As I have shared many juicy emails with my readers; in which I won millions of dollars, Euro and pound sterling, but never received a single penny in my account or hand. Cybercriminals just knocked my door to tell me that I, the luckiest person in the world, have again won $2.0 MILLION US DOLLARS.
This time these cyber cowboys used the name of "FREE-LOTTO AFFILIATED OFFICE U.K ". One thing is just beyond my understanding, as I'm not a internet or computer specialist, how these bad peoples manage to use the domain name of "lotto.co.uk" for sending such malicious mails. If anyone of my reader can clarify this point; it will be great help for all internet users with which they can save themselves from such cyber victimization.
Let's go through the mail contents; I received today only.
From: FREE-LOTTO AFFILIATED OFFICE U.K (email@example.com)
Sent: Sat, September 25, 2010 7:06:03 PM
Subject: YOU HAVE WON $2,000,000.00 (Two Million United State Dollars)
FROM: GOVERNMENT ACCREDITED LICENSED
FREE-LOTTO AFFILIATED OFFICE U.K,
82 VICTORIA STREET VICTORIA LONDON SW1 U.K
We gladly announce to you the draw of the FREE-LOTTO on-line International
program held this month of September 2010. Your e-mail address was entered
as dependent clients with: Reference Serial Number: F2-003-036 and Batch
number R/45-300-07. Your email address attached to the ticket number:
54-20-17-52-34-30 that draws the lucky winning number, which consequently
won the Daily Jackpot in the first category A for the year 2010.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $2,000,000.00
(Two Million United State Dollars) in cash credited to file reference
This is from a total cash prize of £17,000,000 million shared amongst the
first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.
To file for your claim,
Please contact our FREE-LOTTO Fiduciary
Mr. Daniel Coleman.
(Free lotto Fiduciary Department)
82 Victoria Street
Victoria London SW1 U.K
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.
Kevin J. Aronin
Chairman & CEO
Copyright © 1995-2010
The FREE-LOTTO National Lottery Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Service
When I gone through a little investigation process I found few very good tips, on joewein.de LLC, which are worth sharing with my readers:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "million united state dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- ",000,000" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- "u.k " (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a fake lottery scam. Consider the following facts about real lotteries:
- They don't notify winners by email.
- You can't win without first buying a lottery ticket.
- They don't randomly select email addresses to award prizes to.
- They don't use free email accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc) to communicate with you.
- They don't tell you to call a mobile phone number.
- They don't tell you to keep your winnings secret.
- They will never ask a winner to pay any fees to receive a prize!
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
- +447024069821 (UK, redirects to a mobile phone in another country)
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (email address has been used in a known fraud before)