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This email claiming to be from the "Canada Lottery" for their Soccer World Cup Promotion" ought to be an obvious scam to anyone: they use hotmail and yahoo free email accounts, they claim to be from Canada, yet ask you to call a phone number in South Africa, and can't even spell "February" correctly. It is another variation of the Canada Lottery scam.
Notice the gibberish writing, excessive use of CAPITAL letters, poor punctuation and spacing, bad grammar and spelling, etc. 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 hotmail/yahoo email accounts, etc.
From: Ontario 49
Regional Office <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 15/02/2007 06:37
Subject: Ticket Number: B9564 75604545 100
From: Ms. Claudia Schmidt
Canada Lottery/Ontario 49 Soccer World Cup 2010 Promotional Draw
1550 Princess Street
Kingston, ON, Canada, K7M 9E3
Attention: Customer AFRSA680
Batch No. Ontario 49
KEEP THIS EMAIL IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR WINNING NOTIFICATION.
The Canadian Government sponsors this lottery for the promotion of the 2010 Soccer World cup to be hosted in South Africa. We happily announce to you the Special Global 2010 World Cup Promotional Draw held on the Saturday 10th Febeuary 2007 in Essex United Kingdom and Ontario Canada. Your e-mail address attached to Ticket Number:B9564 75604545 100, with Serial Number 46563760 drew the winning numbers 03-04-20-36-43-49-Bonus-31 for Ontario 49 Lotto under the choice of the lottery in the 2nd category of bi-weekly six.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$820,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file EAAL/851OYHI/07.This is from a total cash prize of US $11,100, 000.00 Million dollars, shared amongst the first One Hundred and-thirty (130) lucky winners in this category Worldwide. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afro booklet representative office in Africa as indicated in your play coupon, because this particular draw was selected to promote the 2010 World Cup to be hosted in South Africa hence your winning information must be kept to enable you participate in our subsequent draws which will see 500 participants traveling on an all expense paid trip to South Africa for the Soccer World Cup 2010.
In view of this, your US$820,000.00 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand United States Dollars) would be released to you by an accredited commercial Bank in South Africa. Our African agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact our African Agent's office. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,00 companies and personal e-mails. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measures to avoid double claiming and Unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous elements. Please be warned!
To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding Agent in South
Africa immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of
your fund, contact information is as follows:
Email: email@example.com. Phone: +27-730-674-456
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference numbers in any correspondences with our designated agents.
Congratulations! Once more from all members and staff of this program that
has ensured that you won this competition. Thank you for being part of our
Promotional Lottery program.
Ms. Claudia Schmidt.
NOTE To confirm that you have the winning number for the Wed 07th February
2007 draw, visit: http://www.lottostrategies.com/script/winning_of_past_month/100/ON1/ON/OntarioON-Ontario-49-lottery-results.html
confirm under Ontario 49
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