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Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
Mother Theresa Random Promotions
Ketty Wood, Alex Cole

Wow!  Now, Mother Theresa Random Promotions is giving away huge amounts of money and you don't need to be needy or poor to receive it! ANYONE who has an email address could win.  If that sounds likely to you, you must get scammed every day.  It's a fraud. In fact, this one is SO preposterous, we suspect the scammers are just sending it out to see who is stupid enough to believe it and reply.

This is 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 a charity would randomly give away money to encourage you to buy to give that money to charities. That would be self-defeating.

There are many signs that this is a fraud, 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 suggest.

  • Terrible spelling, punctuation 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 can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to be "22nd".

  • Using free email account: The scammer is writing to you from a FREE email account.  Don't you think a real organization would use its own email, its own domain and website?

  • What are they promoting?  No one promotes "world peace" or "use of the internet" by handing out millions to random strangers.  That's just stupid to believe. 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.  

And a legitimate lottery certainly would not use free hotmail, yahoo, elitist, or aim email accounts.

Notice the gibberish writing, excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, lack of decent punctuation and other clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter; keep confidential, selected by a random computer lottery of email addresses, use of free email accounts rather than a domain and website that matches the lottery name, etc.

It is a typical scam sweepstakes winning notification. Also see these pages:


Sample scam email

KEMPERING STREET 29,
CAMBERWELL-LONDON ENGLAND.

Our Ref: CSF/TGD /FEBRUARY. /07
Your ReF:

Dear Sir/Madam,

MOTHER THERESA RANDOM PROMOTIONS

We are pleased to inform you of the result of our computer random selection for the Mother Theresa International Game held on 26th February, 2007 which is part of our promotional draws in remembrance of the late MOTHER THERESA (PEACE MAKER, PIONEER AND LEGEND OF OUR TIME).

Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names/email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa,America,Asia,Australia, Canada, Europe, MiddleEast, and New Zealand as part of our International Promotions Program.

Your Email address attached to Seria number MT-CB7853627, With batch number R3/A3/US125 drew the luckystar number, which consequently won the draw ,You have been approved for the star prize of Five Hundred Thousand gbp(500,000 pounds).

Please endeavor to donate not less than 10% of your winning to any internationally recognized charity homes closer to you so that a lot of the less privilege once can feel our contribution and remembrance of THE LATE LEGEND (MOTHER THERESA).

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you receive your lump prize in your account. This is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people that you may tell.

You are advised to fill this form properly for immediate processing of your prize.

NAME:.....................................

AGE:........................................

SEX:........................................

ADDRESS:...............................

EMAIL:....................................

valid PHONE:...................................

OCCUPATION:.........................

COMPANY:..............................

COUNTRY:...............................

Overseas Claims Unit

Mother Theresa Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Mr.ALEX COLE.
Email: mralex_coleclaimsagent3@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: +44-704-570-3585

All prizes must be claimed within two weeks.

NOTE: If you are under the age of 18, you are automatically disqualified for this star prize.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs.Ketty Wood.

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.

 

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