I’ve been getting quite a few emails lately telling me how I’ve won one lottery or another and while deleting the last one it suddenly hit me! The reason I’m getting these emails is because there are people out there who obviously fall prey to this sort of stuff and I owe it to them to protect them from the lowlifes who send this crap out. I’m sure most people who get these emails will search online to find out whether or not these emails are legitimate, especially if they never purchased a lottery ticket in the first place.
In order to help those people, I’ve decided to create a new category on this blog called Bullshit Lottery! This category will be specifically for those emails, so that I can highlight to others why each particular email is so full of shit and should be discarded. Let’s look at our first scam lottery ticket email.
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARDS DEPARTMENT AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SWEEP STAKE LOTTERY CORPORATION.
AWARD NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE
We are delighted to inform you of your prize release from the Australian International Lottery Program with the following information:
CONTACT REV.FR.MAYOR BROWN IMMEDIATELY.Your Winning Numbers:…2011/GB8701LPRC
which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses from some sites. Your email address was attached to Ticket Number; 4700172507056490102 and Serial Number 7741134002. This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 5-13-33-37-42 and Bonus Number 17,which consequently won the lottery in the second category.
You hereby have been approved a lump sum pay of USD$1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW47509/09 from the total cash prize shared amongst eight lucky winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from Nine Hundred Thousand E-mail addresses from Canada, Australia, United States, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotion program which is conducted annually.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have an operational base.Furthermore, your details (e-mail address) fall within our European representative office
in Amsterdam,Holland as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of USD $1,000,000.00 will be released to you from this regional office in west Africa Accra Ghana
We hope that with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of the year high stakes for US$1.5 Million international draw. To file for your claim,please contact our director of finance.
TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE CONTACT REG.OFFICE:
REV.FR.MAYOR BROWN. EMAIL YOUR REGIONAL CLAIMS AGENT REV.FR MAYOR BROWN: email@example.com AND firstname.lastname@example.orgCall: +233549529611
Fill the following information and sent to the email address above:REF NO: —————————————————————BATCH NO: —————————————–
FIRST NAME: ————————————————————-LAST NAME: ———————————-
HOME ADDRESS: ————————————————————————————————————
CITY/ZIP CODE: —————————- STATE: ————————— COUNTRY: ———————–
TEL: (home) —————————— TEL: ( cell phone)– ————————FAX:————————
PROFESSION: —————————————————— POSITION: ——————————————-
DATE OF BIRTH: ——————————— SEX: ———————MARITAL STATUS: ———————-
NATIONALITY:————————————-to file for your claim,Please quote your Date of draw, Reference Number, Batch Number and Winning Number, which can be found on the top-left corner of this message. Also, you should give in your telephone number to help locate your file easily.For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize has been released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participant or unofficial personnel.Note, all winnings MUST be claimed  days in receipt of the message, otherwise all funds will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity.
Congratulations once again on your winning!ALSO ENSURE YOU TYPE THE EMAIL ADDRESS CORRECTLY TO ENSURE SAFE & QUICK MAIL DELIVERY/RESPONSE. ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION.Best Regards.EN GR.FERDINAND CHARLES,(CO-ORDINATOR0MRS MARY WILFRED,(SUPERINTENDENT)
SIR RICHSON MORGAN,(DIRECTOR)
CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT VIAEmail: email@example.com
CALL REV.FR.MAYOR BROWN Tel:+233549529611Anybody under the age of 17 and members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to participate in this program BUT can get a representative that is above the age to obtain the won amount for him/her.
This email is so full of holes it is unbelievable. First off, no-one is going to send you money to a lottery in which you haven’t purchased a lottery ticket. Also, I’m not aware of any professional who would use either hotmail or gmail accounts on a professional letter. This email obviously falls in the phishing category which means all they are after is your private details which they will use against you. They could use it to aid them in stealing your identity or to send you more emails in order to coerce some cash out of you.
Do not, I repeat DO NOT reply to the email because once you do it just confirms your email address which will expose you to a lot more of the same. What you should do is delete the email and forget it even existed. I hope you found this post useful.