Have you received an email from "MRS. THULI MATHISHELA" at "Mandela Electronic Lottery SA" telling you that "your
email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to
contact "DR.JOHN W. MARAWA" to collect your winnings? Why would a
doctor be working as a lottery claims agent? The answer is, because a scammer
with a third grade education, thinks that looks impressive.
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 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 "Mandela Electronic Lottery SA".
MANDELA ELECTRONIC LOTTERY SA.
#73 NELSON MANDELA DRIVE,PRETORIA
EAST,PRETORIA 0002-SOUTH AFRICA.
FROM THE DIRECTOR,PRIZE AWARD
SERIAL NUMBERS:215-18 DRAW.
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION.
Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to inform you from MANDELA ELECTRONIC
LOTTERY SA. Of the announcement today 20TH April 2008 as one of the lucky
winners of The MANDELA ELECTRONIC LOTTERY SA. Draws held on the 17th of April
2008 as part of our e-business promotional draws end. Participants in the draws
were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email
addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia,
Europe, and Middle East, as part of our electronic Business Promotions Program.
You qualified for the draw as a result of your visiting various websites we are
running the Electronic-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address,
attached with REFERENCE
NUMBER: MEL-PD23-711W-9, BATCH NUMBER: 46-184-WAN with
215-18 drew the lucky numbers: 06, 13, and 26,33,43,46.
And consequently won the February 2008 draw. You have therefore been approved
for a lump sum pay out of US$1,500,000.00 in cash, which is the winning payout
for First category winners. This is from the total prize money of
US$10,500,000.00 shared among the seven winners in the First category.
Your winnings should be claimed from our paying Agents.
LIMITED) As we have notified them. Due to the mix that
may arise from emails of winners and numbers we ask that you keep this award
strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money
remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming
or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part of
your prize, you will participate in our third quarter of year (2008) high stakes
US$1.1 billion International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact our
paying agent who also will be your claim agent immediately:
DR.JOHN W. MARAWA.
MANAGER BROKERAGE SERVICE.
(JOMO FINANCE LIMITED).
For due processing and remittance of your prize money,
remember you must contact your claim agent not later than 15th of May 2008 after
this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. NOTE: In order to avoid
unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference
and batch numbers provided below in every one of your correspondences with your
claims agent. REFERENCE NUMBER:
MEL-PD23-711W-9, BATCH NUMBER: 46-184-WAN.
Also to begin your Claim sends to your claims agent the
following information by email.
1) YOUR BATCH AND
2) AMOUNT WON.
3) YOUR FULL NAME.
4) YOUR ADDRESS.
5) A COPY OF YOUR ID (PASSPORT OR DRIVERS
6) CONTACT DETAILS, (MOBILE PHONE NUMBER AND FAX
7) SERIAL NUMBERS.
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank
you for being part of our promotions program.
MRS. THULI MATHISHELA.
(GAMING BOARD DIRECTOR)
NO73 NELSON MANDELA DRIVE,
PRETORIA EAST, PRETORIA
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the
winners will result to disqualification.
* 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