Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
Royal Spainish Sweepstake Lottery Email Promotional Program
"Wilfred Alberto", "DR.RICHARD ANTONIO"
Have you received an email from "Wilfred Alberto" at
the "Royal Spainish Sweepstake Lottery Email Promotional Program" saying you won
their promotion or lottery promo and to contact "DR.RICHARD ANTONIO" to collect your winnings?
Wouldn't you think they would know how to spell their own name, "Spanish"
correctly? And what is a "sweepstake Lottery Email Promotion"? That's just
plain gibberish! Come on, people, turn your brains on to see these obvious signs
of 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.
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 email
CONSULTANCY AND SECURITIES < INFO@AGROCONSULTANCY.SE >
Subject: E- MAIL TICKET NUMBER 811141925 (2) (7) YOU ARE A WINNER!!!
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 22:19:20 -0400
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
CALLE GRANVIA 32N 1C MADRID SPAIN
AWARD NOTIFICATION FINAL NOTICE
This is to inform you of the release of the Royal
Spainish Sweepstake Lottery
Email Promotional Program held on the 29st December 2006, this result was
initially delayed due to mix up of email addresses, the results were finally
released on the 14th January 2007, and your e-mail attached
to. Ticket number:
811141925 (2) (7) with Serial number: 4888/02, which drew the Lucky numbers:
41-6-76-13-45-8, which consequently won the lottery in the Second category of
the year 2007. You are therefore approved. for a lump sum payout of 1,000,000.00
(ONE MILLION EUROS ONLY) in cash accredited to file reference number: KPC/9080333308/03
this is from atotal cash prize of 19,000,000.00 (NINTEEN MILLION EUROS
ONLY)S hared among the nineteen international winners in this category.
Your fund is now deposited in a security company with your prize money insured
in your e-mail. Due to mix up of some email addresses, we ask that you keep this
award from public notice until your claim has been processed and money remitted
to your account as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming or unwarranted abuse of this program by participants as it has happened
in the past.
Allparticipantswere selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer
draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies,this
Annually. We hope your lucky email address will draw a bigger cash prize in the
next high stake promotion agenda of 30,000,000.00 (THIRTY MILLION EUROS)
To begin your lottery claim, please contact your claim agent,
AGRO CONSULTANCY AND SECURITIES S.L. MADRID SPAIN
DR.RICHARD ANTONIO ( Remittance/foreign operations manager)
Tel: +34 619693930
For due processing and remittance of your winning prize money to designated
account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed.(not later
than 12st April 2007 After this date, this fund will
bereturned to the
MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed fund.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complication,
quote your reference and batch numbers in every
correspondencewith your agent or
us. Furthermore, should there be any change of
yourcontact email address, do
inform your claim agent as soon as possible.
Congratulation once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being
part of our International promotion program. We wish you
continued good fortunes.
Wilfred Alberto (Lottery Director)
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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