Sample Lottery Scam Email:
AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC.
Australian Lottery Bonanza
Below is yet another example of a fake lottery, this one
using the name "AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC"
and/or Australian Lottery Bonanza. Take your pick. Most of the
time, the scammers like to include two different names for the lottery, or two
variations of the name. Similarly, they often have two different contact
names. Why, we do not know. Maybe in Nigerian culture, it makes the
email more believable; to us, the lack of consistency is the opposite.
There are many signs that this is a fraud, not the least
of which is that no legitimate lottery uses email to notify its winners! This
email is also very similar to
another scam also called the Australia Lotto Lottery Inc.
The victim said that the scammers asked for her full name, bank
account information, etc. She gave them this information (which she should not)
and then received an email from them asking her to send them $750.00 for some legal purposes to get
the winnings. This is the typical scenario.
In addition to the usual clues, notice the gibberish writing,
excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, lack of decent punctuation.
The sentences don't even make sense. Hardly what a professional (i.e., real)
lottery would do. Note the 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, etc.
Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification.
Also see this page for a sample in the UK.
Winning No: GB8701/LPRC
Australian Lottery Bonanza
The Lucky Winner
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release on the 5th of February
2007 from the Australian International Lottery programme. Which is
on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses. Your name was
attached to ticket number; 575061725 8056490902 serial number 6741137002 This
batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 bonus number 17,which
consequently won the lottery in the second category. You here by have been
approved a lump sum pay of US$300,000.00 (THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES
DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 47509/02 from the total cash prize
shared amongst eight lucky winners in this category. All participant were
selected through a computer balloting system drawn form Nine hundred thousand
E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia,United States, Asia, Europe, Middle
East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which
is conducted annually. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomorate
of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the
citizens in the commmunities where they have operational base.
Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our European
representative office in Amsterdam, Holland, as indicated in your play coupon and
your prize of US$300,000.00 will be released to you from this regional branch
office in AFRICA. We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our
end of the year high stakes for US$1.3 Billion international draw.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE:
Simply contact our fiducial agent, JESSIE HELEN at
firstname.lastname@example.org to file for your claim.
Please quote your reference, batch and winning number which can be found on
the top left corner of this notification as well as your full name, address and
telephone number to help locate your file easily. For security reasons, we advice
all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your
claim is processed and your prize released to you. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel.
All winnings MUST be claimed by the 5th of March ,2007; otherwise all funds
will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity. Congratulations
once again on your winning.
PLEASE REPLY THIS EMAIL, CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT AT
Mrs Rosemary Banks (Co-ordinator)
BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF THE WINNERS WILL RESULT TO
MANAGEMENT, AUSTRALIA LOTTO LOTTERY INC.
Past winners round the world with full of
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