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Globalized Spam Claims Fake Lottery Winnings

August 7th, 2008

spam.jpgAfter surviving for almost a year with a relatively clean email address after I finally left Excite, the first instances of clearly recognizable spam have begun to creep into my inbox. Earlier today I received two copies of this message about a bogus prize award from a company called “Google Lottery International”.

Although most of us are familiar with the Google search engine, as far as I know this particular variant of the name does not exist as an actual organization. The two copies of the email contained exactly the same body text but the subject lines were different; one was titled “Congratulations You Have Won” while the other was simply labeled as “Google Lottery International”. In both cases, the sender was listed as “teresalummp”.

The overall content of the message is similar to the Irish Lottery spam that I received and reported on last year. In both cases, the purpose of the message is to harvest live email addresses by eliciting responses from the small percentage of people who naively believe that the mail is legitimate and attempt to claim the bogus lottery winnings.

If the spammer is actually contacted, the usual trick is to send a second message stating that some type of processing fee is required to release the prize money. If the recipient continues to follow through on the instructions, he or she eventually gets scammed after being tricked into initiating a wire transfer of money to the spammer. At this point the spammer will either ignore future contact or may continue to string the victim along with garbage information as a way of setting up additional scams.

As you have probably figured out by now, unless you are a professional scambaiter and really know what you are doing, it is never a good idea to actually reply to a spam email such as this. Even if you manage to avoid being scammed, any reply will indicate to the spammer that your email address is a “live” target, which will likely lead to additional spam messages in the future. Meanwhile, here is the content of the message for those who have not yet seen it and need to know what to avoid.


GOOGLE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
PROMOTION / PRIZE AWARD.
(WE ENCOURAGE GLOBALIZATION)

FROM: THE LOTTERY COORDINATOR,
GOOGLE B.V. 44 9459 PE.
RESULTS FOR CATEGORY “A” DRAWS

Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the First Category draws of E-MAIL LOTTERY organised by GOOGLE INTERNATIONAL. We are happy to inform you that your email address have emerged a winner of One Million (1,000,000.00) Euro, which is the winning payout for Category A winners. This is from the total prize money of Two Million (2,000,000.00) Euro shared among the 2 winners in this category. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program.

CONGRATULATIONS!
Your fund is now deposited with the paying Bank. In your best interest to avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we request that you keep the entire details of your award strictly from public notice until the process of transferring your claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to your account.
NOTE: To file for your claim, please contact the claim department below on email.
***********************************************
CONTACT PERSON:
MR. GEORGE PANOS
+30 69939 2000
EMAIL:luckyclaims@luckymail.com
LUCKY CLAIMS AGENCY
PERISTERI 109
11672
ATHENS , GREECE.
**********************************************
Find below your promotion date, Reference and Batch numbers. Remember to quote these numbers in your correspondence with your claims agent.
PROMOTION DATE: 6TH OF AUGUST 2008.
REFERENCE NUMBER: GLLINT/07/04/768970118. BATCH NUMBER: 78/09/230
Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.

Sincerely Yours,
MRS.DEBORAH SMITH.
THE PROMOTION COORDINATOR.



One Response to “Globalized Spam Claims Fake Lottery Winnings”

  1. comment number 1 by: Pinoy Rich Jerk

    scammers nowadays have different styles of making other people believe on them…better to be more extra careful especially when it comes to money matters.

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