Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
If you received an email from "Walter Jones" of Surf Lottery International", you might look at the email more carefully. Notice that "Albert's" email address is a free German Yahoo account, while his phone number is in the Netherlands. That's just the start of many typical scammer errors. And of course it is simply not possible to win by having an email address in an "automated computer ballot"... because no such thing exists. AN NO company, anywhere on this planet, is going to give away money randomly. It's just plain stupid to believe that premise.
Notice the gibberish writing, excessive use of CAPITAL letters, etc. Note the other clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter; selected by a random computer lottery of email addresses, use of free hotmail/yahoo email accounts, etc. Also , notice the similarity to this scam email.
From: "Lucky Winner" < email@example.com >
From: surf123 < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Sent: Friday, March 2, 2007 3:58:16 AM
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS DEAR LOTTERY WINNER!!!
SURF LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PRIZE/PROMOTION AWARD DEPT.
Attn Lucky Winner,
WINNING NOTIFICATION FOR CATEGORY 'A' WINNER ONLY
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the last final annual draw of our Lottery International Programs.
The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. No tickets were sold.
After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as a winner in the category "A" with the following numbers attached Ref Number: PW 9590 ES 9414,Batch Number: 573881545-NL/2007 and Ticket Number: PP 3502 /8707-01
You are therefore to receive a cash prize of $2,500,000.00. (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from the total payout CONGRATULATIONS!!!. Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report.
To file in for the processing of your prize winnings, you are advised to contact our Certified and Accredited claims agent for category 'A' winners with the information below:
MR. ALBERT COPPENS
Tel:+31-616 937 546
You are advice to provide him with the following information:
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days, thereafter unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Thank you and congratulations!!!