Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Have you received an email from "Dr (Mrs.).Teresa Allan" at "Euro-Afro-American- Sweepstakes†Lottery International programs" telling you that "your email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to contact "Dr.Barnabas†Emzor" to collect your winnings? It is a scam. No legitimate, legal lottery notifies winners vian email (see footnote)! The scammers may change the names and details, but it is still a scam!
All of the photos are stolen from other websites. For example, look at the photo of the two older men hugging. That's actually from the International Federation for Information Processing; from their meeting in 2003 in Bilbao, Spain (see this page for the original). The crossed fingers logo is lifted from the UK's National Lottery website. The guy in the red shirt is Ricky Huttom, he won a Pennsylvania state lottery - the photo is taken from the Pennsylvania state lottery website; you can even plainly read that on the enlarged photo.
Even more ironically entertaining is the photo of guy with the baseball cap holding up a glass of champagne. That's traced to a BBC news story about Michael Carroll a criminal lager lout who won 9.7 Pounds in a UK lottery, see the Wikipedia story here or the BBC story here.
So do you REALLY want to play the lottery? Still think you're going to win? Still think you did win? Heck, the scammers can't even spell "sweepstakes" correctly! If you fall for this one, you're dumber than they are!
Below is the example of the fake email scam (the email is the scam, not any persons or companies named in the email) claiming to be from the "Euro-Afro-American- Sweepstakes†Lottery International programs".
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. We have 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 suggest.
"No tickets were sold": You care to explain where the money comes from? Perhaps the lottery money fairy? Why would a lottery give away money to "email address randomly selected by a computer ballot draw system"? This is CLEARLY nonsense: you MUST, repeat MUST buy a ticket to have a chance of winning any lottery!
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. Names are usually in all capital letters for some reason known only to these illiterate criminals. 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 it's own email, it's 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.
MOTTO: FIGHTING POVERTY ROUND THE WORLD
From Dr. (Mrs.).Teresa Allen.
EURO- AFRO-AMERICAN-SWEEPTSTAKE LOTTERY.
Bexon Court Carlton
Nottingham shire Nottingham NG4 1SQ Essex
. United Kingdom
Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914
The Promotion team is happily announce to you the draw of the Euro-Afro-American- Sweepstakes Lottery International programs(UK-US-SA Lottery) held on Saturday 12th January,2008 in Essex United Kingdom. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B9564 75604545 188 with! Serial number 97560 drew the winning: 06/07/10/20/37/44, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$1,500,0000.00 (ONE MILLION AND FIVE THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) in cash credited
to file KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of US $25,000,000,00 Million dollars, shared amongst the first One Hundred and thirty (130) lucky winners in this category world-wide.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Afro booklet representative office in
as indicated in your play coupon. In South AFRICA
view of this, your US$1,500,0000.00(ONE MILLION AND FIVE THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS)would be released to you by Amalgamated Bank of South Africa(Absa)Bank of South
Africa(pty) and Barclays Bank of United Kingdom.
Our African Agent (Foreign Service Manager) will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants
were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draws system and extracted from over 30,000,00 companies from Australia,Africa,NewZealand,America,Europe,MiddleEast and Asia as part our International Promotions Program.
This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons and due to the mix up of some numbers and mail address, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is
processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding Agent(Foreign Service Manager) in
immediately you read this message for quick and urgent release of your fund, contact information is as follow: South Africa
Universal Building, 210-211
Park Hurst,Balfour-Unit 1440
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA.
Tel:+27 822 677 998,
Please be informed that all winning must be claimed on or before 20th May 2008.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated agents or us.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program that has successfully won this competition.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery Program.
Dr (Mrs.).Teresa Allan.
United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator.
Mr. Alexandra Davis
zonal Secretary General. United Kingdom
of Republic Representative. South Africa
Thank you for your Co-operation.
***"YOUR CHANCE TO WIN BIG" ***
Mr. Kuash Behler, Our First Quarter Winner of
US$ 800,000.00 from Amsterdam, Hollan
25th May 2007.
Our Second Quarter Winner Mrs. Ali Fatima from Nepal receiving her winning cheque of US$400,000.00 also on the picture is her husband and friends rejoicing with them. May 25th 2007
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* 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 used their safegaurds.
* 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 questioning it.