Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Have you received an email from "Juana Terra" at "Nacional Bono Loteria International" saying you won their promotion or lottery promo and to contact "AMADO BENJAMIN" 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", "literacy" or "use of the internet" by handing out money 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:
From: "juana terra" < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Subject: AWARD FINAL NOTICE/ YOU HAVE WON!!!
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 14:18:28 +0100
AWARD FINAL NOTICE/ YOU HAVE WON!!!
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
CONTACT ACCREDITED LICENSED AGENT MR.AMADO BENJAMIN,
FROM:NACIONAL BONO LOTERIAS INTERNATIONAL AGENCY
PROMOTION PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
Ref. Number: 867/-554/396-SP
Following official publication of results of the Email electronic online Sweepstakes organized by the Nacional Bono Loteria International, the Slide circuir award and the conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products, (F.P.S.), held on the 1st of March 2007, in Madrid Spain, wherein your >electronic email address emerged as one of the online winning emails in the 1st category and therefore attracted a cash award of US$ 1.500,000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only)
We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you.
It is important to note you that your award information was released today the 9th of March 2007 with the following particulars attached to it.
(I) Reference Number:867/-554/396-SP
(ii) Ticket Number: ESP 9-55-121-08-6-1-6
(iii)Batch Number: 991277-63-NBT
(iv)File Number: NB41-19-5-21-99
(v) Lucky Number: 70-17-61-9-68
Please contact the claim agents within 7 working days to facilitate the release of your prize, You are required to mention the above particulars of your award in every correspondence addressed to the processing agents.
TO FILE FOR YOUR CLAIM, PLEASE CONTACT OUR FIDUCIAL AGENT:
Telephone lines are open between the hours of 8:00am-19:30pm.Monday -Saturday ...Ext..001
The Nacional Bono Loterias Awards is sponsored by a consortium of software promotion companies.The Intel Group,Toshiba, Dell Computers, Microsoft and other international companies.
The Nacional Bono Loteris internet draw is held periodically and is so organized to encourage the use of the internet and promote computer literacy worldwide.
We are proud to say that over 60 Million Dollars are won annually in more than 150 countries worldwide. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20 days of getting this notification.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence.
we hope that with part of your winning you will take part in our next year €50 million international lottery.
Once again on behalf of all our staff,
Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Mrs. Juana terra,
(Nacional bono loteria coordinator)
Mrs. Juliana Domigo
(Assistance Nacional bono loteria coordinator)
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