Lottery Scams - Reply from
the Scammers at:
MasterCard/ Microsoft International Mega Jackpot
"Mr.Rivera Maquel ", "SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS"
If you replied to the MasterCard/ Microsoft International Mega Jackpot lottery / promo scam email you can
expect to receive another email like the one below from "Mr.Rivera Maquel " at "SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS"
telling you that that you must pay "hardcover insurance policy", "delivery
fees", "taxes", etc. Of course, that is all nonsense. Real lotteries are
prohibited by law in most countries from charging winners these fees. Some of
this is simply made up: there is no such thing as a "hardcover insurance policy"
- go ahead, search on that term in Google and see if you can find a single
definition. Similarly, the references to specific laws and regulations are
either completely made up, or taken completely out of context.
The simple fact you must somehow grasp is no legitimate
lottery will ever email a winner, nor require a winner to pay any fees, taxes or
delivery charges. 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:
NO LOTTERY ANYWHERE REQUIRES WINNERS TO PAY FEES,
TAXES OR OTHER CHARGES TO COLLECT THEIR WINNINGS!!! Can we say it any
more plainly than that?
Pigeon English - Notice that as the scammer gets past
the initial template email and must write free-form, how his grammar,
spelling and basic sentence structure go straight in the toilet. The
scammers don't even know how to use spell checkers. After all, this is
a stupid, low-life criminal in the heart of Africa, who probably dropped out
of school at age 5 to join a gang or militia. Obviously, 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 its own email, its 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!"
Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification.
Actual scam reply email (One example - the scammers constantly change
names, dates and addresses!):
From: Microsoft Promotion Manager [
Subject: MasterCard/ Microsoft(Payment Approval Contact Skynet Courier For
MasterCard / Microsoft INTERNATIONAL MEGA JACKPOT
Bradford City Centre
7 hustlergate bradford,
MICROSOFT OFFICE, UNITED
DIRECTOR; MR. ASHLEY
This is to inform you that you have been cleared/approved payment as one of
winners of the MasterCard/ Microsoft International Mega Jackpot. I Mr.
Rivera Maquel the Promotion Manager of the MasterCard/Microsoft
International Mega Jackpot is happy to inform you that the original copy of
winning certificate/certified bank check of (Five Hundred Thousand Great
Britain Pounds) has been registered and fowarded to the Skynet courier
company for delivery.Find below the details of the courier company.
SKYNET WORLDWIDE EXPRESS
704 570 7882
704 571 4310
Kindly fill this form below and contact the Courier Company above via
Email/Phone for the 24hours delivery of your winnings.
PARCEL REGISTRATION NO:
CONTACT ADDRESS: _______________
POSTAL CODE: _______________
CELL PHONE _______________
1.The delivery charges are to be covered by Winners and cannot be deducted
from their Winnings.
2.Quote your complete names,winning amount and your direct cell/home phone
number so that they can honour your request.
Congratulations once more from members and staffs of the MasterCard /
Microsoft INTERNATIONAL MEGA JACKPOT.
MasterCard/ Microsoft Mega Jackpot.
THIS E-MAIL IS CONFIDENTIAL.
If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify us by return e-mail
and delete the document. If you are not the intended recipient you are
hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or taking any
action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly
prohibited and may be unlawful. MasterCard / Microsoft INTERNATIONAL MEGA
JACKPOT is not liable for the proper and complete transmission of the
information contained in this communication or for any delay in its receipt.
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