Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
ACCULOTTO ONLINE INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL LOTTERY
"Roben Gween", "Dr Allan Smith"
Have you received an email from "Roben Gween" at "ACCULOTTO ONLINE INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL LOTTERY" saying you won
their promotion or lottery promo and to contact "Dr Allan Smith" to collect your winnings? It is a scam. And don't get too excited if the names are different; the scammers
make many versions of this scam! See the initial email and follow-up reply from
the scammers below.
It is actually a very simple scam. They claim you won a
promotion, which is giving away millions of dollars based on a randomly selected
email address. The scam is obvious: it's simply preposterous to think that
any company would randomly give away money to encourage you to buy their product. That would be self-defeating.
Although the most important clue is that no legitimate lottery,
and almost no legitimate sweepstakes or promotions will email a winner, there are many other signs that this is a fraud.
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
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.
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.
Using free email account: The scammer is writing to
you from a FREE email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.). Don't you think a real organization
would use its own email, its own domain and website? Wouldn't they want to
Keep Confidential - Real promotions THRIVE on
publicity: that's the purpose of them! They don't want you to keep anything secret - the publicity
causes people to buy their product. 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!"
What are they promoting? No one promotes "world
peace" or "use of the internet" by handing out millions to random strangers.
And if they are promoting a product, then
this must be the world's worst promotion, because no one has heard of it,
outside of the email you just received.
Pay a fee to collect the prize: Nope, it is illegal
for free sweepstakes and promotions to charge you ANYTHING! Of course, in a
scam, that is the whole point: to get you to send money to the scammer.
It is a typical scam promotion sweepstakes winning notification. Also
see these pages:
Sample scam email
CONGRATULATIONS !!YOUR EMAIL WON OUR LOTTERY
We happily announce to you the draw (#103) of the ACCULOTTO ONLINE
INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL LOTTERY held on 17 Feb. 2007. You are among the
people who were selected this year to claim the sum of
$1.100,00(one million one hundred thousand dollars). Your e-mail
serial number: 56475600545 188.You have therefore been approved to
total sum of $1.100,00(one million one hundred thousand
dollars) in cash credited to file KT U/9023118308/03.
NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A TICKET LOTTERY AND THE e-mails addresses of
participants for the online version were selected randomly from
WideWeb sites, Email directories, the email key index server, online
guest books, member directories and a host of other sources where
registered and old emails through computer draw system and extracted
over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are
online.! This promotion takes place yearly. Please note that your
winning number falls within our African booklet representative
Africa In view of this, $1.100,00(one million one hundred thousand
will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Africa.
Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till
claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever
deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary
avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent through
e-mail below with the following information:
Dr Allan Smith
7.Contact Address Or Postal Address
Dr Allan Smith
Roben Gween (Mr.)
The Scammers replied to the victim after she responded to them:
ACCULOTTO ONLINE INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL LOTTERY
1-3 Leinster Gardens, London W2 6DP London
FROM: THE PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR
(PAYMENT AND DESPATCH DEPT.)
Dear Susan Doe,
How are you today?
My name is Mr Allan Smith, (operations manager of Dispatch and
Department) of the ACCULOTTO ONLINE INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL LOTTERY,
and I get
paid to make sure you get your winnings without any problems.
I want to congratulate you because your winnings claims have been
by this office, you have won the sum of$1.100,00(one million one
thousand dollars).As I write to you today your package which
winning certificate, a cheque worth $1.100,00(one million one
thousand dollars) payable to your name and an a four page document
covers money laundering has been taken to the post office to be sent
through the following address:
Elm Street, Clayton, GA 30525
You will receive the package within the next few days and as soon as
done you can take your cheque to any bank of your choice and have
cashed. As part of our operational policy, we try to make everything
for our winners and I do hope that when you get your winnings you
fail to partake in our subsequent ticket lottery programme.
Please do let me know when your package is received and your money
that I in turn can report to the lottery organizers.
I hope to hear from you as soon as your get your package.
Mr Allan Smith
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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