Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
MERCEDES-BENZ Lottery / UK's Overseas Gambling Board
Diplomatic Service (UDS)"
With names such as (but not limited to): Jefferson Cocker, James
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
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
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:
Sample Mercedes Benz scam email
Mercedes Benz Automobile
Unit 8 Zodiac
UB8 2GU Cowley
Customer Service/Claims Department
Congratulations once again on behalf of the "UK's Overseas Gambling
We do believe that your winnings will be put into good use for community
On Behalf of the Screening Committee of "UK's Overseas Gambling
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.
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
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
to immediately reply to the email address below:
FAX: +44 -
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 !!!
and once again Congratulations on behalf of Staff's and member of the
British Gambling Board International!!
Mr JAMES TERRY
The Mercedes Foundation
© Copyright 1994-2007 The Mercedes National Lottery Inc.
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