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Below is another example of a fake lottery; this one claiming to be from the "Boxlotto Promotional Lottery Program" which they say is sponsored by "European Lotteries" and held in The United Kingdom. None of these exist, of course.*
Note the usual clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter; keep confidential, selected by a random computer lottery, use of free hotmail/yahoo email accounts, etc.
Subj: Winning Numbers: 08 15 30 31 34 43 40
Date: 1/18/07 3:59:28 AM Pacific Standard Time
Draw No.: 2245Category: 2B
Winning Numbers: 08 15 30 31 34 43 40
Batch Number: ATP/44863214257/3445328/563
Date: 18th january, 2007
We happily announce to you the draws of the boxlotto Promotional Lottery Program sponsored by European Lotteries and held in The United Kingdom on the 4th December, 2006 in which you and fourteen (14) provisional winners were selected as winners under draw No. 2245.
Due to mix up in some numbers and names the results of the draw were withheld and released today. For the purpose of security you are therefore strongly advised to keep this award notification secret from public notice until your claim has been processed and your prize money paid as this is part of our security protocol to avoid duplicity of claims or misuse of this programme by miscreants and hackers. Thus, your prize award winning is confidential as our winners are at liberty to remain completely anonymous until payment is effected to the benefit of the beneficiary. Our staffs are sworn to secrecy, so you will be the only one to know what you have won.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 08-04-33-38-BL-AU drew thelucky numbers: 08 15 30 31 34 43 40, which subsequently won you the lottery in Category2B. All participants were selected randomly through computer ballot draw system and from 150,000 individuals as part of our international promotions program conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries.
You have therefore been granted provisional approval to claim a total sum of $385,000.00 (Three Hundred and Eighty Five Thousand Dollars only)as your winning prize.
This is from a total prize pool of 3,998, 742.67 Dollars.
You have the options of being paid by certified bank draft or Personal appearance for the collection of your prize. NO PRIZES WILL BE REISSUED AFTER THE 2ND OF FEBRUARY, 2007.
For lucky winners, it is our standard practices to allocate accredited claims agents for the processing of claim application and payment of prize winnings to the benefit of beneficiaries after all modalities have been completed satisfactorily.
To begin your claims therefore, you are advised on final notice and as a matter of urgency, to contact our licensed and accredited claims agent for Overseas Lucky Winners for the processing of your prize awards winning and payment after all statutory obligations have been concluded satisfactorily.
Contact the under-listed institution by phone, fax or email for your application to be submitted and processed for payment
MR. FRANCOIS SAYAQ,
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.
In line with this, your $385,000.00 Dollars will be paid to you upon confirmation and clarification by our claims agent who will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your winnings as soon as you contact him. Do please quote your Draw, Reference and Winning numbers in any correspondence with our designated agent. Also include your telephone number(s) when contacting the agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program, and thank you for being part of our promotional lottery programme.
Should there be any changes in address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Do not send your response to this e-mail account. Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
* Well, ok, the United Kingdom exists, but not like it did during Queen Victoria's reign. But we digress... some of these scams are so pathetic, we have to inject a little humor.
One of their return email addresses is a free Excite.com account. The other return email address is at uymail.com. Here is the www.uymail.com home page. That really looks like the website that a legitimate lottery would use, doesn't it?