Utility Trust Agency - Email Lottery Scam Example
The Utility Trust Agency 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 "Utility Trust Agency" and no prize money.
Example of the Utility Trust Agency lottery scam.
(Received from scammers, June 2004)
UTILITY TRUST AGENCY.
Ref. Number: 359/306/25921
Batch Number: 645338152-AD67
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held on the 4th June 2004. Your e-mail
address attached to ticket number 278541465006-4872 with serial
Number 1772-554 drew lucky numbers 5-14-18-23-33-39 which
consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been
approved for a lump sum pay out of US$500,000 (Five hundred
thousand United States Dollars) CONGRATULATIONS!!! Due to
information confidential until you file for your claim.. This is
part of our security protocol 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 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email
addresses and names from all over the World. This promotional
program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted and
sponsored by some eminent personalities who do not wish to
declare their identity for security reasons. To file for your
claim, please contact our fiducial Agent: Mr Martin Collins .
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Remember, all winning must
be filed not later than 30th of June 2004 or when authentic proof
is given for the delay of filing. Please note 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
agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our
members of staff and thank you for being a Winner in our
promotional program. Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is
automatically disqualified. Sincerely yours, Mrs Pride Telstra.
Lottery Co-ordinator. NB:REPLY