It’s clear that iScammers steal from eachother, implementing ideas that seem to work, just as scammers outside the internet always have done. However, on the web this isn’t such a great idea. After winning five different million Euro lotteries in just a week, people might start to read these winning notifications a bit more carefully.
Then again, there are still new Internet users getting online, and perhaps there are still enough newbies for these iScams to actually pay off.
Here’s the most recent winning notification frome an organization calling themselves Euro Millions Lottery International. The idea that Bill Gates would sponsor a lottery like this is quite entertaining, and that’s the reason it is published here.
From: euro million
Date: January 13, 2005 22.02.12 MET
To: [one of my business addresses]
Subject: Congratulations! You are a Winner.
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Euro millions Lottery Winners,an International E-mail program held on the 2nd of Dec. 2004. Your E-mail address fall to the ticket number 653-908-321-675 with serial main number 345-790-241-671 drew lucky star numbers 34-32-90-43-32 which consequently won in the 2nd category of this program, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1.000.000.00 Euro.(One Million Euros)
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning informations 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 by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Bill Gates,President of Microsoft, the world’s largest software company in order to enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and microsoft-wares around the globe.
This promotional program takes place every three years.We hope that, with part of your winning, you will take part in our end of year 50 million Euro International lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial agent:
MR.CHRISTOPHER IAN HUNT
(COFIDIS CONSULTANTS & SECURITY)
Email:email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 31th Jan 2005.
After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible
.Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
MRS.ANA MARIA LOPEZ
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified
If you get this mail or any of the thousands of similar mail about fake lotteries. Just throw it away, delete it, forget about it. The odds of winning in this lottery is less than none. Just forget about it and in case you actually want to win some money on the web… go try some online betting instead. Betting beats getting cheated any day in my book.