Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
Shell Lottery Promo
"Jeroen van der Veer", "Harrison Cox"
Have you received an email from "Jeroen van der Veer" at "Shell Lottery Promo" saying you won
their promotion or lottery promo and to contact "Harrison Cox" to collect your winnings? It is a scam. Don't get too excited if the names are different; the scammers
make many versions of this scam! And don't be impressed by the bright colors and
photos; anyone can cut and paste photos and use bright colors; it doesn't add
any legitimacy. The line about "10% of your claim will go for the tsunami
victims" is odd, at best. If they are your winnings, YOU decide what to do
with the money. Shell, or any promoter or lottery can donate their own
money however they please. This is merely an attempt by scammers to use a
"red herring" to confuse the victim and give it an appearance of altruism. Just
like with religious fanatics, those that yell the loudest about values are
usually the worst at living them!
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
From: SHELL UK PROMO < email@example.com > wrote:
Shell Lottery Promo
Shell Center London,
NOTIFICATION OF YOUR WINNING
We happily announce to you the
draw (#951) of the Shell
Lottery Promo, online Shell program held on 5th of march
2007. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:
56475600545 188 with Serial
number 5368/02 drew the
lucky numbers: 02-19-28-33-44-49
(bonus no.21), which subsequently won you the lottery
JACKPOT category i.e match 6. You have therefore been
approved to claim a total sum of $1,100.000.00 (One
million one hundred thousand dollars only) in cash
credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of 2,800,000.00 shared
amongst four (4) lucky winners in this category.
All participants for the online version were selected
randomly from World Wide Web sites through Ballot draw
system and extracted from over 100,000 unions,
associations, and corporate bodies that are listed
online. This promotion takes place weekly.
Note that 10% of your claim will
go for the tsunami victims. Please note that your lucky
winning number falls within our African booklet
representative office in Africa as indicated in your
play coupon. In view of this, your $1,100.000.00 (One
million one hundred thousand dollars only) would be
released to you by any of our payment offices. Our
agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you
contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to
keep your winning information confidential till your
claims is processed and your money remitted to you in
whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This
is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.
To file for your claim. please
contact Your fiduciary agent.
Name: Harrison Cox. (Shell Fund.
Note: All claims must be made
before the 30th of March 2007.
Mr Jeroen van der Veer
Good luck &
The Shell Lottery Promo.
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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