And No legitimate, legal lottery notifies winners via email (see footnote) The scammers may
change the names and details, but it is still a scam!
Below is another example of a fake lottery; this email claims to
be from the "Honda Company UK".
Although the most important clue is that no legitimate
lottery will ever email a winner, there are many other signs that this is a fraud.
highlighted some of these in the email below, not the least
of which are:
Email address ballot: There is no such thing as a
"computer ballot system" or "computer email draw". No one, not even
Microsoft has a database of email addresses of the type or magnitude they
Terrible spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammar - Scammers
apparently don't know how to use spell checkers. We assume they
dropped out of school before that class. They use almost excessive and random CapItaLiZAtion.
They often can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to
be "22nd". These scammers usually write at the 3rd grade level.
Being non-native English speakers, they also often get first names and
surnames (last names reversed), so you will frequently see names like "Mr.
SMITH JAMES.", instead of "Mr. James Smith", along with the peculiar usage
of periods (full stops) and spaces or the lack thereof. Real lotteries also proofread their emails
and look and read more professional.
Using free email account: The scammer is writing to
you from a FREE email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, Excite, AIM, Gmail, etc.). Don't you think a real organization
would use its own email, its own domain and website?
Keep Confidential - Real lotteries THRIVE on
publicity - they don't want you to keep anything secret - the publicity
causes people to buy more tickets. there is NO risk of "double claiming"
because they can validate where the ticket numbers were sold. The scammer
want you to keep quiet because they don't want the police or
ConsumerFraudreporting to hear about them! It should read: "For our own security, you
are advised to keep your winning information confidential until we have
finished scamming you!"
Email notification: NO REAL LOTTERY SENDS AN EMAIL TO
NOTIFY WINNERS. Period. Full-stop. End of story. There mere fact
ALONE that you received an email saying you won a lottery is proof that it
is a scam.
Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification.
Actual scam email (One example - the scammers constantly change
names, dates and addresses!):
Subject: HONDA PROMOTION RESULT 2007
From: "HONDA COMPANY" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, July 17, 2007 6:23 pm
HONDA COMPANY UK®.
An Affiliate of Honda Uk.
28 TANFIELD ROAD,
We are pleased to inform you of the release, of the long awaited results of
the HONDA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM held on the July 17th 2007. You
were entered as dependent clients with: Ticket number:2752246876 . Your email
address drew the lucky winning number, which consequently won the sweepstake in
the first category,in four parts. You have been approved for a payment of
£1,750,000.00 (ONE MILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND GREAT BRITAIN
POUNDS STERLING.) in cash credited to file reference number:AT-040SA06- 03. This
is from a total cash prize of Ten million Pounds shared among all our
international winners in all categories. You are to contact your/our-accredited
agent for your claim now.
MR RICHARD OLSEN
HONDA CLAIMING SECURITY AGENCY.
Tel: +44 703 193 0949 (Mobile Number)
+44 701 112 8904 (Office Number)
Fax: +44 703 040 3522 (Office Fax)
You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon
(MRS.) ANGELLA RICHARDSON
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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