Please see this report from another of our readers.
The scammer is currently located in China. And in order to claim the fake $12.45m winnings, they would require you to pay for the “ATM card” which is $450 including delivery charges.
Only fake lottery require you to pay money (for anything) in order to get your money. If this is a real lottery, they could have simply deduct $450 from $12.45m and send you the balance. And what is $450 to an organisation running lottery. Never pay money to get a prize money. Its stupid.
Secondly, anyway, you cannot win a foreign lottery this way – without buying any tickets or active participation. And there are only a few legal lotteries that can be bought online. We recommend that you buy lottery tickets from your local/state lottery which is authorised. Best of all, don’t buy.
All the names used in the mails are fake.
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Sent: 12/25/2009 7:10:43 P.M. Pacific Standard Time
Subj: YOU ARE AMONG SBAL LOTTERY WINNERS
STANDARD BANK ASIA LIMITED
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS SECTION
PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made on December 15th, 2009 of winners of the SBAL LOTTERY PROMOTIONS.As part of our promotional
draws,participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all parts of the
world as part of our electronicbusiness Promotions Program. Note that you/your email address qualified for the draw as a result of your visiting various
websites we are running the e-business promotions for You/your company email address,attached to ticket number 230-365-3071 with serial number 710-43 drew
the lucky numbers 8, 5, 6, 24, 19, 34 and Bonus number 51 and consequently you won in the second category of the ICBC LOTTO DRAW. Your Winning Ticket Number:
230-365-3071 Your Serial Number: 710-43 Your lucky draw Numbers are: 8, 5, 6, 24, 19, 34 Bonus Number 51 Your INSURANCE Number: FLD718/470D/GMSA You have
therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$1,000,000 in ATM card, which is the winning amount for the Second category winners. This is from the
total prize money of US$12,450,000.00 shared among the international winners in the Second category. As you may know, we have arranged your payment through
our SWIFT ATM CARD PAYMENT CENTRE in Europe, America and Asia Pacific. This card centre will send you an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw your money in an ATM MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum is
($1000usd) One thousand Us Dollars per transaction. Also be informed that the total amount in the SWIFT ATM CARD is $1 million usd.
(1) Your Full Name:
(2) Your Address:
(3) Phone And Fax Number:
(4) Age and Sex:
(6) Your Nearest International Air Port in your City of residence:
To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent immediately.
Mr SAMUEL HUNG
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to
you.This is part of our security protocol to avoid dual claiming and unwarranted taking advantage by non-participants or unofficial personnel.NOTE: In order
to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers and other information provided above and below in
every one of your correspondences with your claims agent.
Congratulations! once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Thanks for your co-operation.
VICE PRESIDENT INT.PROMOTIONS
Standard Bank Asia Limited
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In a message dated 1/13/2010 8:54:36 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
SWIFT ATM CARD
BE INFORMED THAT YOUR INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED FOR DIRECT PROGRAMMING OF THE SWIFT ATM CARD ELECTRONICALLY DEVICE PAYMENT INSTRUMENT. YOU MIGHT BE VERY VERSE WITH THE SWIFT DEBIT CARD SYSTEN THROUGH THE (A.T.M) AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINE SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS BENEFICARY,S DIRECT ACCESS TO MAKE WITHDARWAL OF FUND FROM ANY INTERNTIONAL BANKS IN THE WORLD.
IT MIGHT INTEREST YOU TO NOTE THAT THE SWIFT CREDIT CARD SYSTEM OF PAYMENT WAS ADOPTED TO REDUCE THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROTOCOLS AS REGARDS (COST OF TRANSFER,VAT,TAXES AND LEVIE), IT WAS ADOPTED TO HELP BENEFICARY WHO ARE FINANCIALLY DOWN, WHO ARE NOT CAPABLE TO MEET UP WITH THE OBLIGATION OF PAYING BANKS AS A RESULT OF FEE ADMINISTRATIVE AND HANDLING CHARGES.
THE SWIFT ATM CARD SYSTEM WILL ONLY COST THE BENEFICIARY COST OF SHIPMENT VIA COURIER COMPANY
IF YOU ARE READY FOR YOUR ATM CARD, PLEASE INFORM ME AND I WILL INSTRUCT YOU ON HOW TO GET IT.
HOWEVER, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE ENTITLED TO THIS MONEY, ALSO YOU ARE THE REAL OWNER OF THIS FUND AS I WILL BE INFORMING YOU THAT THIS ATM CARD CONTAINS MAXIMUN OF $1 MILLION USD. AND EACH TRANSACTION IS $1000 USD MINIMUN ALSO BE INFORMED THAT THE TOTAL AMOUNT IN QUESTION IS $1 MILLION USD.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS
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In a message dated 1/14/2010 5:37:21 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, email@example.com writes:
SBAL Bank ATM s
The board of directors and trustees of SBAL Bank hereby want to inform you that your ATM card is not yet active. You have to pay for the activation of your ATM card, that will enable you use it in any ATM machine in your location. The activation fee of the ATM card is $300 only while the delivery charges will cost you $150.
1,Activation of your ATM card: $300
2,Delivery charges via FedEx services: $150
The total amount needed for your activation of your ATM card and the Delivery charges via FedEx services will cost you $450
Due to past experience with customers, No courier services now accepts cash on delivery mode (COD). I would also like to let you know that as soon as this requirements are met your SWIFT ATM CARD will be delivered to your doorstep within two working days.
If you are ready for your ATM card you are advice to contact me as soon as possible to enable us proceed with your delivery.
I await your urgent response.
Mr. SAMUEL HUNG
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Sent: 1/15/2010 2:36:38 P.M. Pacific Standard Time
Subj: PAYMENT INFORMATION
Find below the payment information you will use in sending us the money to enable us send the ATM to you as soon as possible.
Receivers name: Elvis Mecile
Receivers address: China
Amount: $450 USD
You are to send the money to me via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER.
Note that as soon as this payment is been made your ATM card will be activated instantly and ready for delivery to your door step. I would like to know when you will be making the payment.I await your urgent response.
Mr. Samuel Hung