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Bono Lottery International Program Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

The Bono Lottery International Program 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 “Bono Lottery International Program” and no prize money.

For more information about Lottery Scams see:
Email Lottery Scams – International Lottery Scam Information


Example:
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION

FROM THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS AWARD DEPARTMENT

Ref: FER/8309/1209/26
Batch:387-768-857
Winning No:897/WBR/318

Attn:

We happily announce to you the draw of the Bono Lottery International Program held on the 4th of May , 2005.

Your name “email address” was attached to ticket number; 12324277 serial number 6663817262 This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 2-9-22-23-24-30 bonus number 5, which consequently won the lottery in the second category.

You hereby have been approved lump sum pay of ?1,500,000.00 (ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS)file Ref: FER/8309/1209/26 from the total cash prize of ?15,000,000.00 shared amongst ten lucky winners,based on their category.

All participants “email address” were selected through a computer balloting system drawn form Nine hundred thousand names from Canada,Australia,United States,Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceanic as part of our internationalpromotions program which is conducted annually.

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by some multinational companies as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base.

To process your claims you are hereby advice to contact the apponted agent below with your Full Name, Contact Home and Office Address Tel & Fax Number for easy communication.

MR.CHRIS BROWN
JOSE MARIA AGENCIA SPAIN
EMAIL: josmariaagencia@netscape.net

Please quote your reference, batch and winning number which can be found on the top left corner of this notification as well as your full names and address to help locate your file easily.

For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize released to you.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid dual claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participant or unofficial personnel.

Note, all winnings must be claimed before 15th of july 2005 otherwise your prize will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity.

Congratulations once again on your winnings!

Best Regards

Susan Zeaman
Co-ordinator
BONO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL SPAIN.


Importance Notice

After 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 You

I 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 Date

Hoax-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!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer