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Have you received an email from "CG" at "CONTINENTAL GAMES LOTTERY DEPT" saying you won their promotion or lottery promo and to contact "Human resource department" 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? Note that there is no website, www.mathsclinic.org - that's a scam, too
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.
It is a typical scam promotion sweepstakes winning notification. Also see these pages:
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 13:31:26 -0600 (CST)
Subject: YOUR PRIZE NOTIFICATION
From: "CONTINENTAL GAMES LOTTERY DEPT" < firstname.lastname@example.org >
THE CONTINENTAL PROMO
CHURCH HILL AVENUE.U K.
TICKET NO:7bWYZ2006 BATCH NO:(BT:9112006/10)
We happily announce to you the Continental lottery promo in accordance to the Lottery International program . The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine. You are entitled to a claim 1,000,000 british pound sterling. Contact the department Below to claims your prize.
Kindly contact our Human resource department Via. the human resource department.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your full names,country,private Telephone and fax number.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. You are to keep all
information away from the general public (This is important as any case of double claims will not be entertained).
Do not reply this mail, please, contact your claims administrator by email ok.