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Sample Promotion Prize Scam Email:
UK Mega Jackpot Lottery Promotion
"Sir. Henry Hills", "Mr. Gregory Carter"

Have you received an email from "Sir. Henry Hills" at "UK Mega Jackpot Lottery Promo" saying you won their promotion or lottery promo and to contact "Mr. Gregory Carter" 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.

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. We have 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 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 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 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: WEB DRAWS < fadiishac@dejazzd.com >
Reply-To: info_ukmegajackpotpromo01@yahoo.co.uk
To: < info@megajackpot.org >
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS (YOUR EMAIL HAS BEEN SELECTED)
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 21:25:12 -0400

 
 
    
 
PROMOTION DEPARTMENT
Globe House 4 Temple Place
London WC2R 2PG
Ref: BT:12052005/21
Batch: 12/25/0034
March 16TH 2007
 
OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of UK mega jackpot promo. This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of 2,000,000 (One Million, Great Britain Pounds) , International programs held in London Uk .
The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public. To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your claims officer through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below:
                    
 

Mr. Gregory Carter,
Globe House 4 Temple Place
London WC2R 2PG
E-mail: info_ukmegajackpotpromo01@yahoo.co.uk


Contact him, Kindly provide him with your Secret pin code (x7pwyz2006), Amount won (2,000, 000 ) and your Reference number (BT:12052005/21).
You are adviced to provide the underlisted claims requirement to the transfer agent.

Claims Requirements:

1.Name in full:--------------------------------------------------------------
2.Address:-------------------------------------------------------------------                                         
3.Nationality:---------------------------------------------------------------
4.Zip:----------------------------
5.Age:----------------------------------------------------------------------- 
6.sex:----------------------------------------------------------------
7.Marital Status:---------------------------------------
8.Occupation:----------------------------------------------------------------
9.Phone/Fax:-----------------------------------------------------------------
10.Present Country:-----------------------------------------------------------
====================================================================================
NOTE: All winnings must be claimed within 14 days from today. After this date all unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake.
Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence with your claims agent.
You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your reference and ticket numbers. (This is important as a
case of double claims will not be entertained).
Members of the affiliate agencies are automatically notallowed to participate in this program.
                                  
*Winner under the age of 18 are automatically disqualified.
*Staff of UK MEGA JACKPOT not to partake in this Lottery Promo.
Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

Yours faithfully,
Sir. Henry Hills
  Online coordinator for UK MEGA JACKPOT PROMO
 
Copyright 2006 UK MEGA JACKPOT Lottery Promotion
All rights reserved. Terms of Service -Guidelines.

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