Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Have you received an email from "Mrs.JULIET ANDERSON" at "Belove Internet Lottery Promotions International" saying you won their promotion or lottery promo and to contact "Mr.SMITH JAMES" to collect your winnings? It is a scam. And don't get too excited if the names are different; the scammers make many versions of this scam!
It is actually a very simple scam. They claim you won a promotion, which is giving away millions of dollars based on a randomly selected email address. The scam is obvious: it's simply preposterous to think that any company would randomly give away money to encourage you to buy their product. That would be self-defeating.
There are many other signs that this is a fraud that we have highlighted in the email below, not the least of which are:
Email address ballot: There is no such thing as a "computer ballot system" or "computer email draw". No one, not even Microsoft has a database of email addresses of the type or magnitude they suggest.
Terrible spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammar - Scammers apparently don't know how to use spell checkers. We assume they dropped out of school before that class. They use almost random CapItaLiZAtion and often can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to be "22nd". These scammers usually write at the 3rd grade level.
Using free email account: The scammer is writing to you from a FREE email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.). Don't you think a real organization would use its own email, its own domain and website? Wouldn't they want to promote that?
What are they promoting? No one promotes "world peace" or "use of the internet" by handing out millions to random strangers. And if they are promoting a product, then this must be the world's worst promotion, because no one has heard of it, outside of the email you just received.
Pay a fee to collect the prize: Nope, it is illegal for free sweepstakes and promotions to charge you ANYTHING! Of course, in a scam, that is the whole point: to get you to send money to the scammer.
It is a typical scam promotion sweepstakes winning notification. Also see these pages:
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Subject: WINING NOTIFICATION..........
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 13:48:34 +0000
From: Mrs.JULIET ANDERSON.
Belove Internet Lottery Promotions International.
150 Tooley Street, London SE1 2TZ.Tel: +44-7045-711-522
Hurray! You have been selected as one of the Five lucky winners in the first edition of the Belove Internet Lottery Promotions International draw. You have therefore been approved for a huge payout of $1M (one Million Dollars Only).
How was the selection process done? Winners were randomly selected from an initial database of 200,000 emails which was eventually downsized to 5,0 00 from which we eventually selected the final and lucky Five due to their frequent access to internet services. This process was drawn to compersate the internet user through the computerized email balloting system selecting emails from The Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada,Europe, USA and South America.
To ensure a smooth collection of your grand prize,you are to contact our transfer agent by email or telephone within a week of this notice. Please find full contact details below:
Contact Person: Mr.SMITH JAMES. (CLAIM AGENT)
Please,remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence...Ref. Number:132/756/4509. Batch Number:538901527-Bc68. Ticket Number:27522465896-6453.
Furthermore you are seriously advised to keep your winning lottery numbers to yourself in line with our company security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals. Please do contact your claim agent as instructed above. On behalf of all our staff in Belove Internet Lottery Promotions International, accept my Congratulations!
NB:To start the immediate proceeing of your claim please send the following to your claim agent Mr.SMITH JAMES.(CLAIM AGENT) without further delay.
1.Your Complete Full Names.
2.Your Residential Address.
5.Your Telephone Number or Your Mobile Phone Number For Easier