This evening right before logging on to post I decided to check my e-mail. Amongst the other mail that I recieved I found an e-mail declaring that I had won an international lottery and that there was a mix up so they were just now getting results out but that they needed me to keep it secret right now to avoid double claims. Well lets just say that I didn't fall for it. Also I replied in what may have been a not so nice way. Now I am posting this for my readers so that you may get a quick laugh, and maybe it will keep others from falling for it. See as obviose as it may seem that this is a scam there are those who are in dire enough straights that they will believe anything that seems to give them a way out. (I know this from first hand experience, luckily I had friends who were thinking clearer that I.) So with that enjoy......
This first part was my reply to them....
First of all I would like to state that this is one of the most obviose money scams that I have yet to see. You give away a few things eary. For example, the fact that you claim it is a lotto, something that requires people to sign up. Right away I know it is a scam because I did not play any lotto. Also keep in mind the fact the way that lotto's can pay out is that they recieve money for the purchase of tickets from those who enter the lotto. Because I did not pay anything in again I am positive that I cannot win anything.
The next thing that jumps out at me is the fact that this email came not from "SUPERENALOTTOITALIA.COM" as it claims but from firstname.lastname@example.org. Now why would a multi million doller sweepstakes not have their own web address to send out e-mails. We are a small non for profit and we do, so I know you can afford it if you are who you say you are.
Third is the fact that you state that there was a mix up of names and addresses and you want to keep it all nice and quite until then so as to not have multiple claims, yet you know that I am a winner. Amazing how that works.
Finally there is the fact that you stated that this contest was "held on the 2ND OF OCTOBER 2006, this result was initially delayed due to mix up of numbers and addresses, the results were finally released on the 6TH OF OCTOBER" and then in the end of the message you state that I need to "Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than 30TH OF SEPTEMBER 2006. After this date, this fund will be returned to the next draws as unclaimed fund."
See a major lottery offering this kind of money would not make a typo such as this that would confuse winners into thinking that it was past the deadline already, of course the deadline to claim funds is before the drawing but hey that's just a small technicality I guess right.
There is of course the broken English, horrible grammer, and mispellings throughtout that give it away as well, but I guess that is to be expected from a putz who actually expects this kind of scam to still work. What worries me is that there is probably some poor person who is very low on their luck right now and who will buy into it just because they need any straw to grasp to and they will think that they have won. They will reply to this e-mail and you will then ask them to either pay a lump sum up front to cover taxes, or you will ask for their banking information so that you can put the money in when in fact you will simply remove whatever money they do have. One of two things will then happen. Either they fall for it and you scam them out of thier hard earned money and also break thier hearts because they were really counting on getting the money because they needed it. Or they don't fall for it and the second part still holds true when they realize it's a scam.
People like you are pathetic lowlives who should be rounded up and pelted with rocks by those that you have hurt. Rest assured that I will be reporting this e-mail to the Attorney General as well as to as many scam busters as I can to make sure that no one else falls for it. And may you die a slow and painful death for the pain that you cause others.
And this was the original email....
2006----- Original Message -----
From: "SUPERENALOTTOITALIA.COM" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2006 6:33 PM
Subject: URGENT CONTACT
ONLINE SUPERENALOTTO LOTTO COMMISSION FROM: THE DESK OF LOTTERY DIRECTORREFERENCE NUMBER: SE/203/1200023BATCH NUMBER: 5620032 ATTN: LUCKY WINNER, RE: AWARD NOTIFICATION FINAL NOTICEThis is to inform you of the release of the Online superenalotto Lottery International sweepstake lottery-promotion held on the 2ND OF OCTOBER 2006, this result was initially delayed due to mix up of numbers and addresses, the results were finally released on the 6TH OF OCTOBER 2006, and your name attached to ticket number BL-06-0021 with Serial number 02104-06, which drew the lucky numbers of 67-31-25-05-75-07, which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. You are therefore approved for a lump sum payout of FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY ( US$ 500 , 000 .00 ) in cash accredited to file reference number: OBL/203/1200023, This is from a total cash prize of TWELVE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY ( US$ 12, 500 , 000.00 ) Shared among the Twenty-Five international winners in this category. TO CONFIRM YOUR WINNING VERY WELL VISIT OUR WEBSITES,www.superenalottoitalia.com and mladenmalik,www1.50megs.com/superenalotto.html CONGRATULATIONS ! Your fund is now deposited in one of our accredited finance house here in Italy insured in your favor. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and money remitted to your account as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted abuse of this program by participants as it has happened in the past. All participants were selected through a computer ballot systems / shopping ticket-foils and traveling ticket-foils and e-mail addresses drawn from 45,000 Company names and individual names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, America, Africa and North America as part of our annual-international promotional programs. We hope that with this winning , you will be able to participate in our next high stake promotion of EURO 58,680,000.00 (FIFTY-EIGHT MILLION, SIX HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THOUSAND EUROS ) To begin your lottery claim, please contact your claims agent, CHRIS SIROCCOon firstname.lastname@example.org . Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than 30TH OF SEPTEMBER 2006. After this date, this fund will be returned to the next draws as unclaimed fund.NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complication, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence with your agent or us. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claim agent as soon as possible. Congratulation once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being part of our International promotion program. Yours SincerelySANDRO MARINI ***************************************************************************************************************CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information for the use of the designated recipients named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify the Gaming Control Board immediately by e-mail at email@example.com and destroy all copies of this communication and any attachments
I am going to in fact be reporting this and will let you know what happens.