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Below is a scam email, supposedly from the Irish Lottery Board, received in February 2007. We've highlighted some of the obvious clues that it is a fraud. Notice the the use of free yahoo email accounts (not likely for a professional lottery!), gibberish phrases, many typos and misspellings, the selection by a "computer draw system" of random email balloting, so nobody buys a ticket (NO lottery does this!) and other nonsense.
Received February 9, 2007
The Irish Lottery
P O Box 1010
11 G Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1, Ireland
This mail is to bring to your notice that your email emerged as one of our winning email address in our just concluded Irish Lottery Board sweepstakes programme that made you automatically a winner of the sum of £475,318 (Four Hundred and seventy five thousand, three hundred and eighteen pounds sterling) and the money which is equivalent to ($917,602.32 USD).
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your coupon. In view of this, your £475,318 (Four Hundred and seventy five thousand, three hundred and eighteen pounds sterling) will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him or her.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim 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!!!
To file for your claim, please contact our Claims Agent and fill the payment processing form and send it to our claims agent immediately.
MRS. LEILA GREEN
PAYMENT PROCESSING FORM
5.MARITAL STATUS:___________________ 6.OCCUPATION:________________________
9.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL___________
SIR. ALAN CLARKSON
Phone :+44701112 8652
Online coordinator for THE IRISH LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.