Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
Belove Internet Lottery Promotions International
"Mrs.JULIET ANDERSON", "Mr.SMITH JAMES"
Have you received an email from "Mrs.JULIET ANDERSON" at "Belove Internet Lottery Promotions International" saying you won
their promotion or lottery promo and to contact "Mr.SMITH JAMES" 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!
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.
There are many other signs that this is a fraud that we have
highlighted 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 random
CapItaLiZAtion and often can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to
be "22nd". These scammers usually write at the 3rd grade level.
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
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
-------------- Forwarded Message: --------------
Subject: WINING NOTIFICATION..........
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 13:48:34 +0000
From: Mrs.JULIET ANDERSON.
Belove Internet Lottery Promotions International.
150 Tooley Street, London SE1 2TZ.Tel: +44-7045-711-522
Hurray! You have been selected as one of the Five lucky winners in the
first edition of the Belove Internet Lottery Promotions International
draw. You have therefore been approved for a huge payout of $1M (one
Million Dollars Only).
How was the selection process done? Winners were randomly selected
from an initial database of 200,000 emails which was eventually
downsized to 5,0 00 from which we eventually selected the final and
lucky Five due to their frequent access to internet services. This
process was drawn to compersate the internet user through the
computerized email balloting system selecting emails from The Middle
East, Asia, Africa, Canada,Europe, USA and South America.
To ensure a smooth collection of your grand prize,you are to contact
our transfer agent by email or telephone within a week of this notice.
Please find full contact details below:
Contact Person: Mr.SMITH JAMES.
Please,remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all
correspondence...Ref. Number:132/756/4509. Batch Number:538901527-Bc68.
Furthermore you are seriously advised to keep your winning lottery
numbers to yourself in line with our company security protocol to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous
individuals. Please do contact your claim agent as instructed above. On
behalf of all our staff in Belove Internet Lottery Promotions
International, accept my Congratulations!
NB:To start the immediate proceeing of your claim please send the
following to your claim agent Mr.SMITH JAMES.(CLAIM AGENT) without
1.Your Complete Full Names.
2.Your Residential Address.
5.Your Telephone Number or Your Mobile Phone Number For Easier
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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