Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
You received a letter from UK's Overseas Gambling Board saying you won the Mercedes Benz Lottery? If you don't recognize this immediately as a scam, you must get scammed every day. It's just a scam. Obviously, Mercedes Benz is in the automobile business, not running lotteries. And what sense is there to a "UK Overseas Gambling Board" ?
This is a very simple scam. They claim you won a promotion, which is giving away millions of dollars based on a randomly selected email address. The scam is obvious: it's simply preposterous to think that any company would randomly give away money to encourage you to buy lottery tickets. That would be self-defeating.
There are many signs that this is a fraud, 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 suggest.
Terrible spelling, punctuation 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 random CapItaLiZAtion and can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to be "22nd".
Using free email account: The scammer is writing to you from a FREE email account. Don't you think a real organization would use its own email, its own domain and website?
What are they promoting? No one promotes "world peace" or "use of the internet" by handing out millions to random strangers. That's just stupid to believe. And if they are promoting a product, then this must be the world's worst promotion, because no one has heard of it, outside of the email you just received.
And a legitimate lottery certainly would not use free hotmail, yahoo, elitist, or aim email accounts.
Notice the gibberish writing, excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, lack of decent punctuation and 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 rather than a domain and website that matches the lottery name, etc.
It is a typical scam sweepstakes winning notification. Also see these pages:
Mercedes Benz Automobile
Unit 8 Zodiac Park
UB8 2GU Cowley
Customer Service/Claims Department
ATTN: YOUR NAME,
Congratulations once again on behalf of the "UK's Overseas Gambling Board. We do believe that your winnings will be put into good use for community development.
On Behalf of the Screening Committee of "UK's Overseas Gambling Board I wish to formally announce to you that you have successfully passed the Email Screening and Verification Form Matching Test conducted for all on-line winners of your Category at the headquarters of the "UK's Overseas Gambling Board. Hence you are therefore CLEARED and can now claim your winnings.
You can now contact our affiliated courier firm (Universal Diplomatic Service) for the delivery of your winning package to you with your data's as earlier provided to this office for verification/confirmation of Original Ownership. We shall forward your package to Universal Diplomatic Service immediately ,hence your package will be in the custody of Universal Diplomatic Service(UDS). We have contacted the management of UDS and all necessary arrangements will be made on your behalf. Hence you are required to Contact the dispatch manager of Universal Diplomatic Service with your personal data for verification with the data we provide them, via the email address below so that your winning package can be delivered to you in due time and to avoid double claims as that can make you forfeit your winning.
You are to immediately reply to the email address below:
Tel: +44 (7)-045-756982
FAX: +44 - (7)-7515-3871
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your package 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. Please be warned !!!
Thanks and once again Congratulations on behalf of Staff's and member of the British Gambling Board International!!
Mr JAMES TERRY
The Mercedes Foundation
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