by Brett M. Christensen

The GOLD RUSH PROMO INTERNATIONAL 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 “GOLD RUSH PROMO INTERNATIONAL” and no prize money.

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

REF: GRLT/457811786078/05

Dear our treasured lucky winner,
It is our pleasure to inform you of the announcement today as dated of our promotions programme held on April 20th, 2005.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 50,000 name of people living in the following countries: United Kingdom,Canada, America, Europe, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, Asia and Africa as part of our international promotions program conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries. The result of our computer draw 672 of this day selected your names and email address on the lucky jackpot winning number 40 – 24 – 91 – 96 – 50 -47 – 21, Serial number : NLGR 210725, Ticket number: 825GRLT, which consequently won the lottery jackpot grand prize awards in the 2nd category. As a result, you have been approved a lottery jackpot lump sum grand prize awards winning of US $1,500,000.00 ( One Million and Five hundred thousand US dollars Only) bonded and insured under a comprehensive insurance policy in your names for security reasons and credited to file Ref. No:.GRLT/457811786078/05 This is from the total prize of US $15,000,000.00 shared among the lucky winners in this category as part of our promotional programme for this year 2005. This is your opportunity that your fate has brought to you and we are honoured to have you in a master database. We hope with part of this prize award winning, you will take part in our subsequent lottery jackpots while we say,
You have the options of being paid by cash, certified bank draft or Swift Telegraphic Transfer. NO PRIZES WILL BE REISSUED AFTER THE 5TH DAY OF MAY, 2005!
ELIGIBILITY: This promotion is offered only electronically via the Internet and is open to all natural persons age at least 16 years and older with a valid email address and who live in any of the aforementioned countries.
This promotion is void in all other countries and also is Void where prohibited. Principals and employees of the National Lottery and its respective parents, subsidiaries and immediate family members of each are not eligible to claim their prize awards. We have always strived to keep the games easy to play and win, keep the games fresh and interesting, respond to emails from players/advertisers and lucky winners as quickly as possible and pay our winners as fast as possible after all statutory obligations have been duly completed on the part of Overseas winners. We feel we have accomplished this and this is probably one of the main reasons that we have been able to stay in business and rated the best national lottery organisation among others.
CLAIM PROCEDURES: For overseas lucky winners, it is our standard practices to allocate accredited agents for the processing of claim application on behalf of overseas lucky winners and payment of grand prize awards winning to the benefit of beneficiaries after all modalities have been completed satisfactorily. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised on final notice and as a matter of urgency, to contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lucky Winners for the processing of your prize awards winning and payment to your designated bank account after all statutory obligations have been concluded satisfactorily. Contact the under-listed institution by phone, fax or email for your application to be submitted and processed for payment thus:
Contact Officer: Mr. Frank Davidson
Customer Support Department,
T/f No: +31-626-728-273.
Fax No: +31-649-018-846.
Email: dpaequityandfin@financier.com
Email: frankdavidson@winning.com

Be advised to introduce yourself to your claim agent as allocated with a copy of this award notification letter and present your full contact information and valid means of personal identification as true beneficiary/lucky winner of this lottery jackpot grand prize to enhance your payment arrangements. IMPORTANCE NOTICE:
(a) Being an Overseas lucky winner, you constitute entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance to comply with the terms and conditions of claims to avoid any discrepancy in the cause of payment of your grand prize awards winning.
(b) Due to mixed up in some numbers and names and for the purpose of confidentiality, be advised to keep this award notification as secret from public notice until your claim has been processed and your prize money remitted to your designated bank account as this is part of our precautionary measures to avoid double claim or misuse of this programme by some social miscreants. Hence, your prize award winning is confidential as our winners are at liberty to remain completely anonymous until payment is effected to the benefit of the beneficiary. Our staffs are sworn to secrecy, so you will be the only one to know what you have won hence, this notification via this medium (EMAIL) to avoid interception of official letters.
(c) By this bonus grand prize awards winning, you acknowledge your understanding and acceptance to be added to our lottery master player database.
(d) By this bonus grand prize awards winning, you agree to receive our periodic mailings which will include, but are not limited to: Newsletters, Invitations to Play, Announcements for other Lottery Games and Offers we feel would be of interest to our master player.
(e) By this bonus grand prize awards winning, you understand that you have the right to be removed from any such mailing list which automatically disqualifies you from subsequent lottery entries. Removal instructions are on every mailing.
(f) Finally, we hereby do solemnly guarantee to maintain the privacy of our master players/lucky winners database and shall not make available for sale, rent, lease or misuse any information about our players/lucky winners. Hence, our staffs are sworn to secrecy thereby guaranteeing adequate security of personal information provided by our players/lucky winners. In conclusion therefore, you are to take cognizance of the limited time frame for claim processing and payment of your grand prize award winning hence, this is promotional programme prize awards for a stipulated period of time and therefore, be advise on final notice to begin your claim immediately hence, all prizes awards must be claimed and disbursed within the stipulated period tagged “End of Claim” date as elapse of this date will authorized funds withholding for redirection to Charity Account as abandoned/unclaimed without notice.
On this note therefore, we congratulate you for your grand prize awards winning and welcome you in our subsequent lottery entries. As always, we remain at your complete disposal.
Yours faithfully,
Dr. Jan Van Hoff,
Promotion Director.
International Promotions Unit

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,