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  1. Vickie_M

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    I know it's a scam, but I can't figure out what the scam is about, what they're trying/hoping to do. I get a lot of spam, and this is the first one of these I've seen. Any thoughts?

    The weird formatting is exactly how I received it. I use Eudora and did a "blah blah blah" to get as many headers as possible.

    Btw, I don't play any lottery and have not entered any contests out of the US.

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    FROM: THE PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
    WORLDWIDE PREMIER LOTTO, UK


    Congratulations Category A prize winner! You have


    been
    selected as one of two winners of the Worldwide


    Premier Lotto UK
    computer ballot draws and thus will be a privileged


    recipient of
    the grand draw prize of £ 7,500,000 (Seven million


    five hundred
    thousand Great Britain Pounds only). Winning File


    Reference
    number for your prize is WWPL/UK/ 61-812084; ticket


    number 003-214-34/A.


    We in the Worldwide Premier Lotto UK is by this


    program,
    launching our model computer balloting lottery


    draws,
    developed and designed to satisfy the cravings of


    the ever growing
    number of participants in our various lottery


    programs. With funds
    accrued exclusively from previous draws, payouts to


    all
    winners are guaranteed and will be transferred in


    record time.


    After randomly selecting 15,000 participants from an
    initial database of 300,000 emails and zoning all


    participants by
    their respective continents from across the globe,


    we produced an
    extensive list from which you have emerged as one of


    the
    winners of the Grand Draw prize.


    To ensure a smooth collection of your winnings, the
    transfer of your prize is to be handled by our Prize


    Transfer agents.
    You are to contact our agents by email and/or fax


    within a week
    of receiving this notice. Please find full contact


    details
    below:


    Mr. Simon Perchard
    Finance Director
    Link Finance and Trust Ltd.
    20 - 24 St. Leonard's Road
    Windsor SL4 3BB, United Kingdom
    Great Britain
    Fax: +44 7092812692
    FOREIGN SERVICE NUMBER: +8821646655614
    Email: [email protected]


    Also find all other relevant winning lottery


    information
    below:
    (deleted in case, hey, it's really real, not that I'm gullible or anything)


    You are seriously advised to keep all winning


    lottery
    information and numbers from the public in line with


    our
    company security protocol to avoid double claiming


    and unwarranted
    abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals.


    Please direct all further correspondences and


    queries to
    your respective category Prize Transfer handlers.
    Congratulations once again from the Worldwide


    Premier Lotto family.



    Sincerely,


    Jansen Arent
    International Promotions Manager
    WORLDWIDE PREMIER LOTTO, UK.
    FAX: +44 7092813189.



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  2. Vickie_M

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    I know it's a scam, but I can't figure out what the scam is about, what they're trying/hoping to do. I get a lot of spam, and this is the first one of these I've seen. Any thoughts?

    The weird formatting is exactly how I received it. I use Eudora and did a "blah blah blah" to get as many headers as possible.

    Btw, I don't play any lottery and have not entered any contests out of the US.

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    FROM: THE PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
    WORLDWIDE PREMIER LOTTO, UK


    Congratulations Category A prize winner! You have


    been
    selected as one of two winners of the Worldwide


    Premier Lotto UK
    computer ballot draws and thus will be a privileged


    recipient of
    the grand draw prize of £ 7,500,000 (Seven million


    five hundred
    thousand Great Britain Pounds only). Winning File


    Reference
    number for your prize is WWPL/UK/ 61-812084; ticket


    number 003-214-34/A.


    We in the Worldwide Premier Lotto UK is by this


    program,
    launching our model computer balloting lottery


    draws,
    developed and designed to satisfy the cravings of


    the ever growing
    number of participants in our various lottery


    programs. With funds
    accrued exclusively from previous draws, payouts to


    all
    winners are guaranteed and will be transferred in


    record time.


    After randomly selecting 15,000 participants from an
    initial database of 300,000 emails and zoning all


    participants by
    their respective continents from across the globe,


    we produced an
    extensive list from which you have emerged as one of


    the
    winners of the Grand Draw prize.


    To ensure a smooth collection of your winnings, the
    transfer of your prize is to be handled by our Prize


    Transfer agents.
    You are to contact our agents by email and/or fax


    within a week
    of receiving this notice. Please find full contact


    details
    below:


    Mr. Simon Perchard
    Finance Director
    Link Finance and Trust Ltd.
    20 - 24 St. Leonard's Road
    Windsor SL4 3BB, United Kingdom
    Great Britain
    Fax: +44 7092812692
    FOREIGN SERVICE NUMBER: +8821646655614
    Email: [email protected]


    Also find all other relevant winning lottery


    information
    below:
    (deleted in case, hey, it's really real, not that I'm gullible or anything)


    You are seriously advised to keep all winning


    lottery
    information and numbers from the public in line with


    our
    company security protocol to avoid double claiming


    and unwarranted
    abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals.


