Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
the Australian Lottery
"Dr Arnold Jammie", "MRS ALICE HENRY"
Have you received an email from "Dr Arnold Jammie" at "the Australian Lottery" saying you won
their promotion or lottery promo and to contact "MRS ALICE HENRY" 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! be sure to also
see the form they
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 give money away randomly to encourage you to buy their product. That would be
pointless and 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 or
a lottery, then
this must be the world's worst promotion, because no one has heard of it,
outside of the email you just received. Just giving away money to
random people who have an email address wouldn't promote a darn thing! It is
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 emails
you once again for winning the Australian Lottery.
All participants in this
lottery program were selected randomly through a computer ballot system,
drawn from 85.000.000 individual email addresses from all registered e-mail address.
Your e-mail address was picked by the automated computer ballot
system, which was programed for this random selection.This random selection
has eventually qualified you for this years Annual Australian lottery
programme takes place annually,and is being
promoted and sponsored by
eminent personalities like, Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc,Australian prime minister John Haward.With the support of other European
corporate companies and organizations
to encourage the use of Internet and
computers systems worldwide.
Attached to these email
is a winners application form which you are required to fill and return back
to us by scanning with a copy of your government issued identity,to enable
us identify you as the real winner and commence with the processing of your
winning prize fund.Also attached is my ID card for your reference.Should you
have any information please contact me at the Australian Lottery Customer
Dr Arnold Jammie
Claim agent Australian
and this one:
WE CONGRATULATE YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR BEEN PART OF OUR THIS
YEARS AUSTRALIAN ONLINE LOTTERY PROMOTIONS WHICH HAVE
QUALIFIED YOU AS A WINNER OF (900,000)NINE HUNDRED
STATES DOLLARS,THIS INTERNET BALLOT RANDOM SELECTION WAS CONDUCTED
FROM ALL REGISTERED EMAIL ADDRESSES WORLD WIDE.
YOU ARE TO CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT AT THE LOTTERY
CENTRE IN OUR REGIONAL BRANCH IN AFRICA WHERE YOUR WINNING NUMBER
FALLED,DR ARNOLD JAMMIE VIA EMAIL (
FOR THE PROCESSING AND TRANSFER OF YOUR WINNING PRIZE FUND.
MRS ALICE HENRY
EXECUTIVE AUSTRALIAN LOTTO LOTTERY INC.
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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