Legitimacy of above office
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07 Aug 2006 17:10 PDT
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Question ID: 753619
EUROMILLIONS LOTTERY OFFICE. AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS. Kruslann st 77, 1098 SJ, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. IS THIS "LOTTERY OFFICE" LEGIT??? I received an email saying I won a prize: In a message dated 8/6/2006 4:24:15 PM Pacific Standard Time, email@example.com writes: Subj: CONFIRMATION OF PRIZE WINNING Date:8/6/2006 4:24:15 PM Pacific Standard Time From:firstname.lastname@example.org Received from Internet: EMAIL ANNOUNCEMENT: RESULTS OF THE EUROMILLIONS LOTTERY 30TH JUNE 2006 DRAWS - WINNERS NOTIFICATION Attention: Dear Prize Winner, RE: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR LOTTERY WINNING! This is your official winning notification issued by the EUROMILLIONS LOTTERY, organisers of the EUROMILLIONS LOTTERY and EUROMILLIONS Plus lottery. This message confirms that you have received from EUROMILLIONS LOTTERY OFFICE a notification of your lottery prize winning in the EUROMILLIONS LOTTERY draws of April 14th 2006 held at the The Netherlands Lottery Office. Lottery Winning No.: 6 15 16 40 43 1 2 Lottery Draw Date: 30 JUNE 2006 Winning Ticket Number: 2 16 35 34 Winning Group: 2ND Prize Winners Draw Number: 114 AMOUNT WON/PRIZE: â,¬ 887,536.10 - PAY-OUT IN EURO ONLY. Your entry ticket number drew as one of the lucky winning ticket number for the EUROMILLONS LOTTERY 2ND PRIZE DRAWS in which three lucky winners emerged. You have won a lottery prize amount of E 887,536.10 THOUSAND EURO. ABOUT EUROMILLIONS: ==================== The EUROMILLONS LOTTERY is world promotional lottery program organised by the joint European states comprising of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands and 8 other european nations as its partner.
Re: Legitimacy of above office
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 07 Aug 2006 17:53 PDT
This is a scam. Real lotteries do not notify winners by sending out email "form letters." Real lotteries do not award prizes by randomly selecting email addresses. It is best not to respond to such an email; any kind of response may result in your email address being passed along for further use by scammers and spammers. "Scam: You've won a large sum of money in a foreign lottery you don't remember entering. Status: Real fraud which generally costs its victim between $300 and $2,000... Just as the more usual Nigerian scam uses the lure of big money to be had for little or no effort to hook the unwary, so too do the 'lottery' versions first hypnotize the about-to-be-gulled with visions of rich windfalls in the offing before lowering the boom. Those who try to collect their 'winnings' soon find themselves on the receiving end of e-mails informing them that they have to fork over facilitation fees before the big payouts will come to them." Snopes Urban Legends Reference Pages: Whole Lotto Stealing Going On http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/lottery.asp More info from Snopes is available here: Snopes Urban Legends Reference Pages: Lottery Scam http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/info/lottery.asp These scam artists send out huge numbers of such emails, using various webmail return addresses. Here is an email that is virtually identical to the one you received: http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:kXhasw1pyeUJ:server11.infn.it/archive-cms-computing/5298.html Some good advice from New Scotland Yard: "Lotto frauds are becoming prevalent in the UK with promises of huge winnings arriving in the form of unsolicited e-mail or letters to UK residents. Invariably the communication will purport to come from an overseas lottery and claim that the recipient has been allocated winning numbers. The recipient will contact the organisers, whether directly through telephone, by post or e-mail and will be invited to send money in to assist in the administration for the release of the winnings. These winnings do not exist. This is merely a scam and attempt to illicit money from unsuspecting victims. As the winnings on offer are substantial, so too can be the advance fees required to release the funds... If you receive these communications do not answer." Metropolitan Police Service: Fraud Alert - Lotto Fraud http://www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/section/lotto_fraud.htm More advice, from the UK Office of Fair Trading: "To avoid becoming a scam lottery victim, remember these points: - ask yourself 'How could I win a lottery prize if I haven't bought a ticket?' - usually, if you win something you don't have to pay anything to receive your prize - once you respond to bogus promotions, your name and address is likely to be placed on other lists for similar scams" Office of Fair Trading: Lottery Scams http://www.oft.gov.uk/Consumer/Scams/Lotteries.htm Additional info: Federal Trade Commission: INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY SCAMS http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/intlalrt.htm WorldWideSpam: Online Lottery Frauds and Email Lotto Scams http://worldwidespam.info/lottery-scams/2006 My Google search strategy: Google Web Search: "euro millions" OR euromillions lottery scam ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22euro+millions%22+OR+euromillions+lottery+scam I hope this is useful. If anything is unclear or incomplete, please request clarification; I'll gladly offer further assistance before you rate my answer. Best regards, pinkfreud
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