Lottery scams are bad, but the scam mails for them could be better. (And then they would be even worse…) Who would ever believe this? I’ve never even bought a Spanish lottery ticket. Yet, something calling itself Loteria Nacional feels it has to inform me that my winnings is depostided but that they don’t really know where to send the mony, or as they put it ”your fund is now deposited to your name”.
It’s just another of those scams where the scammer wants me to participate in something shady, and thereby be too guilty to claim charges against them when I find out that I have been ripped off.
From: LOTERIA NACIONAL firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION
C/SAN PEZ ANCATARA 24. DATE: 22-10 -2004
08905 BARCELONA – SPAIN
TELEFAX: 0034 675 475 664
FROM THE DESK OF MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
RE: AWARD FINAL NOTIFICATION.
We are pleased to inform you the released results of the EL GORDO DE NAVIDAD SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAMS held on the 22ND JULY2004.
Your name was attached to a ticket number 025 – 11464992 – 750 with serial number 2113 – 10 drew the lucky numbers 2 4 6 3 5 which consequently won the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved for lump sum pay out of € 960.000,00 (NINE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THOUSAND EUR ONLY) in cash credited to file REF Nº: EUS/2451217403/03. This is from total cash prize of US $7.680,000.000.00 (SEVEN MILLION, SIX HUNDRED AND EIGHTY MILLION US DOLLARS) shared among the eight international winners in this category.
Your fund is now deposited to your name. Due to the mixed up of numbers and names, we ask you to keep this award top secret from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account as this is a part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 40,000 names from Europe, America, Australia, Asia, and North America as part of our international promotions program, which we conduct once every year. We hope with a part of your prize, you will take part in our end of year high stake € 1.3 billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim please contact your claims agent, MR. RAFAEL MANUELO The Foreign Services Manager of ALCANCE FINANCIERO S.L on Tel:+34 665 303 875, Fax: +34 665 148 736, for processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember that all prize money must be claimed not later than 12TH NOVEMBER 2004. After this date, all funds will be returned to the Ministry de Economic y Hacienda as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference, batch and prize claim track numbers in every of your correspondence with us or your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of tour address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our promotions program.
DON FRANSCISCO MUÑOZ. PRIZE CLAIM TRACK
MANAGING DIRECTOR. Nº: 1151184721