Lottery Scam Email:
AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY COMAPNY
"Mr Ahan Larry", "MR.STEVE COLLINS"
Have you received an email from "Mr Ahan Larry" at "AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY COMAPNY"
(that's how they spelled it!) telling you that "your
email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to
contact "MR.STEVE COLLINS" to collect your winnings? It is a
scam. 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 "AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY COMAPNY".
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!):
From: "AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY COMAPNY" <
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS !
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 10:30:46 +0100
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 13th
March 2007 from the Australian International Lottery programme.
Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners
using their e-mail addresses. Your name was attached to ticket
number;575061725 8056490902 serial number 6741137002 This batch
draws the lucky numbers as follows 4-13-33-37-42 bonus Number
17,which consequently won the lottery in the second category.
You here by have Been approved a lump sum pay of
US$500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file
ref:ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize shared amongst
eight lucky winners in this category.
All participant were selected through a computer balloting system
drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from Canada,
Australia, United States, Asia,Europe, Middle East, Africa
and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which
is conducted annually. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a
conglomorate of some multinational companies as part of their social
responsibility to the citizens in the commmunities where they
have operational base. Further more your details( e-mail address)
falls within our european representative office in Amsterdam, Holland,
as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of US$500,000.00 will
released to you from this regional branch office in NIGERIA. We hope
part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year
high stakes for US $1.3Billion international draw.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE: Simply contact our
at;( email@example.com )
To file for your claim Please quote your Date of draw,Reference Number,
Batch Number and Winning Number, which can be found on the
top-left corner of this message.
Also, you should give in your telephone number to help locate
your file easily.
For security reasons, we advice all winners to
keep this information
confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your
prize has been released to you. This is part of our security protocol
to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this
programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel.
Note, all winnings MUST be claimed before the 30th of March 2007;
otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually
donated to charity.
Congratulations once again on your winning!
Mr Ahan Larry(For co-ordinator)
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THE ABOVE EMAIL ADDRESS.
CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS
( Steve_collins01@yahoo.com )
ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF WINNERS WILL RESULT TO
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
Click here for the huge list of the names of the currently identified lottery
* Re: emails of winnings. We know of only ONE exception in the world to this rule
- and if you bought a ticket from them, you would know it, and would not be