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.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Your email address have won the prize

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 06-Nov-2006 17:35
Subject: Your email address have won the prize


After a successful completion of the first category

You have emerged as one of the winners of the
promotional draws. Participants were selected through
a computer ballot system drawn from 30,000 email
addresses of individuals and companies from America,
Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East,
and New Zealand as part of our International
Promotions Program.

You/Your Company, attached to:
As a category (A) winner, you have been selected by
computer balloting system where only email addresses
are soughted,from a total numbers of 30,000 email addresses
drawn from all over the globe. After an automated computer
ballot of our International Promotions Program
consequently won in the first Category.(A)

You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of
2,000,000.00EUROS. Which is the winning payout
for first categories winners. This is from the total
prize money of 12,000,000.00Euros shared among the
six international winners in the FIRST categories.

You have to contact the (File/Claim Officer)
for immediate remittance your E-mail address won the lucky number.
To avoid mix up of numbers and names of any kind, we
request that you keep this award strictly from public
notice until the entire process of transferring your
claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to
your account.

This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by
participants of this program required by the

We also wish to bring to your notice our End of Year
(2006) high stakes where you stand a chance of winning
up to 13 million Euros; We hope that with a part of
your prize you will participate.

To begin your claims process of your winning prize,
please contact your claims agent through e-mail or telephone,fax
immedaitely you received this notification
for due processing and remittance of your prize money
to a designated account of your choice.

File/Claim Officer

manager International Remmittance/Credit unit
Facility Management Region
Citi Trust Finance & Security

TEL: 00-34 -649-615-960
FAX: 00-34-911-817-527

Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later
than november 30th 2006 after this date, all funds will
be returned as unclaimed
NOTE: To avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please remember to quote your reference and batch
numbers provided below in every one of your correspondence
with your claims agent.

You are to provide the below details,to enable the speedy evaluation and
processing of your winnings.
we advice that you adhere strictly to their procedures to avoid any
disqualifications and subsequent cancellation.

1.Your full names:

2. your full home / office address:

3. direct telephone/fax numbers:

the above detailed information will be absolutely necessary to file
in your claims.

Congratulations once again from all staffs of

thank you for being part of our promotions program.

Sincerely Your's,
Pena Lopez.

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the
winners will result to disqualification.

Please do not reply to this mail.

Contact your claims agent.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey frens, I want to inform all of you that it is completely false...
And I have experienced all this, first I deposited 540 GBP that is 45, 000 Rs. for Fund Release Order then I was asked for 1, 730GBP that is 1, 33000 Rs. by Natwest bank and I deposited that also. Now Steve Walters is asking 5, 000 GBP which is 3, 75000 Rs in the name of tax department of Bank of England. This time i refused and he is calling me a fool and an idiot and saying how can u reap where you did not sow. I have lost Rs. 1, 78, 000 and I would advise all those people who have got this SMS that please stay away. It is all a fraud. I confirmed from the official websites of Natwest Bank, Coca Cola, Bank Of England and Financial Services Authority and they all say that it is all a scam. I am showing the first email that I recieved from Steve Walters:

Prize Redemption Center - 34 Portland Street, London W1 9NU, England Tel: +44 700 580 1595


Dear Beneficiary,

We acknowledge the receipt of your mail with regard to the winning notification as earlier sent to your Mobile. The 2009 Coca-Cola/Windows Live Mobile Award is no doubt, a momentous achievement in the checkered history of this Corporation. You have been Awarded GB₤1, 000, 000.00 (One Million Great Britain Pounds)

On behalf of the entire staff of the Organization, I wish to congratulate all non-Governmental Organizations who have in no little way contributed immensely towards the success of this draw as well as taking concrete steps towards it's actualization. Your Mobile Telephone Number was selected randomly through our Computer Ballot System from World Mobile Telephone Directories. This promotion is part of the financial empowerment programme of the Coca-Cola Company of United Kingdom (CCC) in it's desire to Reward our Numerous Customers Worldwide.

While basking in the euphoria of this achievement, I wish to seize this opportunity to acquaint you with guidelines you must follow in order to complete your claims. On our part, we have a mandate to see you through. We will work assiduously to realize this mandate as we respect your views, opinions and most importantly protect your Privacy.

Please, Kindly provide us with the following information for Verification of your Prize;

Full name...
Home Telephone #...
Mobile Telephone #...
E-mail address...
Marital Status...

The following PIN# (Personal Identification Number) has been assigned to you and you are required to quote it in every mail that you send to us: CCC-09IMD1511

You are warned to keep your winning information to yourself until your fund is released to you to avoid double claim which will lead to absolute cancellation/termination of Award. We also do not tolerate Laxity and inconsistency in claim.

NOTE: This Draw is solely conducted by Coca-Cola Company, United Kingdom and cannot be claimed through any of our Regional Offices in your Country/Area. All communications must be through CCC, United Kingdom. We try to respond to every mail as soon as we can.

Once again, We congratulate you for this landmark achievement and implore you with the responsibility of ensuring successful claims. We shall get back to you with the Fund release Directives on our receipt of your personal details as requested above.

