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Ah, another "computer ballot system" lottery scam. If you haven't figured it out by now, we'll repeat; there is NO SUCH THING as a "Computer Random Selection System (CRSS)" of email addresses to select lottery winners. Ask yourself why would anyone give money away to strangers based on their email address. You'd have to be begging to be a victim to believe this one.
Notice the gibberish writing, excessive use of CAPITAL letters, etc. 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 hotmail/yahoo email accounts, etc.
A potential victim received the email below, and actually wrote the "contact" and said that she had never set foot in the UK to enter a lottery, to which he replied with the second e-mail (below the first). Scammers are certainly persistent.
FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER
POWERBALL LOTTERY E-GAMES PROMOTIONS
RE: AWARD WINNING EMAIL NOTIFICATION!!!
We wish to notify and congratulate you on the selection of your email ID as the jackpot winning entry in the Powerball E-Games Promotions, being the inaugural edition of our new e-lottery program. Your email ID identified with Ballot No.PBL2348974321 and was selected among the winning email ID's in the draws held today using the latest version of the Computer Random Selection System (CRSS) from the 50,000 promotional entries submitted by our international software support/affiliate companies.
You have been awarded with the jackpot promotional cash prize of GB2,714,000.00(Two million, seven hundred and fourteen thousand British pounds sterling) credited to Reference Numbers PB/EGP/60961/OV.To immediately process the claims of your prize award, please contact your assigned claims agent:
Name: Mr. Scott Micheal.
To facilitate the claims of your winnings, you are advised to provide the claims officer assigned to you with the following details for
processing the payment of your winnings:
Once again congratulations from all our staff on your promotional prize winning
Patricia Riley (Mrs.)
Coordinator; Powerball E-Games Promotions
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From: SCOTT MICHEAL < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Subject: Prize Award Information
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 23:23:26 +0000
Having reviewed the email which you sent me along with it attached contents from the Coordinator of the Powerball E-Games Promotions, it might interest you to know that you are a true and certified winner in the Powerball E-Games Promotions.
Having done all the proper verification exercise from our department, we found you worthy of the cash prize in the E-GAMES PROMOTIONAL PROGRAM. Your email address has been confirmed as a winning entry with your claims filed under reference numbers PB/EGP/60961/OV.
All the email entires for this program were provided by our affliliate adware support companies and the suprise you expressed on your emergence as a winner is understandable considering the fact your email was probably entered into this contest without your knowledge, and we sincerely apologize if this announcement came to you as a rude shock. This office has been handed with specific instructions that we shall be handling the claims and release of your Prize Award of Two million, seven hundred and fourteen thousand British pounds sterling allocated to your email address.
Your winnings have been credited to a suspense account with our paying bank registered with the European Gaming Commission. This is in compliance with the "Lottery/Casino Procedural Manual" of the gaming prize funds disbursement act regulating Gaming activities in EU countries. In line with these statutory regulations, your winnings has been insured under a bonded depository policy to its full value, as such you shall be the payment of your winnings in full.
To have your winnings paid to you by bank to bank transfer, you would be advised to activate a Non-Residential Transactional account with our paying bank, which would affect the transfer of your prize winnings to your bank account. Upon activating the transactional account with the paying bank, your winnings would be released from the suspense account and paid into the operational account to be setup in your name which would make it suitable for you to transfer to your designated account(s).
Our insistence on all prize award winners opening an account with the paying bank is not binding, but has its obvious advantages. The other payment options would be for you to come down to the payment remittance office in Amsterdam to personally receive payment for your Winnings.
To proceed with your Claims, please inform me on your payment preference.
Once again I wish to congratulate you on behalf of the entire Claims Department of the Powerball E-Games Lottery Promotions UK.
Mr. Scott Micheal
This email and its attachments are confidential and intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s).This email and its attachments may also be privileged or protected by legal rules. If you have received this by mistake please let us know by reply immediately and destroy the email and its attachments without reading, copying or forwarding the contents.