Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
What do you suppose the odds are of LIBERTY SPORT LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL working together with Microsoft to randomly give away huge amounts of money to people based on their email address? If that sounds even remotely plausible to you, you must get scammed every day. It's just a scam.
This is 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 signs that this is a fraud, 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 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".
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?
What are they promoting? No one promotes "world peace" or "use of the internet" by handing out millions to random strangers. That's just stupid to believe. 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.
And a legitimate lottery certainly would not use free hotmail, yahoo, elitist, or aim email accounts.
Notice the gibberish writing, excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, lack of decent punctuation and 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 rather than a domain and website that matches the lottery name, etc.
It is a typical scam sweepstakes winning notification. Also see these pages:
From: "liberty spot" < email@example.com >
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 6:06 PM
Subject: LIBERTY SPORT LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
LIBERTY SPORT LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
BATCH: 14/011/IPD /NL
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the MICROSOFT ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION in conjunction with the LIBERTY SPORT INTERNATIONAL programs held on the 28TH of FEBRUARI 2007. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 0599465886-629 with serial number3772-44 drew lucky numbers 7-14-17-25-31-29 which onsequently won in the 2nd category, You are therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,000,000.00 (ONE MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS)
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three year. We hope you will take part in our end of year US$50 Million Dollars International lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducially agent.
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 18TH of MAR, 2007. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Mrs. Erika Overmars