Since this summer, there has been reports about various SMS lottery scams, that are said to be originated in Sweden. Personally, I don’t really think they are. Even though they state an address for a Swedish Post Office Box in Gothenburg. Mark the spelling (not Gotenborg) as it is spelled in the sting mail. There might be a P O box there, but I vage that all incoming mail is resent somewhere else.
The person who sent me this mail asked how the scammers could have the number to his mobile phone as well as his email address. And I have been asking myself the same. But then I recall various forms that I have filled out on the www where I put my cellphone number in the phone field hoping that it would keep various phone sellers away.
There should be a lot of shady registers around with both email addresses and mobile phone numbers. Even if they arent as easily accessible as the large databases of email addresses that scammers can purchase.
From: ”Tommy Fredrick”
Date: 22 December 2006 14:02:55 GMT+01:00
To: [information withheld]
Subject: Re: What is the Gotenborg SMS Lottery?
The Gotenborg SMS Lottery
P O Box 201
Gotenborg, SE-211 20
We happily announce to you the draw (#1017) of the GOTENBORG SMS LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International Program held on Sat. 16th of December 2006.
Your telephone number attached to ticket number: 778900069 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 01.23.33.35.40.42. . You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 4,082,000 SEK (Four Million and Eighty Two Thousand Swedish Krona) in cash credited to file SWE/9023174308/05.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from the World Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your 4,082,000 SEK would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe. To file for your claim, please print and fill the attached form and send it to
Susan Patrick Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who will direct you on how to claim your winnings and also inform the payment office to prepare and send your send winnings, that way your Winnings Certificate and all other relevant documents/paperwork can be prepared for you. You would be required to show an instrument of identification when collecting the money i.e. Drivers license or International passport.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.
Good luck from me and members of staff of the GOTENBORG SMS LOTTERY.
Tom Fredrik (Mr.)
Online Coordinator for GOTENBORG SMS LOTTERY.
Sweepstakes International Program.
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