Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
"Universal Stake" seems to be a popular name for scammers to use. Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification. And this one is sponsored by the Sulton of Brunai and billgates (odd they can't spell or punctuate Bill's name correctly, isn't it?)
Notice the gibberish writing, excessive use of CAPITAL letters, poor punctuation and spacing, bad grammar and spelling, 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.
UNIVERSAL STAKE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
LONDON.12 BRIDGE STREET,
STAINES MIDDLESEX TW18 4TP UK
REF NUMBER: OSL/653/029/03
BATCH NUMBER: AT-040-SB06-03
SUBJECT:FOUR MILLION POUNDS LOTTERY WINNING
We are pleased to inform you, THAT AS A RESULT OF OUR RECENT LotteryDRAWS HELD on the 10TH OF NOV, 2006. Your e-mailaddress attached to ticket number 27522465896-532 with serial number 652-662drew lucky numbers 7-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the 2nd category. you have thereforebeen approved for a lump sum pay out of FOUR MILLION POUNDS.
Note that All participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses fromall search engines and websites.
This promotional program takes place every year, and
promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like the
Sultan of Brunei, billgates of microsoft inc and other
organisations. This is to encourage theuse of the internet
For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you keep your winninginformation confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
We look forward to your active participation in our next year 50million pounds slot.You are requested to contact our international payment department office below to assist you with your winnings and subsequent payments. all winnings must be claimed not later than one month After the date of this notice.Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.Furthermore,should there be any change of address do inform our payment department as soon as possible.
Congratulations on your award and and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 18 YEARS Of AGE.
Dr James Brown
NOTE:YOU ARE ADVICE TO CONTACT
MR JAMES BROWN (PAYMENT OFFICER)
INTERNATIONAL PAYMENT DEPARTMENT UNIVERSAL LOTTERY.
FOR MORE DIRECTIVES ON HOW TO CLAIM YOUR WINNING.