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Global Share Lottery Scam
The Global Share Lottery
scam email shown below claims that the recipient has won money in an international lottery. The email is an attempt to initiate a dialogue with potential victims and subsequently trick them into sending money to the scammers responsible. There is no "Global Share Lottery" and no prize money.
Example of Global Share Lottery Scam Email:
FROM:THE DESK OF THE GLOBAL SHARE PROMOTIONAL NOTIFICATION:FINAL NOTICE AMSTERDAM
ATTN: LOTTERY WINNER,
NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Global Share Lottery Programs
held on April, 21st 2005 your e-mail address was attached to one of the
Ten winning ticket numbers with game Number
29902518.You have Therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of ?150,000.00
(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand euro)
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system from our
sponsor?s databases, including over 60,000 companies and 250,000 Individual
E-mail addresses and names submitted by our agents drawn from Asia, Africa,
Europe, North and South America, Oceania and around the world. To file for
your urgent claim, please contact our approved agent for your region.
Mr. G Menlo.
S.M AGENT B.V Lottery Agency
Post bus 4324
2000 BK Amsterdam ? the Netherlands.
It is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and to minimize
identification difficulties to advise you to keep this information confidential
until your claim is processed successfully and to avoid unwarranted abuse
of this program by some participants to please note that you will be
Required to pay for the issuance of your winning certificate and all winnings
must be claimed not later than 29th April, 2005.After this date all unclaimed
Winnings will be null and void. In Order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers
In all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address
do inform our agents as soon as possible. Congratulations once more and thank
you for being part of our promotional program.Note: Anybody under the age
of 18 is automatically