Lottery Scams - Reply from
the Scammers at:
the lottery company
"Barrister Richard Zuma"
If you replied to the email from "the lottery company" telling you that "your
email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to
contact "Barrister Richard Zuma" to collect your winnings, you will
probably get one of the emails below back from the scammers. Notice the new name
added to the list.
Although the most important clue is that 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.
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: egm_ progress < email@example.com >
Date Apr 3, 2007 9:43 PM
Subject I Got Your Email From The Lottery Company
Attn: John Smith,
Permit me to introduce myself as Mr. Richard Zuma.Esq, ( Zuma Attorneys) a
South African and legal practitioner based in Johannesburg. This is the
reference of your mail dated 3 April 2007 in regards of the lottery you won
and as you have requested me to do the necessary thing to make
suru that you
receive your money.
I want to use this singular opportunity to re-iterate and reassure you that
this transfer is absolutely safe and there are no atoms of risks involved.
Your safety is highly guaranteed because we have taken care of all the
necessary things required for this transfer immediately you concern to us
your personal banking details which will enable us write a letter of claim
in your favor to the bank. I want to inform you that with your maximum
co-operation, support, assistance and understanding,
Your winning lottery fund will be transfer smoothly and concluded within 10
bank working days from the day The bank commence the transfer processes of
your winning fund after they have received the letter of claim from our
office. For us to commence the immediate processes of writing the letter of
claim in your favor, all that we demand of you right now are the following:
(1) The detailed particulars of your bank account
(s) where you want the
fund transferred. E.G: Your bank name, bank address, bank telephone and fax
numbers, bank telex number, bank swift code or soft code, name of the
account, the account number and name of beneficiary of the account.
(2) Your full names and contact address as is written on your
passport including your private telephone and fax numbers
passport number, confirming that you are the right person.
Immediately all this information are received, I will used the opportunity
to write a letter of claim in your favor to the bank, furnishing the bank
with all the requirement which you have forwarded to us, so that your fund
will be transferred into your account as indicated by you.
This is the proceeding to claim any lottery winnings, kindly provide the
required information that will enable me process your winning fund by
writing a letter of claim in your favor to the bank after receiving the
above information from you.
Finally,I will appreciate you contact me to the following telephone 27 73
233 4208 for more discussion towards this information.
Barrister Richard Zuma.Esq
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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