Mega Lottery International - Email Lottery Scam Example
The Mega Lottery International 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 "Mega Lottery International" and no prize money.
Example of the Mega Lottery International lottery scam.
(Received from scammers, May 2004)
MEGA LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF Number : MLI/231-ILGI0431/04
BATCH Number : EAPA/15/096/PTNL
TICKET Number : 20511465897-6291
SERIAL Number : 472-971103
LUCKY Number : 8-66-97-22-71-64
RE : WINNING FINAL NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 29th of April 2004 Your E-mail address
attached to Ticket number 20511465897-6291 with Serial number 472-971103
drew lucky numbers 8-66-97-22-71-64 which consequently won in the 2nd
category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of US$
1,500,000.00 (One Million ,Five hundred Thousand United States
Dollars).This is from a total cash prize of USD$15,000,000.00 Million
shared among Ten International Lucky Winners in the Category A ( Plus )+ .
Be informed that your documents have to pass our authority to obtain a
clearance, which shall be attached to your Document in readiness of the
subsequent onward transfer into your nominated bank account with 24 hours
of completion of the authentication.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information very confidential until your claims have been processed as the
Beneficiary Certificate Ownership Winning Notification, Stamp duties and
re-activation of Account of your prize /money remitted in readiness of the
subsequent onward transfer into your nominated Bank Account is
This is in conformity with the latest transfer regulations signed by the
Organization / Netherlands Government since this is part of our Security
protocol measures to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program by some participants. All participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000,000 Companies and
200,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world,
through the aid of our insurance Company
This promotional program takes place annually. We hope you will take part
in our next year USD$45 Million International lottery.
To file for your claim, please contact our /your fiducial agent MRS
CATHERINE BLAKE the DOLLAR ACCREDITED PAYMENT AGENT
Email : email@example.com
NOTE: That all winnings must be claimed not later than 30th of MAY 2004.
After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.
Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Finally, we call on you to make sure that you note every letter clearly as
stated for we will not be held responsible should there be any
complications in this transaction due to laxity on your part. So you are
to expedite action in claiming of your funds, for delays will compel us to
disperse your funds, in other words, we shall divert your funds as stated
above. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and mistakes, Kindly remember
to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as
soon as possible.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotional program.
Mr Harry Herman