It’s been a while since I last won 750,000 dollars, but today it looks as if my luck changed again…
Actually, this email is better worded than any lottery scam I have received before. Therefore, if you got one of these, and had enough wits to do a search before responding, calm down. It’s all a way to make you pay up for registration papers.
Subject: FROM WESTERN LOTTO
Date: Monday 14 Nov, 2005 23.22.27 GMT+01:00
To: [an email address no longer in use]
WESTERN LOTTO SPAIN S.A.
7265 ES-2115 DB MADRID,
REPLY EMAIL TO : firstname.lastname@example.org
From: The Promotions Manager Prize and Award
2005 DRAW RESULTS/ WINNING NOTICE
Congratulations! We announce with pleasure that you have emerged as one of the two winners of Western Lotto ESP ballot draws held in the month of OCTOBER 2005.
Be informed that your Email address is among 15,000 individuals/private companies Email addresses selected by our computer ballot system and have scaled through all three draws of the Lotto In line with all Spanish Lottery Regulations, Western Lotto has just concluded its annual draws for the year 2005. This is a new scientific computer lottery in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. By our procedures, you were allocated
to lottery ticket number 76-1102-103. Ballot 1 and ballot 2 numbers are 1102/545 and 1102/73 respectively, with serial number AA5/120920. From the results of the final draws, you have emerged as a Prime winner in the ”A” category and therefore entitled to a winning payout amounting to US$750,000.00(Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand U.S Dollars Only).This is from the total amount of US Dollars 9,000,000.00 for allocated to the two ”B” category winners. Your prize money has been insured and credited in your name to file Ref. No. DIAQ34761. You are therefore to contact one of our finance Directors/ agents to immediately claim your prize. Please find contact information below:
DR. JOHN D. RAPHAEL
WESTERN LOTTO CLAIMING AGENCY.
REPLY EMAILTO :email@example.com
Remember, you must make your claim before or on the 19th of November 2005 also you are to contact our claim agent /Finance Director immediately to avoid funds being returned as unclaimed. All corespondence to DR.JOHN should have this email sent along with it and also, your email address to which this email is sent should be clearly and boldly written in your response. You should also include your reference number. Also, should there be any change of your address, do inform our account officer as soon as possible.
Due to the mixup of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly private and away from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money paid to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. Western Lotto holds exclusive right to terminate your claims processing upon any breach of this condition. Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our Western email lottery program. It is our hope that with a part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes Euros1.3billion International lotto.
MR. PAUL ANDERSON
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,