Lottery Scam Email:
Global Mega Lottery (Pty) London
"Mr. Adam Smith", "Mr. Simon Peterson"
Have you received an email from "Mr. Adam Smith" at "Global Mega Lottery (Pty) London" telling you that "your
email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to
contact "Mr. Simon Peterson" to collect your winnings? It is a
scam. No legitimate, legal lottery notifies winners via email (see footnote) The scammers may
change the names and details, but it is still a scam!
Below is another example of a fake lottery; this email claims to
be from the "Global Mega Lottery (Pty) London".
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!
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!):
GLOBAL MEGA LOTTERY (PTY)
From: Mr. Adam Smith.
Global Mega Lottery (Pty) London.
Headquarters: No: 11 Vits Street Opp
Customer Service: 580 NCA 85914
We happily announce to you the
computer draw of the Global Mega
Lottery (Pty) International programs
held on the 4th Feb 2007 in United
Your e-mail address attached
to ticket number: 100-309-7482 with!
Serial number 513-10 drew the
winning: 2,9,22,23,24,30,+5, which
subsequently won you the lottery in
the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to
claim a total sum of US$1,950,000.00
(One Million Nine Hundred and Fifty
Thousand United States Dollars) in
cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02.This
is from a total cash prize of US
$13,650,000.00 Million dollars,
shared amongst the Seven
luckywinners in the second category
world-wide. Please note that your
lucky winning number falls within
our Afro booklet representative
office in Africa as indicated in
your play coupon. In view of this,
your US$1,950,000.00 (One Million
Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand
United States Dollars) would be
released to you by First
National Bank South Africa.
Our African agent will immediately
commence the process to facilitate
the release of your funds as soon as
you contact him.
were selected randomly from World
Wide Web site through computer draws
system and extracted from over
10,000,00 companies. This promotion
takes place annually.
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 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 in South Africa immediately
you read this message for quick and
urgent release of your fund,
contact information is as follows: -
Please be informed that you must
contact your claim agent in South
Africa on or before 4th March
2007. 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
Mr. Adam Smith.
United Kingdom Zonal Co-coordinator.
Sweepstakes International Program.
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