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The President of the "Int'l Lotto Commission" just emailed you! Wow! Don't you feel special? He wrote to say you won in the "2nd category of our Euroafric free Net Lottery Promotional award".
Don't get too excited. It's just a scam.
A legitimate lottery certainly would not use free hotmail, yahoo, elitist, or aim email accounts. And this one uses a free Yahoo email account from Hong Kong. A bit odd for a UK lottery, wouldn't you think? In addition to the usual clues, notice the gibberish writing, excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, lack of decent punctuation.. The sentences don't even make sense. Hardly what a professional (i.e., real) lottery would do. Note the other clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter; keep confidential, selected by a random computer lottery of email addresses, use of free email accounts, etc.
Here is scam lottery winning notification email:
Subject: UNCLAIMED LOTTO PRIZE PAYMENT NOTICE
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 05:49:26 +0000
INTERNATIONAL LOTTO COMMISSION
Juan Hurtado De Mendoza 6D 28044,
Cotonou Republic du Benin
UNCLAIMED LOTTO PRIZE PAYMENT NOTICE
Attention To The Owner Of This Email Address.
Winner in the 2nd category of our Euroafric free Net Lottery Promotional award draws held December 2005.
I am writing in respect to your lotto winning prize of$715,810.00(Seven hundred and fifteen thousand eight hundred and ten US Dollars only) which you won through the email-ballot draws in our Euroafric Lotto Award in 2005 in the second category prize winnings category.
We wish to inform you that your total prize money of $715,810.00 has been returned to us by our Lotto claims agent as unclaimed prize after their initial letter to your address for your payment was not successful. You are here by requested to contact our Treasury Office on e-mail:( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for your immediate payment.
Our Treasury officer's name is Mr.jerry Ferguson, so refer this to him and contact him immediately for your unclaimed lotto prize payment to you.
You should contact our Treasury Officer as directed above for your payment, and do notify me as soon as you received your payment from our Treasurer.
President; Int'l Lotto Commission.