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Lottery Scams - Public Beware


 

Recently, a Universal City resident received a "Lottery Prize" scam letter by mail, with an enclosed check in the amount of $169,021.67. The letter and check's heading shows the business name BC Holding Group, Office 16A #1611-4500 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC, V5H-2A9 Canada. The chief of administration, Louise Ramose, tells the resident to pay an "international tax fee" in the amount of $1,590.00 by personal check, Money Order or Western Union, before the check can be cashed and that the resident "cannot cash the check before September 30th, 2004."

 

The letter also mentions "United States and Canadian government has officially certified this letter."

 

The scam letter also list a-toll-free telephone (1-888-537-6964) for the resident to call to ask questions.

 

Never send money to strangers.

 

The scam is possibly reaching other communities.

 

Typical email:

FROM: GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED LOTTERY PROMOTERS.
WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER

 

Dear Lucky Winner,

 

RE:BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded final
draws of De Lotto Netherlands International Lottery programs.

The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of
25,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an
advanced automated random computer search from the internet. No tickets were
sold.

 

After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as
one of two winners in the category "A" with the following:

 

Ref Number: 35149/337-5247/LNI
Batch Number:26371545-LNI/2004
Ticket Number:54866235

 

You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize
of ..........

Don't fall for it!


Another Example

 

INTRNATIONAL LOTTO CO-OPERATION S.A
APARTADO CORREOS NO 361,
AYENIDA DE ANDALUCIA NO 1,
29080 MALAG ESPANA.
FROM INTERNATIONAL CLAIMS DEPARTMENT,
PRIZE AWARD SECTION.
REF NO: LT/7914290166/CTV
BATCH: LM/51390-0/WGP


Attention:


AWARD LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATION.


We are pleased to inform you of the announcement Today , 2nd of December 2004 winners of the FAMOUS SPANISH INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION PROGRAMME FOR THE YEAR 2003 held on the 5th of December 2003.You were entered dependently by ANDALUZ VISTA MARRETING S.L. You were attached to ticket number 025-1146-1992-750, with serial number 2113-22 drew the lucky numbers 13-15-22-37-39-43, and consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$800,000.00 [Eight hundred thousand dollars] credited to file REF NO.: NM/BC 921245/KY13.Should there be any discrepancy in your name and address ,please do contact your claim agent with a copy of your correct data for correction.

 

This is from total prize of US$20,400,000.00 shared among the seventeen international winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 15 million names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe and North America and Africa as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.

 

CONGRATULATIONS!


Your fund is now deposited with our African correspondence security company in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. Please be informed that your above winning prize fund has been insured under insurance fund policy on monthly extended premium with your file and ticket, due to the failed effort to communicate with you on time and for security transfer to you WHICH MUST BE PAID BY YOU AFTER CONFIRMATION WITH YOUR PERSONAL PASSPORT OR NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD AS THE TRUE BENEFICIARY FOR CLAIMS .

 

As this is part of our security measure to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of the situation by other participants or impersonators. The deadline date of this notice is 24th of January 2005 by which lottery winning prize will be marked unclaimed and remitted back to the account of " SPANISH INISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y ILACIENDA" as unclaimed.

 

To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent Mrs. Magareth Paul FOREIGN SERVICE AGENCY/CONSULTANT.
E-mail: claim_agent05@yahoo.co.nz


For due processing and remittance of your prize . They are the security company responsible for the processing and transfer of your winning to you, after the completion of all formalities because you are a winner outside E.M.U {European monetary union}.Your security file number is M-42136-1154/H2 {Keep confidential} .Congratulations once again from all staff members of the center for international claims and thank you for your interest in International Lotto Commission Company S.A. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 24th of January 2005.

 

After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.


NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

 

To begin with the processing of your Award prize you are provide the underlisted informations so as to commence with the sprocessing of your Award prize immediately. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your
correspondences with your agent,with your full information.

 

Reference number:.................................

Batch number:.....................................

Full name:........................................

Age:..............................................

Sex:..............................................

Residential address:..............................

Nationality:......................................

Occupation:.......................................

Post held:........................................

Tel(s):...........................................

Fax:..............................................


Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

 

Congratulations again from all our staffs and thank you for being part our promotions program.

 

We will be awaiting a response from you as soon as you recieve this email so as to comence with the processing of your prize immediately when you submitt the requested information.


Sincerely,
Jim Wilson.


THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
FAMOUS SPANISH INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY .
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.

 

There is NO national lottery.
There are fishing for your personal information.
Just delete all of these scam emails

 

Australian Lottery, but based in Canada? If a cheque arrives - beware. Do not send money via Western Union or MoneyGram after receiving such a cheque. Remember, it can take more than a month for a foreign cheque to clear.

 

 

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