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Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
Italy
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Italian to English
Oct 20, 2005

Just out of curiosity.. I received this email a few days ago. Thinking (surely???) it must be scam I binned it right away. Has anyone else received something similar, and what's it all about?

"Your Ref. Number: XXXX
Batch Number: XXX
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the International Lottery program held on the 10TH October, 2005.
Your e-mail address ID attached to ticket number XXXXX with serial number XXXXX drew lucky numbers XXXX which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$ 1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars).

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three year. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Bill Gates, President of the World Largest software=MICROSOFT,
We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next USD 50 million international lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial agent..."

The name and details of this agent follow. Am I to presume he charges some exorbitant fee for his services? Just curious...


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Maria Diaconu  Identity Verified
Romania
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I win a million a day :) Oct 20, 2005

I get a lot of this kind of junk, but I never open them.
Why should I waste my time?


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Ivana de Sousa Santos  Identity Verified
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Knewing this is a scam I replied one day. Oct 20, 2005

It was just for fun!

My husband receives a lot of these e-mails. When he "won a million dollars" I told him to reply and I wrote the e-mail, also to see how far this story would go.

We've never received any answer back.

:0)
Ivana


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Francisco Bolaños  Identity Verified
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wow... Bill himself!! Oct 20, 2005

Well, I would have sent this message to trash inmediatelly, as you did. I dont think this is spam mail, I just that I have the chance of winnin 1$ million so, so often that I wouldnt care
Despite all my filters and mail managers, Im suffering from "rolex spam" now, it seems its in fashion (although I prefer it to the "viagra spam") Have a nice day!


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Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
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Point taken :-) Oct 20, 2005

Maria Diaconu wrote:

I get a lot of this kind of junk, but I never open them.
Why should I waste my time?


I guess I was wondering more along the lines of how the thing works. I mean, how much does this agent charge?!!!


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Claudia Iglesias  Identity Verified
Chile
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It's not a funny story for everybody Oct 20, 2005

Some time ago we were talking about such scams in this forum and I mentionned one with names.
Somebody found that thread searching in Google those names and found me. It was a lady from Venezuela who had thought that it was true and that she would have to go to the Netherlands to take her price, but she had to pay first to get the visa, so she did, and she gave all her credt card details. When she wrote to me she needed help and I didn't know how to help.

This is just to let you know that we might be very used to this scams (either because we work a lot with Internet or because our education level), but we should warn all those around us who might believe such messages.

Claudia


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PAS  Identity Verified
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Lottery scam Oct 20, 2005

Type this in Google and you will find a number of sites (government and non-) which explain the workings of these scams.

I recall reading about people actually going to Nigeria to pick up their cash. Nobody ever saw them again. No laughing matter, this...

Pawel Skalinski

[Edited at 2005-10-20 10:59]


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Fiona Grace Peterson  Identity Verified
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I had no idea... Oct 20, 2005

PAS wrote:

Type this in Google and you will find a number of sites (government and non-) which explain the workings of these scams.



Thanks for your advice Pavel - I had a look on Google. It's the first time I've received somethign like this and had no idea the people behind them were so dangerous, nor of the kind of information they could get if people reply.


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NancyLynn
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Some people believe everything they read Oct 20, 2005

As time goes on and more and more people around the world come to know the Internet, fewer, we hope, will get taken in.

The problem is some people are indoctrinated to believe that if it's in print, it's true, that is, it's been verified by some authority. But the Internet is one big, unregulated mass of information from all kinds of sources.

Nancy


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Fernando Toledo  Identity Verified
Germany
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Fine! Oct 20, 2005

Ivana de Sousa Santos wrote:

It was just for fun!

My husband receives a lot of these e-mails. When he "won a million dollars" I told him to reply and I wrote the e-mail, also to see how far this story would go.

We've never received any answer back.

:0)
Ivana


Now they know this addresse is active. Fine, you will get more millions in the future.

Rgds


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Andy Watkinson
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What would you do? Oct 20, 2005

I’ve just received an email from a Nigerian, Chinese-speaking bishop whose daughter is marrying a Swahili-speaking Italian in Barcelona. They’re to be married by an Inuit-speaking priest who charges US$500,000 an hour and want me to advance the money for the ceremony, travel arrangements, hotel etc… and also act as interpreter.

Should I accept?


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Marie Gomes
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Scambaiting Oct 21, 2005

Hi there,


Take a look at this site http://www.419eater.com

I had such a great time going through it. In few words, it’s scambaiting or how to waiste scammers’ time and ressources. It’s pretty funny!

But, seriously, I think you should forward this e-mail to Microsoft just to let them know that scammers are using B. Gates name.

And I totally agree with Claudia, we should warn everybody about this kind of messages, it’s really dangerous.


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Lucica Abil  Identity Verified
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NO! Oct 22, 2005

andycw wrote:

I’ve just received an email from a Nigerian, Chinese-speaking bishop whose daughter is marrying a Swahili-speaking Italian in Barcelona. They’re to be married by an Inuit-speaking priest who charges US$500,000 an hour and want me to advance the money for the ceremony, travel arrangements, hotel etc… and also act as interpreter.

Should I accept?


This is the bishop scam! It is targeted at the interpreters. Read this http://www.proz.com/post/271898#271898

Take care!

Lucia


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Maria Karra  Identity Verified
United States
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international lottery Oct 23, 2005

Fiona Peterson wrote:
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the International Lottery program held on the 10TH October, 2005.


He he I win the International Lottery almost every month! I must be really lucky. I don't get e-mails though; I get letters (snail mail). And for some reason they're always sent from Spain. I should have kept a couple because they were really funny (although I'm not worried about it, I'm sure I'll win again next month).
Maria


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