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The scammer who sent out the International Lotto Organization" scam email had a hard time deciding whether he was claiming to be a lottery, a sweepstakes or a promotion, so he just mixed them all up in one! In any event, it is obviously a scam, no lottery notifies its winners, the scam claims you won simply because you have an email address!
Don't be fooled: There is no such thing as a "computer ballot system" and NO legitimate lottery that will notify you by email; especially when you didn't buy a ticket from them!
If you still think this might be legit, see the highlighted passages in the email below, that draw attention to the other, additional signs of a scam; such as keep confidential, selected by a random computer lottery of email addresses, no website of their own, use of free hotmail/yahoo email accounts, numerous misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation, etc.
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Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 21:16:45 -0800 (GMT+8)
Subject: UNCLAIMED LOTTO PRIZE PAYMENT NOTICE.
INTERNATIONAL LOTTO ORGANIZATION
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 Euroafriq free Net Lottery Promotional award draws held June 2006. 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 Euroafriq Lotto Award in 2006 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 telephone +22993470270 or email: ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) for your immediate payment. Our Treasury officer's name is Morgan Anderson, 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.
Mr H Effenberg.
President; Int'l Lotto Org.