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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. Promotions are specific and tied to their products or services. In this scam, you can't even figure out what that product would be!
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.
Using free email account: The scammer is writing to you from a FREE email account. 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. In this case, they don't even say what they are promoting... which means they aren't promoting anything!
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: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS < email@example.com >
Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2007 4:13:43 PM
Subject: CONGRATULATION YOU JUST EMERGED A WINNER IN OUR FEBRUARY DRAWS OF 15MIHurray!!!
2007 WINNING NOTICE
FROM: THELOTTERY COORDINATOR,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT.
RESULTS FOR FEBRUARY 2007 CATEGORY "A" DRAWS
Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of The Category "A" draws of TRIPPLE WINS INTERNATIONAL GAMES. We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under FEBRUARY LUCKY DRAWS First Category, which is part of our promotional draws.
The draws were held prior to your notification. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 4,000,000names/email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our International Promotions Program.
You/Your Company, attached to ticket number IL252/03/78 with serial number IL25278NL drew the lucky numbers 8, 11, 14, 19, 25, (3), (5), and consequently won in the Category "A. You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out Fifteen Million Euros (15,000,000.00) in cash, which is the winning payout for Category "winners.
Please contact the claims agent email address below as soon as possible for the processing of your prize money. For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice.
NOTE: For easy reference and identification find below your reference numbers.
Note that you are to forward this email to the Mrs. Cherry Rings (Claims Agent) for your prize claim processing. REFERENCE NUMBER: JU/03/357856256/NL Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
FINANCIAL UNIT DIRECTOR/CONTROLLER
FIRST SECURITIES AND TRIPPLE WINS INTERNATIONAL GAMES,
UNITED KINGDOM BEDFORD HILL,
BALLAM SW 12
Claims Agent Contact
Mrs. Cherry Rings
CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone number: +44-702-406-0325
NOTE: The scammers also use this email address: email@example.com and probably others.