Lottery scam quick guide: it's a scam if...

  • you win any lottery where you didn't buy a ticket! It's really that easy! It's not just too good to be true: it's bait in a trap!
  • you receive a generous grant out of the blue. Sadly (but not surprisingly) there aren't any benevolent people regularly throwing around millions of pounds/dollars/euros to randomly chosen people. This is just the lottery scam without the ticket.
  • they send you partial payment in the form of a cheque, money order, or direct bank transfer and want you to pay them fees out of that money. They're playing you for a sucker: cheques are frequently forged, and direct transfers made by compromising some poor schmuck's online banking service. You'll wind up a victim of fraud, or a party to it.
  • they want you to send them any money of any sort for any reason. They might try to say there are courier fees or taxes to cover. They're lying. Call their bluff and tell them to take the fees out themselves -- they'll never ever agree, because they can't defraud you unless money is making the reverse trip from you to them somehow.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

THE COCA'COLA COMPANY OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION

From: cocaproms966@aol.com <cocaproms966@aol.com>
Date: 04-Nov-2006 13:38
Subject: THE COCA'COLA COMPANY OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION
To: undisclosed-recipients

 
 
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COCA'COLA COMPANY
PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD
DEPTCOCA'COLA AVENUE
STAMFORD BRIDGE  LONDON .
SW1V 3DW UNITED KINGDOM
 
                  THE COCA'COLA COMPANY OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION
 
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws held on the (2th november 2006)  by Coca-Cola in conjunction with the British American Tobacco Worldwide Promotion,  your email  was among the 20 Lucky winners who won £1,000, 000.00 each on the THE COCA'COLA COMPANY PROMOTION 
 
However the results were released on the 6th of September, 2006 and your email was attached to ticket number (7PWYZ2006) and ballot number (BT: 12052006/20) The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. 
 
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. 
 
This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also licensed by The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public. 
 
In other to claim your £1, 000, 000 00 prize winning, which has been deposited in a designated bank. However, you will have to fill the form below and send it to the Promotion manager of THE COCA'COLA COMPANY for verification and then you will be directed to the bank where a cheque of £1, 000, 000 00 has already been deposited in your favor. 
 
NAME:...........................
AGE:........................................
SEX:........................................
ADDRESS:...............................
EMAIL:....................................

PHONE:...................................
OCCUPATION:.........................
MARITAL STATUS.................
COMPANY:..............................
COUNTRY:...............................  
 
Please you are advice to complete the form and send it immediately to our Promotion manager through email or fax for prompt collection of your fund from the designated courier company.  Do note that you are to contact the SCARLET COURIER DEPARTMENT Immedietly for the dilivery  of your winning fund.
 
(THE PERSON THAT IS  IN CHARGE OF YOUR DELIVERY FUNDS IS BELOW)
 
Name: William Gore
Phone:+44  701112410
Fax    :+44 707 502 4939
 
You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your ticket number and ballot number. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained).  
 
*Staff of Coca-Cola and the British American Tobacco Company is not to partake in this Lottery. 
 
Accept my hearty congratulations once again! 
 
Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Merriam Wilcox
(Online Coordinator)
 
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PAST WINNERS IN COCA-COLA ONLINE PROMOTIONS!!!



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2 comments:

yourpc1596 said...

I received the same thing with the same numbers just different dates. What a crock of crap. How dumb do they think we are???

Anonymous said...

I got the same one today. Different name on who to contact and different dates, same email.