Lottery Scam Email:
SHELL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
"Mrs Elizerbeth Walters", "Mr. Trevor Blair"
Have you received an email from "Mrs Elizerbeth Walters" at "SHELL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL" telling you that "your
email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to
contact "Mr. Trevor Blair" 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! For pities sake, they
can't even spell "Elizabeth" correctly! They tell you to contact
Nat West Bank... at a Yahoo account! How anyone would fall for this
scam is beyond us. The quote from "Back to the Future", "Hello, McFly? Is anyone
home?" comes to mind.
Below is another example of a fake lottery; this email claims to
be from the "SHELL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL".
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!):
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 18:48:59 +0000 (GMT)
From: "Mrs Elizerbeth Walters" <
Subject: CONTACT OUR PAYING BANK
SHELL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER.
Dear Rachel Smith.
Compliment of the day to you,
Congratulations once again from all the staff here. I am in receipt of
your mail and I must say that you should count yourself extremely lucky to
have emerged as one of our winners in this year lucky dip sweepstakes. As
you already know your email address was randomly selected along with others
from over 125,000 website on the internet of which your email address (************)
was attached to file XYL/26510460037/04, and it was selected along with
others as winners. I have finally verified your winnings and it's exactly
with what is present on our Database. Your particulars have been documented
for record purposes.
We have Tranfer your winning funds to the NATWEST BANK PLC LONDON. You
are to contact them immediately for instructions on how to transfer your
funds to any account you nominate. A domiciliary account will be set up at
NATWEST BANK PLC LONDON. in your name and the bank is presently expecting
your contact before they can proceed. They will provide you with online
access to your account as soon as you get in touch with them. Contact them
with the details below:
NATWEST BANK PLC LONDON.
Mr. Trevor Blair,
International funds transfer department.
You will be expected to provide them with some form of identification and
your phone numbers specimen for their record purposes. They will require
your Details for them to effect any transfers from your account,
i want you
to adhere to all instruction to aviod
Get back to me when they respond to you.
Mrs Elizerbeth Walters.
Claims Agent(Uk Online Promo Programme).
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