According to this email, you have won 750,000 Rand via a lottery organized by the African Trading Reward Programme.
Supposedly, you were chosen as one of the winners via a “new java-based software that randomly selects email addresses from the web”.
The email instructs you to complete a form and submit it to your “claims agent” to organize the payment of your prize money.
However, the email is just another advance fee lottery scam. You have not won any money. The “African Trading Reward Programme” only exists in the imagination of the crooks who are trying to rip you off.
If you take the bait and submit your claim form, you will soon be told that you must send money upfront to cover various fees and expenses. The scammers will warn that, if you don’t send the money, you will lose your claim to the supposed prize. They will insist that the fees cannot be deducted from the prize itself due to legal or insurance restrictions.
Once you send the first lot of money, the scammers will continue to demand that you send even more. They will invent a range of imaginary fees that they will claim you must pay in advance before you can get your prize payout. Eventually, you will likely realize that you are being conned and stop sending money.
At that point, the crooks will disappear with all of the money that you have already sent. You will no longer be able to contact them and there is almost no chance that you will ever get your money back. And, of course, you will never get the promised lottery prize, which never existed in the first place.
And, to make your situation even worse, the crooks may manage to steal your identity using all of the personal and financial information that you have submitted during the course of the scam.
Advance fee scams like this one have been around for many years and long predate the Internet. Don’t be taken in by any claim that you have won a large prize in a lottery or promotion that you know nothing about and have never entered.
Real lotteries do not harvest the Internet for email addresses and then randomly select a few as winners of large cash prizes. That is simply not how things work in the real world. Any such claim is sure to be a lie.
If one of these scam emails comes your way, do not respond. Just hit “delete”.
An example of the scam email:
Subject: African Trading Reward Programme
African Trading Reward Compensation team
The Local Organizing Committee of the 2020 African Trading Reward Compensation team is proud to inform you that you have won Seven Hundred & Fifty Thousand Rand (R750,000.00)on the 2020 African Trading Reward Programme .we are very pleased to inform you that Your email address was amongst those chosen ,this Year’s from ATRP new java-based software that randomly selects email addresses from the web from which winners are selected.
Your Winning Reference Number is: SATRP-39-825P-4
Batch Number: 74-263-N23Q.
SERIAL NUMBER: 513-10
Please contact your Claims Agent Mr. D. Johnson for your Prize claim, send your reference, batch number and all the above information to your claims agent.
PRIZE CLAIMING INSTRUCTION:
You are required to forward the following details to help facilitate the processing of your claims and certificate which will facilitate your Winning Prize is to the tune of (R750, 000.00).
PLEASE FILL THE BELOW FORM AND SEND IT BY EMAIL OR FAX TO OUR PAYING AGENT, TO ENABLE THE PAYING AGENT PROCEED ON YOUR PAYMENT.
1. Full Names:
2. Your Full Address:
3 Your City/Province.:
4 Date of Birth.:
5. Sex :
6. Your Occupation:
7. Your mobile number:
8. Your winning Email Address :
TO RECEIVE YOUR PRIZE,CONTACT OUR PAYMENT AGENT WITH THE FOLLOWING DETAILS:
Contact Person: Mr. D .Johnson
Tel: +27 762 016 826
Please keep this form confidential from public to avoid double claiming and contradiction over the receiving of your fund. Very important, Lottery rules says that you must be 18 years and above to be able to claim a prize.
CONGRATULATIONS, ONCE MORE FROM THE ENTIRE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF THE ATRP ORGANIZING COMMITTEE TO ALL OUR LUCKY WINNERS THIS YEAR. THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THIS YEAR’s AFRICAN TRADING REWARD COMPENSATION’s PROGRAM. OUR SPECIAL THANKS AND GRATITUDE TO AFRICAN RETAILS AND ALL THE ASSOCIATES FOR ALLEVIATING POVERTY ROUND AFRICA.
This message is confidential and intended for the named addressee(s) only. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by E-Mail return and then delete this message from your system. You should not copy or use it or disclose its contents to any other person. If any part of this message is illegible or if you suspect that the message may have been intercepted or amended, please contact the sender. We cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this message without further investigation
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!