Sample Lottery Scam Email:
THE FREE LOTTO COMPANY
Free Lotto International
"The Free Lotto Company" just sent you an email, saying you won
hundreds of thousands of "Great British Pounds"? We have one bit of advice:
don't quick your job just yet. It is a scam. Interestingly, the email
claims they are "the world's most famous free lotto service".. yet you, and no
one you know has ever heard of them... sure... And, they're "proudly sponsored
by the Microsoft Corporation, the Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell Computers,
Mackintosh and a conglomeration of other international IT companies.... to
encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide."
After reading that, if you still believe it is real, then we
must suggest that you are an utter moron. Perhaps your friends and family don't
say it to your face, but to believe this pile of nonsense, you must be.
There's no such thing as a FREE lotto or lottery. Think about
it! Where would their money to give away come from and why? Microsoft?
"to promote use of the internet"? Oh, sure, Bill Gates and Michael Dell
probably lie awake at night worrying how to get people to use the internet. 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 account from Hong Kong
for a lottery that is supposed to be based in England.
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.
THE FREE LOTTO COMPANY <email@example.com> wrote:
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 2007 22:48:26 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [SPAM] WINNING NOTIFICATION
From: "THE FREE LOTTO COMPANY" <
THE FREE LOTTO COMPANY
28 Tanfied Road
Ref No: uk/090/332/FL
Batch No: QWN/87648-34/FL
WINNING NOTIFICATION we happily announce to you the draw of the
Free Lotto International
programs held on the 5th of February, 2007.
Your e-mail address attached to
ticket number: 740 8001310 110 with Serial number 8191/11 drew the
lucky numbers: 61-9-16-64-86-2, which subsequently won you the lottery in
the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,000,000.00(One
million Great British pound sterling) in cash credited.
This is from a total cash prize of £520,000,000 (Five hundred and Two
million pounds sterling) shared amongst the lucky winners in this grand
This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for Free Lottery.
The estimated £237 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in free lotto
history. The biggest was the £363 million jackpot that went to two winners
in a May 2000 drawing of The Big Game Mega Millions’ predecessor.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our United Kingdom
booklet representative office in London as indicated in our play coupon.
In view of this, your £1,000,000.00(One million Great British pound
sterling) would be released to you physically by our affiliate Bank.
Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of
your funds to you as soon as you make contact with him.
All participants were selected
randomly from 'World Wide Web' site through computer draw system and
extracted from over 100,000 companies.
This promotion takes place annually.
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.
To file for your claim please contact our fiduciary agent with the below
details for processing of your claims.
Tell: 0044 701 112 1121
Note that all claims process and clearance procedures must be duly completed
early to avoid impersonation arising to the issue of double claim.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your
reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with us or our designated
All winning must be claimed not later than 14 working days from this
notification, after this time all unclaimed funds will be return to European
Union Treasury as unclaimed.
Be advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claims
has been processed and your money remitted to you.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program.
Mrs. Mary Colton
The Free Lotto Awards is proudly
sponsored by the Microsoft Corporation, the Intel Group, Toshiba, Dell
Computers, Mackintosh and a conglomeration of other international IT
companies. The free lotto internet draw is held quarterly every year
and is so organized to encourage the
use of the internet and computers worldwide. We are proud to say that
over £200 Million Pounds are won annually in more than 150 countries
worldwide. Millions are won on a daily basis on one of
the world's most famous free lotto
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