Lottery Scam Email:
ITALIAN SUPERENALOTTO 2007
"Mrs. Elena Giorgio", "Mrs. Adaline Daniela"
Have you received an email from "Mrs. Elena Giorgio" at "ITALIAN SUPERENALOTTO 2007" telling you that "your
email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to
contact "Mrs. Adaline Daniela" 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 "ITALIAN SUPERENALOTTO 2007".
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 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.
Actual scam email (One example - the scammers constantly change
names, dates and addresses!):
Sent: Thursday, March 22, 2007 10:57 AM
Subject: RE: NOTIFICA DEL PREMIO:CONGRATULAZION!!!
We are pleased to inform you of the result of ITALIAN SUPERENALOTTO 2007, which was held on 15th January, 2007. Your e-mail address attached TICKET NUMBER: 27511465896-6410, SERIAL NUMBER: 4204-777, with DREW LUCKY NUMBERS: 5-21-23-34-61-72 that drewn a prize of 1,200,000.00 Euros per winner. This lucky draw came first in the 2nd Category of the Sweepstake.
Please contact your fiduciary agent below for more detailswith the following details
Name: Mrs. Adaline Daniela
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
YOUR SECURITY FILE NUMBER IS W-91237-H67/B4 (keep personal). Remember, your winning must be claimed not later than (ONE MONTH OF NOTIFICATION).
Mrs. Elena Giorgio
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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