You Can't Win If You Didn't Play
Date Added: Oct. 10, 2003
Most of us are ordinarily savvy enough to recognize a scam when we see one, and avoid it like the plague. Unfortunately, however, the ease and relative anonymity of the 'net cause us to go for it, or confront the scammer, thinking we're safe. Think again.
From: Mrs Anna Mac Gregor [mailto:email@example.com]
GLOBAL LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY, THE NETHERLANDS. ALFONSTRAAT B56, 1002 BS AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS.
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, REF: OYL /26510460037/02 BATCH: 24/00319/IPD
ATTENTION: RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement Today, 16 may, of winners of the SUNSWEETWIN PROMO LOTTERY, THE NETHERLANDS/ INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS held on 24th January 2003.
Your company, is attached to ticket number 023-0148-790-459, with serial number 5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43, and Consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay Out of US$2,500.000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO. OYL/25041238013/02. This is from total prize Money Of US$80,400,000.00 shared among the seventeen International winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer Ballot System drawn from 25,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as Part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted Annually.
Your fund is now deposited with a Security company Insured in your name. Due to the mix up of Some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this Award strictly From Public notice until your claim has Been processed and your money remitted to your Account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid Double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants Of This program. We hope with a part of you prize, you will Participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.3Billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim Agent; Mr.JIM BROWN FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER, Vertex Finance Company:firstname.lastname@example.org
For due processing and remittance of your prize Money to a designated account of your choice. Please send down your Telephone and Fax nos.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later Than 40days. After this date, all funds Will Be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and Complications, please remember to quote your Reference and batch numbers in every one of your Correspondences with your agent.
Furthermore, should there be any Change of your address; do inform your claims agent As soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank You for being part of our promotions program.
Mrs Anna Mac Gregor
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER, GLOBAL LOTTO PROMO LOTTERY, THE NETHERLANDS
The above is just one example of a scam in the vein of the Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud scam that has bilked thousands of opportunistic netizens out of millions of dollars. The original scam involved asking the victim for access to his or her bank account in order to transfer millions of ill-gotten dollars, in return for a sizable share of the booty. In this version, the victim is told he or she has won a lottery he or she never entered.
The goal of both versions is the same: to get the victim to start a dialog with the scammer so that he/she/they can coerce, pressure and/or threaten the unlucky bloke into giving them valuable personal and financial information.
Despite the transparent and simple construction of these scam letters, these scammers are organized and ruthless. Once a potential victim responds to their mass-mailed bait, the scammers will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.
While you may be tempted to reply and notify the sender that you suspect they are a scammer or that you have reported them to the authorities, your safest bet is to avoid contact with them at all. Delete the message and any like it.
If you live in the United States and have lost money to these scammers, or feel that you may be at risk because you have replied to them, contact your area's Secret Service Field Office to file a report. Elsewhere, check with local authorities for the organization that handles fraud in your area. Break this chain.
References: Secret Service Field Office