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Global Share Lottery Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

The Global Share 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 “Global Share Lottery” and no prize money.

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


Example:
FROM:THE DESK OF THE GLOBAL SHARE PROMOTIONAL NOTIFICATION:FINAL NOTICE AMSTERDAM
THE NETHERLANDS
Batch number:434501790-ANL/05
OUR REF:05/AMSTEL0030204/EU
YOURREF:EMAIL606/EU05

ATTN: LOTTERY WINNER,

NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Global Share Lottery Programs held on April, 21st 2005 your e-mail address was attached to one of the Ten winning ticket numbers with game Number 29902518.You have Therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of ?150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand euro)

CONGRATULATIONS!!

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system from our sponsor?s databases, including over 60,000 companies and 250,000 Individual E-mail addresses and names submitted by our agents drawn from Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, Oceania and around the world. To file for your urgent claim, please contact our approved agent for your region.

Mr. G Menlo.
S.M AGENT B.V Lottery Agency
Post bus 4324
2000 BK Amsterdam ? the Netherlands.
Tel: +31-617-612-660
Fax: +31-641-202-297
Email: smagentbv@netscape.net

It is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and to minimize identification difficulties to advise you to keep this information confidential until your claim is processed successfully and to avoid unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants to please note that you will be Required to pay for the issuance of your winning certificate and all winnings must be claimed not later than 29th April, 2005.After this date all unclaimed Winnings will be null and void. 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 agents as soon as possible. Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program.Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

Yours faithfully,
Ashok Nelson.


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