Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
TRIPPLE WINS INTERNATIONAL GAMES
Mrs. Cherry Rings"
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
any company would randomly give away money. Promotions are specific and
tied to their products or services. In this scam, you can't even figure
out what that product would be!
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
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. In this case, they don't
even say what they are promoting... which means they aren't promoting
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
From: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS <
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2007 4:13:43 PM
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOU JUST EMERGED A WINNER IN OUR FEBRUARY DRAWS OF 15MI
2007 WINNING NOTICE
FROM: THELOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
RESULTS FOR FEBRUARY 2007 CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of The
Category "A" draws of TRIPPLE WINS INTERNATIONAL GAMES. We are happy to
inform you that you have emerged a winner under FEBRUARY LUCKY DRAWS First
Category, which is part of our promotional draws.
The draws were held prior to your notification.
Participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn from 4,000,000names/email addresses of
individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada,
Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our International Promotions
You/Your Company, attached to ticket number IL252/03/78 with serial number
IL25278NL drew the lucky numbers 8, 11, 14, 19, 25, (3), (5), and
consequently won in the Category "A. You have therefore been awarded a lump
sum pay out Fifteen Million Euros (15,000,000.00) in cash, which is the
winning payout for Category “winners.
Please contact the claims agent email address below as soon as possible
for the processing of your prize money. For due processing and remittance of
your prize money to a designated account of your choice.
NOTE: For easy reference and identification find below your reference
Note that you are to forward this email to the Mrs. Cherry Rings (Claims
Agent) for your prize claim processing. REFERENCE NUMBER: JU/03/357856256/NL
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part
of our promotions program.
FINANCIAL UNIT DIRECTOR/CONTROLLER
FIRST SECURITIES AND TRIPPLE WINS INTERNATIONAL GAMES,
UNITED KINGDOM BEDFORD HILL,
BALLAM SW 12
Claims Agent Contact
Mrs. Cherry Rings
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS:
Phone number: +44-702-406-0325
NOTE: The scammers also use this email address:
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