Tuesday, December 16, 2003

International Lottery Scam

Got an e-mail today that proclaimed me the winner of an international lottery I don't remember entering. There is a phone number that I can call and find out how to claim my winnings. Of course, a quick search of snopes.com reveals this to be a fraud.

If a person calls to find out how to obtain their "winnings" they are told to give them their bank account number, and then wire them, the scammers, the handling fees quickly, so they, the scammer, may wire the winnings directly into their account. You can read more about it here.

I've also included what the e-mail looks like below so you know what to avoid...
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 20:43:44 GMT
From: stevemore100@netscape.net
Subject: [Scanned by SpamNet] AWARD NOTIFICATION.



It is our pleasure to inform you that you have emerged as a Category "C" winner of the international Lotto Netherland. CONGRATULATIONS! You are entitled to a
prize sum of 1,500,000.00 Euros. Reference number for your prize is IL/FLW/12-C572392379 , ticket number A/03-4912.

As a category "C" winner, you have been selected from a total number of 25,000 names drawn from Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and America. After the computer ballot of our International Promotions Program, only Three winners emerged in this category and therefore are to receive payouts of 1,500,000.00 Euros from the total 15,000,000.00 Euros for First category winners.
To immediately collect your prize, please contact our Category "C" financial handlers with information below:

Mr Raymomd Williams
Financial Director
Global Security and Finance Company BV
Tel/Fax: 31-625 221 322

Provide prize reference number IL/FLW/12-C572392379 and winning ticket number-A/03-4912 for confirmation. In your best interests, you must initiate contact within one week of receipt of this correspondence.Global security and finance company BV will handle all financial matters with regards to claiming your prize. You are also advised to send a copy of this email,either by fax or email,to your financial handler Mr Rarmond Williams,when contacting him.

You are to keep all lotto information from the public as we will not entertain cases of multiple claims processing or compromise the privacy and
security for all winners.

Other necessary International Lotto Netherland information are:

Draw 1 number: 01-11417
Draw 2 number: 02-7962
Draw 3 number: 03-4365
International Lottery code no: IL56009

You may be required to provide any of the above
information during the process of collecting your

Please be informed that NON RESIDENCE of THE NETHERLANDS will be required to make a NON DEDUCTABLE advance payment of processment and legal documentation charges of 2.200.00 Euros to enable our legal department acquire Naturalization papers from the Court prior to award payment policy as required by the paying Financial Securiry Company.

We congratulate you once again and it is our hope that you participate in any of our international programs in the nearest future.
Thank you.


Steve More
Promotions Manager
International Lotto Netherlands.
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