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WEST-LINK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY SCAM
The WEST-LINK 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 "WEST-LINK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY" and no prize money.
Example of WEST-LINK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY Scam Email:
FROM:THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
WEST-LINK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL/PRIZE AWARD DEPT
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 01/01/2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number BS3164591-6011 with
serial number 732134,batch number EIL/6365/NL/04,lottery ref number JB527711 and drew lucky numbers 6-37-46-85-77 which consequently won in the first category.
you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 500,000.00 EUROS.
Due to mixed up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some past winners.All winners were selected through a computer ballot system drawn
from over 40,000 company and 20,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.
This promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by
Association of software producers.However,you have authomatically qualified to take part in our next year 20 million(Euros)international lottery.To file for your claim,please contact our paying officer;
Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20th of
February,2005.After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in
the next stake.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.
You are required to communicate ONLY with the payment office stated above in all your correspondence.
Congratulations once more from our members of staff.
Note:If you are under the age of 18yr,you are automatically disqualified.