Email lottery scams

Just received one. I can't believe someone can actually fall for it!! They've named all the organisations they could remember at the top of their head! :rofl: (Email id & telephone number deliberately not pasted)


Dear Lucky Winner

This E-mail is to officially inform you that your E-mail Address have been verified and pronounced as the lucky Winner Of £1,000,000.00 GBP, in the 2012 Award By (ESPN Star Cricket Draw Promotion UK) wishes to congratulate you over your E-mail Address success in this financial bailout plan. Your E-mail Address emerged as one of the ten final recipients of a Cash Grant/Donation of (One Million Great British Pounds) to salvage your finances and to develop your community. This cash grant is a gift you will never be required to pay it back.

This financial bailout plan is funded by , Microsoft Corporation/Yahoo Incorporated, United Nations Agencies, Economic Development Organizations and Regional Unions which include the African Union (AU), Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), European Union (EU), Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), North American Union (NAU), etc in an effort to reduce the impact of food and financial crisis around the world. The leaders of these organizations by (ESPN STAR CRICKET) held in London UK, and made donations for this programme. We were engaged to carry out the task of conducting the E-mail Address balloting and to subsequently pay winners.

.Note that all participants’ E-mail Address were selected randomly from E-mail Address companies from all over countries of the world through a random sampling and your E-mail Address is attached to file reference number (IL/311ONI​/06) that emerged as one of the lucky numbers that won the sum of (One Million Great British Pounds) £1,000,000.00 GBP.

Our method of payment is through A Demand Bank Draft that will be Issue In your favour So that you can easily en-cash it in your country. All you have to do now is to provide us with the information below to enable the Management of our company issue you the Bank Draft in your favour, you are required to fill the Verification & Funds Release Form below.

..More over note that you are to send all claims information to this email:


1. Full Name's:

2. Sex:

3. Country:

4. State/City:

5.Contact Address:

6. Mobile/Tel Number:

7. Marital Status:

8. Occupation:

9. Age:

10. Pin Code:

11. File Reference Number:

12. Winning E-Mail Number:

13. Amount Won:

14. Have You Won Before: Yes Or No? .........

For claims of your winning funds you are advice to send us your information via EMAIL below. As a security measure, you are asked to keep your winning information confidential until you have made your claim. This is mainly to avoid putting up double claims with your Email Address which will result to the cancellation of your cash grant. On behalf of myself and all staff of ESPN STAR CRICKET ORGANIZATION, I say congratulations once again.

Your sincerely,

Mr. Graham Smith.
(Asia - Coordinator Claim Department)

ESPN Star Cricket Draw Promotion UK.


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Jun 30, 2008
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Had 3 emails last week claiming i had won, also Japanese and Nigerian buisnesses wanting to find partners to transfer funds from their countries into your bank accounts.This seems to be increasing along with hoax microsoft callers claming your pc has multiple problems and running slow.The worrying thing is people still fall for it, my friend open up his pc to one caller and was asked for his email, bank details so they could fix his pc which was working fine.Afterwards when he wouldn't pay and put the phone down they rang him about 6 times that week.Anyone with pc problems be aware microsoft do not ring you.Another scam which circulates is a bt scam claiming you need to update some records your pc has put viruses on their system, don't do it report it to bt.

Frank Harvey

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Jun 27, 2008
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I had a phone call last week from someone wishing to remain anonymous, claiming my speakers were producing horrendous distortion. I was asked for my card details and address to rectify the problem. And this was in the UK! There's no escaping them nowadays is there?


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My partners fathers hotmail was hacked recently, since then my buisness email adress has been getting about five a day. They are mostly quite funny, but one of them was really dark (something about holocaust money, didn't read too far in to it). I get emails from Barclays, HSBC, virgin money and my 'accountant' all asking for my credit card details. I don't bank with any of these people...


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May 27, 2009
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Can we continue with pasting others of these emails? For those who are aware of their purpose - they are quite funny. For those scammed it is ofcourse very unfortunate.


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Oct 26, 2007
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Gosh, how exciting.

I only get 'offered' Oxbridge PhDs costing £150, pecker-enlargement products and "investement opportunities".

The scammers' 'research' must've determined I'm a) stupid, b) don't fill my Calvins, and c) broke - that's two out of three, good guess.


I had a phone call the other day from a foreign gentleman who claimed i had several trojan viruses on my pc, he then went on about something or another i sort of turned off at that point "as you do", i then told a little fib and said i worked for apples I.T that point he just put the phone down on me! How rude :rofl:


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I have been recieving an email from 'Microsoft lottery award' a lot recently. Seems to really want me to open that .doc file... Wouldn't happen to have a macro for a Trojan in there would it?


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From: Miss Aresha Yaya

It's my pleasure to contact you for a business venture; there is this huge amount of money Two million five hundred thousand U.S dollars ($2,500,000.00) which my late Father Mr. Yaya Edwin Egoe, kept for me in a security storage house here in Abidjan before he was assassinated by unknown persons.

Now I decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside this country for security purposes. I want you to help me to transfer this fund to your country for investment purposes on the followings below, because the people that killed my father are hunting to kill me and inherit all that belongs to my late father.


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Wow, the spammers are going super dark these days...

Dear PayPal member,Our system detected that you received 2140$ from user : XXXXXXXXXXXX, involved in a child pornography transaction at 09/29/2012.==================================================Transaction Date: 29 Sept 2012Amount: 2140$==================================================Reference Number: PP-561-716-513In order to get verified and to lift the suspension of your PayPal account and avoid a federal investigation please complete the form attached in this email and cancel the transfer now.Thank you ,PayPal Fraud Department


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