Another scam? The National Lottery, London
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María Teresa Taylor Oliver  Identity Verified
Panama
Local time: 10:00
English to Spanish
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Nov 21, 2005

I've just been contacted through my profile, and received an email from this address: thomasking@teenmail.co.za

With the subject: "Winning Notification For UK Lottery 2005."

FINAL WINNING NOTIFICATION:
Dear Lucky Winner,
RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING
NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to notify you the draw (111) of the UK
NATIONAL
LOTTERY,Online Sweepstakes International Lottery Program
held on 30Th
October, 2005.

(Etc. It's long, I won't copy it all).

Then it says to contact:

Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Robert Kings
Email: thomasking@teenmail.co.za
Tel: +44-703-186-1163
Fax: +44-709-286-4814

And ends:

At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,

John Smith

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
Te: +44-703-192-1413
Fax: +44-709-286-4814


Scammers are getting more creative, apparently :-/


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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
Peru
Local time: 10:00
Partial member
Spanish
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It is a scam Nov 21, 2005

I've won that lottery many times.

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María Teresa Taylor Oliver  Identity Verified
Panama
Local time: 10:00
English to Spanish
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TOPIC STARTER
Another 419 scam Nov 21, 2005

Hehe, lucky us, right? ;P

I Googled that email address and got several hits, one of them was this website:

http://www.419baiter.com/_scam_emails/419_emails_07-05_3.html

It sure is a scam, one of the now known "419 Scams", after a Nigerian penal code, it seems.

That website reviews lots of these scams.

Just letting others know


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Gillian Scheibelein  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 17:00
Member (2003)
German to English
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Creative? Nov 21, 2005


Scammers are getting more creative, apparently :-/


One might wonder why London-based "John Smith" has a South African e-mail address starting with "thomasking"

That must start alarm bells clanging if nothing else does.


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Timothy Barton
Local time: 16:00
Member (2006)
French to English
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I'm richer than Bill Gates Nov 21, 2005

I've won the lottery hundreds of times, in different countries. I also have lots of rich distant relatives who have died and left me money in their will.

Then there are the really creative ones. The ones that mention someone dying in an air crash, and give you a BBC link to an article about a real air crash to try and make it sound more realistic.

I shouldn't really laugh about this, because a lot of people fall for it, which is why they do it. But I really do find it incredible that people really do fall for it.


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Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 12:00
Member (2002)
English to Spanish
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Me too! Nov 22, 2005

The same spammer arrived to my email account via my proz profile.



Regards
Clarisa


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Angus Woo
Local time: 23:00
Chinese to English
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Ha ha! Nov 25, 2005

Timothy Barton wrote:

I've won the lottery hundreds of times, in different countries. I also have lots of rich distant relatives who have died and left me money in their will.

Then there are the really creative ones. The ones that mention someone dying in an air crash, and give you a BBC link to an article about a real air crash to try and make it sound more realistic.

I shouldn't really laugh about this, because a lot of people fall for it, which is why they do it. But I really do find it incredible that people really do fall for it.


Seriously it is not so funny when you think of all those who fall for it.

The very moment at which such stories become no longer funny is when some people actually start taking such scams seriously. That's why they fall for it.


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