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Have you received an email from "Tim Heinz" at "TOSHIBA ONLINE LOTTERY" telling you that "your email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to contact "Scott Bill" to collect your winnings? It is a scam. No legitimate, legal lottery notifies winners vian 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 "TOSHIBA ONLINE LOTTERY".
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. We have 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 suggest.
"No tickets were sold": You care to explain where the money comes from? Perhaps the lottery money fairy? Why would a lottery give away money to "email address randomly selected by a computer ballot draw system"? This is CLEARLY nonsense: you MUST, repeat MUST buy a ticket to have a chance of winning any lottery!
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. Names are usually in all capital letters for some reason known only to these illiterate criminals. 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.
TOSHIBA ONLINE LOTTERY
TOSHIBA WHEEL E-GAME 2008
Winning Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) ================================
Attn: Georgiev Boshov
CLAIMS PROCESS COMPLETED
In regards to your pending claim processing, your prize-winning certificate had been endorsed by The United Kingdom Gaming Board. We have forwarded for courier delivery the following items,
1.A Cashier Cheque of cash value ************* Great Britain Pounds (Issued for claims by only your Name) 2.A Brand New 2007 Toshiba Satellite Laptop 3.Toshiba Winning Certificate And 4. A Letter Of Guarantee
The Toshiba Wheel E -Games has officially approved the "INTER-EURO CARRIER" an International courier company to carryout direct delivery of your winnings to your address.
The courier contact are issued below:
HANDLING AGENT: Mr. Scott Bill.
OCEANIC WORLDWIDE COURIER DELIVERY INTERNATIONAL.
84 OLD BAKER STREET,
London WC1A 1BS
You are hereby advised to make direct contact with the above courier company, for further processes and to facilitate the immediate delivery approval of your consolation cash prize.
PLEASE NOTE: NON-RESIDENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE TO BORNE EXPENSES FOR THEIR COURIER DELIVERY.For further correspondenceand with due certification, please update this office with your current status for subsequent development in regards to this pending claim exercise. Congratulation once again,
Mr. TIM HEINZ
TOSHIBA WHEEL E-GAMES
* 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 safegaurds.
* 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 not be questioning it.