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Chinese Olympic Committee Lottery Scam

Summary:
Email claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in a lottery promotion organized by the Chinese Olympic Committee for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games (Full commentary below).



Status:
False

Example:(Received from scammers, February 2008)
CHINESE OLYMPIC COMMITTEE LOTTERY DRAW

Towards creating general mass awareness and follow ship of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, The Chinese Olympic Committee in conjunction with BLUELAKES LOTTERY PROMOTIONS are organizing a monthly lottery programme.Your e-mail address won in the 2nd dip and that has won you the lump sum of US$1.5 Million .

All winners including your humble self are required to use a part of their winnings for the development of ANY grassroots’ sport {s} in your locality or for a charitable purposes in your locality that will bring hope to the downtrodden. Your winning information, fell under our European payment center,PLEASE CONTACT THE PAYING BANK NOW IN NETHERLANDS ,your REF # is :-EU/2457/2008/008

Also send the following information to them,so that they can start in earnest the payment process of this winning prize sum of US$1.5Million in your name and favour,they are:-

A}Your Full Name{s}

B}Your contact street address:-

C}Your nationality{Your country of origin}:

D}Your contact telephone numbers:

E}Your age:

F}Your occupation:

PLEASE CONTACT:--

THE PROCESSING OFFICER,
POSTBANK NL
HOLLAND-
NETHERLANDS.
E-MAIL:-lottclaimpostbnk@aim.com


Congratulations
Yours Sincerely.

Li C. Lee






Commentary:
Scammers seldom miss an opportunity to capitalize on current news, disasters, or important upcoming events. In this case, the scammers have used the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing as a ruse to separate the unwary from their money.

According to this scam message, the Chinese Olympic Committee, along with an outfit known as "Bluelakes Lottery Promotions", are jointly organizing a monthly cash draw with the goal of "creating general mass awareness and follow ship of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games". The message claims that his humble self, the "lucky" recipient has won 1.5 million dollars. It asks that the winner use some of his prize money to "bring hope to the downtrodden".

©iStockphoto.com/Justin Horrocks

Lottery Scam Awarness
Messages claiming that you have been randomly selected to win a large prize should be viewed with the utmost suspicion
Of course, the claims in the message are all outrageous lies designed solely to trick the recipient into responding. The promised prize is entirely fictional and the message certainly does not have any connection whatsoever with the Chinese Olympic Committee. Those who believe the claims in the message and reply will soon be asked to send fees supposedly required to procure the release of the prize. If the victim does send the requested fees, further demands for money are likely to follow. The criminals organizing the scam will continue to steal their victim's money until he stops sending payments or his coffers run dry.

Once they become involved in one of these scams, victims can quickly become immersed in an escalation of commitment phenomenon. In spite of being presented with compelling evidence that they are being scammed, some victims will continue to pay the requested fees in the forlorn and futile hope that they will eventually see the promised return on their investment.

Moreover, during the course of the scam, a victim may inadvertently provide a large amount of personal information. If the scammers collect enough such information, they may manage to steal their victim's identity. In this example, the initial email immediately asks the recipient to provide some personal details. Once a victim becomes embroiled in the scam, seemingly innocent requests for more personal information are likely to follow.

Such scams are not difficult to recognize. Strange grammatical constructs and poor spelling are often immediate giveaways. Moreover, applying a bit of logic to such messages should soon set alarm bells ringing. Organizations such as the Chinese Olympic Committee simply do not randomly distribute millions of dollars in cash prizes to people who have never even bought a ticket. Such claims are absurd. Unless you have explicitly entered a competition and provided your details, any message that claims that your email address or name has been randomly selected to win a large prize is almost certainly a scam. Legitimate lotteries and prize draws do not operate in this manner.

Be cautious of any unsolicited email, fax or letter that informs you that you have won a large prize in a competition that you have never entered.

For more information about scams of this nature, see:
Email Lottery Scams - International Lottery Scam Information


Last updated: 6th February 2008
First published: 6th February 2008

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

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