    Please direct all further correspondences and


    queries to
    your respective category Prize Transfer handlers.
    Congratulations once again from the Worldwide


    Premier Lotto family.



    Sincerely,


    Jansen Arent
    International Promotions Manager
    WORLDWIDE PREMIER LOTTO, UK.
    FAX: +44 7092813189.



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  3. Vickie_M

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    I just plugged "Worldwide Premier Lotto" into Yahoo search and came up with this:

    http://www.g6csy.net/spam/lotto.html

    It's definitely a scam. A bizarre one though. They don't ask for anything.
     
  4. Vickie_M

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    I just plugged "Worldwide Premier Lotto" into Yahoo search and came up with this:

    http://www.g6csy.net/spam/lotto.html

    It's definitely a scam. A bizarre one though. They don't ask for anything.
     
  5. Justin Lane

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    I would guess that if you contact them and they lead you on, they will eventually ask for a bank account to transfer the money or an address and social security number for verification/tax purposes. At that point they will either drain your account or steal your identity.

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    I would guess that if you contact them and they lead you on, they will eventually ask for a bank account to transfer the money or an address and social security number for verification/tax purposes. At that point they will either drain your account or steal your identity.

    J
     
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    Good! 3rd option - you won't get a cent until you pay the taxes up front.

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    Good! 3rd option - you won't get a cent until you pay the taxes up front.

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  9. Keith Mickunas

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    I've gotten a couple of similar ones from the Netherlands I believe. Both stated that foreigners would have to pay a special processing fee of $750 or thereabouts to claim the money. My guess is that's what'll happen with this, or as Glenn suggested they'll ask for the taxes up front.
     
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    I've gotten a couple of similar ones from the Netherlands I believe. Both stated that foreigners would have to pay a special processing fee of $750 or thereabouts to claim the money. My guess is that's what'll happen with this, or as Glenn suggested they'll ask for the taxes up front.
     
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    For the record - there's no tax on the Brit Lotto, and in recent months there's been no unclaimed big prize.

    The scam is the 'processing fee' that will be charged.

    There is of course no processing fee and in fact if you really do win the Lotto in the UK I believe you get a group of financial advisors for free (I'd have thought you could have afforded these for yourself) to advise you on how to invest your winnings.

    Again for the record - the most I've ever won is £20. I sometimes think the only way I could get rich from the lottery would be to set up a scam like this.
     
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    For the record - there's no tax on the Brit Lotto, and in recent months there's been no unclaimed big prize.

    The scam is the 'processing fee' that will be charged.

    There is of course no processing fee and in fact if you really do win the Lotto in the UK I believe you get a group of financial advisors for free (I'd have thought you could have afforded these for yourself) to advise you on how to invest your winnings.

    Again for the record - the most I've ever won is £20. I sometimes think the only way I could get rich from the lottery would be to set up a scam like this.
     
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    That name "Jansen Arent" looks like a Dutch name, but it is just a tiny bit wrong.

    This scam could be heading to a request for "processing" money or taxes (no need to tell you that you don't have to pay taxes on these kind of winnings in the Netherlands - it's already paid - nor any processing fee), or even more cash, or else a rather complicated way to retrieve another live e-mail address (like those "fill in this IQ-test" pop-ups).


    Cees
     
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    That name "Jansen Arent" looks like a Dutch name, but it is just a tiny bit wrong.

    This scam could be heading to a request for "processing" money or taxes (no need to tell you that you don't have to pay taxes on these kind of winnings in the Netherlands - it's already paid - nor any processing fee), or even more cash, or else a rather complicated way to retrieve another live e-mail address (like those "fill in this IQ-test" pop-ups).


    Cees
     
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    A translation of the above:
    "To ensure a smooth collection of your winnings"=
    TO ensure that you allow yourself to be scammed

    "the transfer of your prize" =
    the transfer of all of your money into our Nigerian bank account

    "is to be handled by our Prize Transfer agents."=
    will be perpetrated by Guido the killer extortionist.

    "You are to contact our agents by email and/or fax"=
    Send Guido your bank account number right away

    Justin is right: they want to drain you. In this, it is like the Nigerian scams.

    Who ever won anything from an unsolicited email anyway?
     
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    A translation of the above:
    "To ensure a smooth collection of your winnings"=
    TO ensure that you allow yourself to be scammed

    "the transfer of your prize" =
    the transfer of all of your money into our Nigerian bank account

    "is to be handled by our Prize Transfer agents."=
    will be perpetrated by Guido the killer extortionist.

    "You are to contact our agents by email and/or fax"=
    Send Guido your bank account number right away

    Justin is right: they want to drain you. In this, it is like the Nigerian scams.

    Who ever won anything from an unsolicited email anyway?
     
  17. Johnny_M

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    i get these everyday. just delete them and move on with your life.


    Johnny
     
  18. Johnny_M

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    i get these everyday. just delete them and move on with your life.


    Johnny
     

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