Kind Regards,
Steve Walters
(Prize Administrator)
+44755 136 5423


This message may contain confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail if you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. E-mail transmission cannot be guaranteed to be secured or error-free as information could be intercepted, corrupted, lost, destroyed, arrive late or incomplete, or contain viruses. The sender therefore does not accept liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this message, which arise as a result of e-mail transmission. The Coca-Cola Company does not take responsibility for Our users' personal views

8 hours 11 minutes ago by R.k. [send email]
These are the oter emails I recieved from Steve Walters:

Prize Redemption Center - 34 Portland Street, London W1 9NU, England Tel: +44 700 580 1595


Dear Beneficiary,

We are in receipt of your provided details and wish to thank you for your Co-operation.

Your fund is deposited with our Affiliate Bank here in UK as a sealed Bulk Deposit in a temporary Account and shall be sent to you on the Approval of your Fund release. You can either receive this fund by Telegraphic Transfer [Bank Wire] to your Account in your Locality or by means of a Certified International Bank Draft/Cheque.

You are advised to send the fund release Letter below to the Remittance Department of Natwest Bank Plc on so that they can process it and release your fund to you.

FAX: +44 700 593 8633



I write to apply for the release of my fund with regards to the winning notification that was received on my mobile from Coca-Cola Company of UK. I was made to believe that this GB₤1, 000, 000.00 (One Million Great Britain Pounds) is deposited in a temporary Account in your Bank.

I hereby request that your good Office should process my Application and release the Prize to me.

I wish to receive my fund by Telegraphic Transfer and shall provide you with my Account details when you approve my request or I wish to receive my Fund as a Certified International Bank Cheque and Shall provide full details of my postal /Mailing Address when you approve my request.

Yours Faithfully
(Your Full Name)

We are still processing your certificate of award and it shall be sent to you when we are done. Confidentiality must be maintained to avoid disqualification that may arise from double claim. Do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any difficulties in understanding the process as I will always be here to help you.

Let me know when the Bank contacts you.

Kind Regards,
Steve Walters
(Prize Administrator)

Dear Beneficiary,

We have told you that the reason why you are making the payment to the Financial services authority is because they need to get a Solicitor who will sign the documents on your behalf so that they can issue the fund release order to you.

As soon as the bank receives it, they will transfer your fund to you without anybody asking you for any kind of payment.
Also do not fail to contact the FSA and confirm the account that they gave you before making the payment. Write them and tell them the account that they gave you and ask them if you are allowed to make the payment as earlier stated to enable them issue the documents to you without delay.

Kind Regards,
Steve Walters
(Prize Administrator)

Dear Beneficiary,

I received your e-mailin good faith and wish to inform you that it was not our intention to make things diffucult for you before you get your award but after due consultations, we found out that the bank cannot transfer that large sum of money to you without you paying the cost of transfer of £1, 730 [ ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND THIRTY GREAT BRITAIN POUNDS] which is what they have asked you to pay.

However, I want to promise you that your won prize will be in your local account within 72hours if you pay the money to the bank. I must also inform you that you have to make the payment to them as soon as possible because any delay might result in complications so arrange the money and ask them if they can give you an account in your country where you can make a direct deposit so that they will transfer your fund to you as soon as possible.

Kind Regards,
Steve Walters
(Prize Administrator)

Dear Beneficiary,

I received your e-mail in good faith and wish to inform you that we got a call from the British Board Revenue Department of Bank of England stating that they have put a hold on your transfer because you have not gotten the Non-UK Residential Tax Clearance Certificate. We asked the why and they told us that your money when converted to India currency is within the region of 74 CRUM{ SEVENTY FOUR MILLION INDIAN RUPEES } so therefore you must obtain this certificate by paying 5, 000 GBP within five days so that they will allow the transfer to go through.

You can contact them on: { &} and ask them how you can make the payment to them so that they will allow your transfer to reflect in your account. We were made to understand by them that as soon as you get the certificate, they will allow the transfer to reflect in your account within 10hrs.

Get back to me as soon as you have contacted them.

Kind Regards,
Steve Walters
(Prize Administrator)
+44755 136 5423

8 hours 9 minutes ago by R.k. [send email]
Prize Redemption Center - 34 Portland Street, London W1 9NU, England Tel: +44 700 580 1595


Dear Beneficiary,

Onbehalf of Coca-Cola company Plc United Kingdom, we will like to bring to your kind notice that we do not engage ourself in any kind of hoax. This award is 100% legitimate as we have stated in our previous e-mail to you.

Its quite unfortunate that some irresponsible individuals go about using the name of this great company telling people that they have won a prize, some even quote the name of our staffs. We told you few days ago that we have been receiving e-mails and calls from India telling me about a prize they have won but we keep telling them to be carefull because the message they received is not from us.

We have done all we could for you but its your choice whether to continue with your claims or not because you are old enough to make your own decisions and we cannot decide for you but we will advise you to make a wise decision that will benefit you in the near future.

All our workers are well paid so none of them will even think of taken your little hard earned money from you thats is the reason why we set up this award to be helping average people like you. Let me know the decision you take at the end of the day.

Kind Regards,
Steve Walters
(Prize Administrator)