Tuesday, December 11, 2007

If only it was real!

(photo taken by Flickr's The.Voyager)

Apparently, I'm a winner. I bet you've all had one of these too. Funny how I've never even entered any Euro Million lottery. I suppose at least they're not asking for my bank details - that'll be the next step.

If only it was real I would be in living in the south of France.

Oh, damn...I've just realised I was supposed to keep my win secret because of the risk of duplicate claims.


By the way, if you were wondering, Delores McNamara was a real winner of a real lottery...poor thing...look what happened to her. Perhaps I wouldn't want to win after all. Anyway to find out more about Euro Lottery Scams and others, click here.


EURO MILLION SPANISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL.
CALLE DE CIBELES 40, PISO 6, MADRID-SPAIN.
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REFERENCE Nº: EPT/110945/5208.
BATCH Nº: 045213/GDK.
DATE...11/12/2007.

WINNING NOTIFICATION.
Dear Beneficiary,

The Management and Staffs of the Euro Million Lottery Board wish to congratulate you over your email success in the Euro Million Spanish Lottery Email promotions program held on the 7TH OF DECEMBER 2007.Your E-mail address attached to ticket number: 146290, with serial number: 208 drew lucky star numbers: 11-13-26-34-44-48, which consequently won the lottery in the 2ND category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of €1.000.000.00{ONE MILLION EUROS} in cash credited to file with Reference Nº: EPT/110945/5208 and Batch Nº:045213/GDK. CONGRATULATIONS.

Due to mix up of some Email addresses, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 125,000 companies and individual email addresses from all over the world. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by the Spanish/European Lottery Board in conjunction with the World Gaming Board, in order to enhance and promote the use of Internet Explorer Users and Microsoft-wares around the globe; therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. This promotion takes place weekly.

To begin your claims, please contact your Claims Agent:
MR. ALAND DICKINSON PEREZ,
(CASER SECURITY COMPANY, S.A. MADRID-SPAIN).
CONTACT CLAIMS AGENT ON TEL: 0034-697-414-890.
Email: infocaserseguros@aim.com

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 3weeks (21days) on receipt of this notification. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake, and declared as unclaimed.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all correspondence with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your email address, do inform our agent as soon as possible.

NOTE: YOU ARE TO COMPLETE THE VERIFICATION FORM BELOW AND FORWARD IT TO YOUR AGENT, THROUGH THIS EMAIL: infocaserseguros@aim.com INORDER TO ENABLE THEM COMMENCE WITH THE PROCESSING OF YOUR WINNING FUNDS.

1) FULL NAMES:________________________________
2) CONTACT ADDRESS:___________________________
3) CITY/STATE:________________________________
4) COUNTRY:________________________________
5) NATIONALITY:________________________________
6) OCCUPATION:_______________________________
7) SEX::____________________AGE:_______________
8) MARITAL STATUS.:_____________________________
9) TELEPHONE NUMBER::__________________________
10) MOBILE NUMBER:_____________________________
11) FAX NUMBER:_______________________________
12) AMOUNT WON::_____________________________
13) REFERENCE Nº:_____________BATCH Nº:__________
14). ALTERNATIVE EMAIL ADDRESS IF ANY:_____________

Congratulations from all members and staffs of Euro Million Lottery Board.
Sincerely,
DON. ADOLFO ALVES MENDEZ.
(PROMOTIONS MANAGER).

.....................................................................................

NOTE: The first jackpot was worth 15 million Euros. The highest has been over 183,000,000 euros, which was won by three people. The largest single winner was Delores McNamara who won €115.6 million ($139,000,000 or £77,000,000).

6 Comments:

Baba said...

Things like this always amuse me slightly, although I'm very embarrassed to declare that I know someone who would have fallen for this hook, line and sinker....in fact this person actually fell for a very similar hoax and rang me to declare that she was the proud owner of a holiday home and yacht in the south of france.......oh dear!! XX

pog said...

Yes, do not give any of your private details to these people. I'm sure you didn't. (http://www.hoax-slayer.com/email-lottery-scams.html)
If you remember, in the good old days when we used to get those emails from some poor Nigerian who needed to know our bank account details to depostit a large some of $... eeek! :-)

Ruby in Bury said...

I had one of these today in fact. Didn't bother opening it but the sender was "Euro Lottery" and the subject field said "Congratulations!" As I deleted it, I think I mumbled to myself something like "Congratulations on what? I haven't entered anything"!!

(I tend to talk back to spam subjects that annoy me while I go through them to delete. It's usually "I haven't even got one, so why would I want to enlarge it?" :-D)

Paul F said...

I received (note spelling) this the other day. Needless to say I am not a customer. A few tell-tale signs???

Dear Alliance & Leicester Business Banking customer,
We are currently performing regular maintenance of our security measures for online banking and customer databases.
We apologize for the inconvenience but your account was randomly selected for verification and you'll be taken through a short authentication process.
To start now please click here.
Please note! If we don't recieve the appropriate account verification within 24 hours since you've got this email your online access can be suspended until further notice. The purpose of this verification is to ensure your account has not been fraudulently used and you're not a victim of identity theft.
Thank you for understanding and helping us improve.

picklesmum said...

Beware! There are some very authentic looking Ebay and Paypal ones doing the rounds too. Neither of these companies would ask for information in this way either.

21st Century Mummy said...

Hi Baba - oops I hope your friend didn't give over their bank account details. xxx

Hi Pog - thanks for the tip - that hoax-slayer site is very good. I've used it before. I also recommend that when people get an email about a virus or an amazing offer that they do a search on the internet with the exact wording. It saves so much time and prevents useless emails being forwarded on.

P.S. hope you are settling in in Mildenhall ;-D

Hee Hee Ruby - Are you sure you don't need the kit kat enlarging.
(for other readers who would like to be in on the in-joke, you need to go and have a look at www.livinginburystedmunds.blogspot.com ;-D

Hi Paul - thanks for sharing, fraudsters are so helpful arent't they ;-D

Hi Picklesmum - I agree...Ebay and Paypal lookylikies are at it all the time. ;-D