Here's one of the most recent scam emails I've received, sure to be a Nigerian 419 scam (an advance fee scam originating in Nigeria- pay a fee in order to get the money). How do I know it's a scam? The email address domain is "firstname.lastname@example.org" - why would an international company be using AOL's aim? Also, there just isn't any such thing; email addresses aren't randomly selected for competitions . Why isn't it personally addressed to me? Plus, wouldn't they have just dumped the winnings into my Paypal account?
Come on people, it's a scam! Why are scammers successful and why do they target Americans? We're greedy. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is:
YOUR EMAIL HAS BEEN SELECTED.
Zonal Draw No: DT-A2-004-875
Grand Draw No: 915
FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION:
BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to notify you the draw (#915) of the EURO MILLION INTERNATIONAL
LOTTERY PROGRAM held on 1st MARCH 2007. Participants were selected through a randomly selecting 15,000 participants from an initial database of 300,000 emails, all participants were selected through a computer ballot system from the Middle East, Asia, Africa,Canada, Europe, USA and North America as part our International Promotions Program, which was conducted in view of launching ourselves into the Sweepstakes Industry Worldwide and zoning all participants by their respective continents from across the globe, we produced an extensive list from which you have emerged as one of the winners of the Grand Draw prize.
To ensure a smooth collection of your winnings, the transfer of your prize is to be handled by our Prize Transfer agents.You are to contact our agents by email/fax or call within a week of receiving this notice. Be advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. [Oops! Guess my skeptisism by posting here is voiding my eligiblity to win]
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of (1,500,000.00 million euros) 0ne Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros only in cash credited to file number 74UK/957/-00885DT.This is from a total cash prize of 7,500, 000:00 million euros shared amongst the five (5) lucky winners in this category [Oooh! Wonder who the other lucky four winners are?] i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.
Your prize award has been insured in your favour and is ready for claims. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Winners within a period of 7 working days (date of this email inclusive) for the processing of your winning and remittance to your designated bank account after all statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with.Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated period may be forfeited to the pool without further notice. Your claim agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him/her.
You may wish to establish contact via e-mail or fax/telephone with the particulars presented below.
OVERSEAS CLAIMS UNIT.
Europointbv Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: sr. luis smith
Phone:+34 638 199 889 Fax:+34 940 465 774. [These guys are clever, the country code is for Spain so they have the scammers working in Spain]
Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. [Isn't it ironic? "Fraudulent claims."]
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarrante abuse of this program.Any lottery double claim dedected by our monitoring committee will lead to the Euro Million cancelling the winnings. making a loss for both the real winner, and the fake (intended) claimer.
CONGRATULATIONS!!! [Wow! They're really excited, using THREE exlamation points]
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
Mr. Anton Brooks..
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