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S.A.2010 World Cup
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Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
S.A. 2010 WORLD  CUP  PROMOTION
"President Nelson Mandela", "MR.OWEN DOUGLAS"

Have you received an email from "President Nelson Mandela" at "S.A. 2010 WORLD  CUP  PROMOTION" saying you won their promotion or lottery promo and to contact "MR.OWEN DOUGLAS" 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 suggest.

  • 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 promote that?

  • 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

From: luckday41@hotmail.com
Subject: ELECTRONIC EMAIL WINNING NOTIFICATION
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2007 15:03:54 +0000

S.A. 2010 WORLD  CUP  PROMOTION 
FIRST  QUATER OF  THE YEAR 2007
YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE
 
COMPUTER PROMOTIONAL DRAW
 
THIS MESSAGE IS  FROM  THE PROMOTION MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
 
UNIVERSAL CROSSING SA
 
YOU HAVE WON ON THE COMPUTER BALLOT,
 
 THE SUM OF $2,100,000.00
 
PLEASE CONTACT
 
 
YOUR CLAIM AGENT.
 
FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE PAYMENT
 
CALL HIS PHONE NO. + 27-73 028 6645,
(S.A. 2010 PROMOTIONAL LOTTERY)
 
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION
 
 
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made confirming you as one of the winners in our  S.A. 2010 promotion draws.
 
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
 
Note that your email address qualified for the draw, as a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number (7017-4162-1018), with serial number (MH4710019) drew the lucky numbers  80, 35, 11, 72, 90, 41 and Bonus number 1 and consequently YOU HAVE won in the Second Category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$2,100,000.00 (Two Million One Hundred United State Dollars) in cash, which is the winning payout for Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of (US$200,000,000.00) shared among the 200  international winners in the Second category. CONGRATULATIONS!
 
To file for your claim, please contact the Zonal Co ordinator  immediately for verifications of your winning,  for quick and urgent release of your fund, his conatct information is as follow.!!!
 
MR.OWEN DOUGLAS
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER, 
UNIVERSAL BUILDING.210-211 
PARK HURST , GAUTENG 2001 
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA
TEL+27 73 028 6645
 
 
FLASH FORTUNE LOTTO PROGRAM IS A BONUS FOR THE WHOLE WORLD FOR THE 2010 SOCCER WORLD
 
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
 
Sincerely,
signed: President Nelson Mandela (chairman)
Molefi OLIPHANT (President)
Chief Operations Officer
Albert MOKOENA
Chief Executive Officer
Danny JORDAAN. ,
 
              UNIVERSAL LOTTERY SA
GOES INTERNATIONAL
AS THE 2010
WORLD CUP
WILL BE HOSTED BY
SOUTH AFRICA


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