Summary: Email claims that the recipient's email address has been randomly selected to win a large sum of money in a Spanish lottery (Full commentary below).
Status: False - Email is an advance fee scam
Example:(Received, May 2009)
Subject: LOTERIA ESPANA
BATCH NO: X–8007891324–Z,
YOU HAVE WON
We are pleased to inform you on the release of E-Lotto Internet Promotional Draws Jackpot held in Madrid Spain on the 4th of March of 2009. Your e-mail address , attached to the ticket number 357–0146744–224, with the serial number 51228-07, drew the lucky numbers of 1-M-M-0-0-M+1-0 which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
All email addresses entered for these promotional draws were randomly inputted from an internet resource database using the Synchronized Random Selection System (SRSS).
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of 1,500,000.00 (ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS) in cash credited to your file with the REF.NO:ROEUSP7775553 AND BATCH.NO: X–8007891324–Z, to be paid through BANK TRANSFER.
Your winning prize is now deposited with a BANK insured with your REF.NO:ROEUSP7775553 for security reasons and will be released for payment by the order of the LOTTERY BOARD after the datas have been verified. We ask you to keep this award confidential and away from public notice until your claim has been processed and your cash remitted to you.
The beneficiary is responsible for the remittance charge of the prize to his/her country.
To claim your prize, please contact your claims agent below, and demand for your lottery claiming form.
MRS ANA SANCHEZ
JUAN FERNANDO HERNENDEZ
This email claims that the recipient has won a large cash prize in a Spanish based lottery. According to the message, the recipient's email address was randomly selected as a prize winner from an "internet resource database" using something called the "Synchronized Random Selection System (SRSS)". The recipient is instructed to contact the "claims agent" specified in the message.
However, the message is not from any legitimate lottery organisation and the claims in the message are lies designed to entice unwary Internet users into sending their money to online criminals. The supposed cash prize does not exist. Neither does the lottery system described in the email. The promised prize is simply the bait used to trick potential victims into contacting the scammers responsible for the message. Those who fall for the ruse and contact the "agent" to claim their winnings will be asked to pay a "remittance charge", supposedly to procure the release of their money. The bogus "agent" will explain to the "prize winner" that this charge cannot be deducted from the winnings for "legal reasons" and that the winnings cannot be released until all relevant fees have been payed in full. If the recipient goes ahead and pays the requested "remittance charge", the scammers will most likely request a series of other bogus "fees and charges". Such requests will likely continue until the victim belatedly realizes that he or she is being scammed or runs out of money to send. In some cases, the scammers will also trick their victim into revealing a large amount of confidential personal and financial information during the course of the scheme. The scammers may subsequently use this collected information to steal their victim's identity.
In order to make their claims seem more believable, lottery scammers often use names similar to those of real lotteries. For example, there is a perfectly genuine Loteria Nacional de Espana (Spanish National Lottery), so the scammers have therefore used the name "Loteria Espana" to capitalize on this. In some cases, the scammers may even include links to a genuine lottery website in order to make their cover story seem more legitimate. Of course, these names and links are used without the permission of the genuine lottery organizations they target.
Internet users should be very cautious of any message that claims that they have won a large sum of money in a lottery or prize draw that they have never even entered. Genuine lotteries or prize draws do not operate in this manner. It is highly improbable that any legitimate lottery organization would ever organize a prize scheme based on the random selection of email addresses. Any message that claims that you have won a large prize based on the random selection of your email address is quite likely to be a scam.