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Sample Lottery Scam Email:
BRITISH ONLINE LOTTERY /  CASH-OUT LOTTO BV /
The National Lottery
E-mail address ballot lottery draw of the Australian cash-out lotto bv international programme

The scammer behind this lottery scam decided to try to use the names of a number of lotteries in the same email. This scam comes from "BRITISH ONLINE LOTTERY" and purports to be "CASH-OUT LOTTO BV of The National Lottery", and is an "E-mail address ballot lottery draw of the Australian cash-out lotto bv international programme".  That's different 3 countries and 4 lotteries right there!

In addition to the numerous gibberish phrases, the email is highly repetitive, repeating several phrases over. There are many other signs that this is a fraud, not the least of which is that no legitimate lottery uses email to notify its winners!

And a legitimate lottery certainly would not use free hotmail, yahoo, elitist, or aim email accounts. Especially a free Yahoo email account from Hong Kong. 

In addition to the usual clues, notice the gibberish writing, excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, lack of decent punctuation..  The sentences don't even make sense.  Hardly what a professional (i.e., real) lottery would do. Note the other clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter; keep confidential, selected by a random computer lottery of email addresses, use of free email accounts, etc.

Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification. 

 Also see this page for a sample in the UK.


From: BRITISH ONLINE LOTTERY
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 6:39 AM
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS

CASH-OUT LOTTO BV
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)

INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT. Date:02/03/2007

Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
Winning no: 11 13 26 34 44 48

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are delighted to inform you of the result of the E-mail address ballot lottery draw of the Australian cash-out lotto bv international programme, which took place on the 2nd March 2007.This is a computer generated lottery of Internet users using email addresses for draws. This lotto draw is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses from different World Wide Web(www)sites.

Youre-mail address attached to ticket number: 275-189-657-23-05 with Serial number 8756-05 drew the lucky numbers and bonus ball number which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US£500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS STERLINGS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02.This lotto draw is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses from different World Wide Web(www) sites. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 275-189-657-23-05 with Serial number 8756-05 drew the lucky numbers and bonus ball number which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS STERLINGS) in cash credit file ref:ILP/HW 47509/02. This is from the total cash prize of £5,000,000 Million Pounds,shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category.

All participant were selected randomly 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 programme which is conducted annually.

This Lottery is being promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of Multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities 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 £500,000.00 will be released to you from the regional branch office in UK. We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes £13,Billion international draw.

Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:

Simply contact your claims agent, MR Frank Anderson at email.. ( claimagentfrank07@yahoo.co.uk ) by filling this form below and send it to him to file for your claim.

LOTTERY WINNERS APPLICATION FORM OF PAYMENT

VERIFICATION/WINNER'S CLAIM FORM

WINNER'S PERSONAL DATA

First Name.: *

Middle Name.:

Last Name.: *

Gender.: Male Female

Month Of Birth.: Month January Febuary March April May June July August September October November December

Day: Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1112 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Year:

Marital Status.: Single Married Divorced

Nationality.: *

Religion.:

Occupation.:

Address 1.: *

Address 2.:

City.: *

State/Province.: *

Zip Code.: *

Mobile phone No.: *

Fax No.:

Email Address.: * eg. username@domainname.com

WINNING INFORMATION

Batch Number.: *

Serial Number.: *

Refrence Number.: *

This is to verify that the information filled in this FORM is a valid particulars of me.

Yes: No:

Please quote your reference, batch and winning number which can be found on the top left corner of this notification as well as your full name, address and telephone number to help locate your file easily.

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

Note that, all winnings MUST be claimed by a STIPULATED TIME; otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually be reabsorbed into our next lucky dip sweepstakes.

Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!

Yours in service,

Mrs. Grace Ford
Executive Co-ordinator (Australian Lottery Inc).

Dr. P. Swier, Mr. Gerald Goodman (Manager Foreign Operations), Mr. Franklyn Van Der Weijden (Manager Domestic Banking Operations), Dr. James Williams (Director International Credit Department), Mrs. Sandra Murphy(Executive), Mr. Michael Cole (Executive), Mr. Stephen Boer (Chairman).

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS OFFICE, MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT ABOVE.A LSO MAKE SURE YOU SEND DOWN YOUR PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS TO YOUR CLAIMS AGENT FOR EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION. ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION.


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