Lottery Scam Email:
"FreeLotto Member Services"
Have you received an email from "FreeLotto Member Services" at "FreeLotto.com"
telling you that "your email address won in the second category" or something
similar? It is a scam.
Apparently, there IS a legal
"FreeLotto" that has a paid
subscription auto-entry called "F.A.S.T." but this email is a separate scam.
And just because 'Freelotto" may be legal does NOT mean we are endorsing it.
WE DEFINITELY DO NOT RECOMMEND FREELOTTO.COM.
Below is another example of a fake lottery; this email claims to
be from the "FreeLotto.com".
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!):
March 20, 2007 6:42:36 PM PDT
doe, john Your Immediate Attention Requested - Reply by
Dear john doe,
You are receiving this message because you joined
FreeLotto on 2006-10-06 15:28:59, from IP Address
188.8.131.52. When you registered you agreed to
receive messages from FreeLotto. FreeLotto NEVER
sends JUNK or SPAM messages. We never send mail to
anyone unless they requested it when they
registered. If you somehow didn't understand that
you were agreeing to receive messages from us at the
time you joined PLEASE
CLICK HERE TO BE PERMANENTLY REMOVED FROM OUR
LIST. In doing so you will also cancel your
FreeLotto membership and you will no longer be
eligible to play FreeLotto or receive up to
$11,000,000.00 in daily prizes. We regret any
FreeLotto Member Services
Our affordable F.A.S.T. service provides you
the convenience of automatic FreeLotto play. As always,
FreeLotto is free to play.
Click here to play FreeLotto now.
To read the FreeLotto Rules click here:
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click here to unsubscribe from this offer type.
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Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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