The Real Exchange Lotto Promo lottery email shown below claims that the recipient has won money in an international lottery.
However, the claims are fraudulent. The email is not from any legitimate lottery organisation and you have not won any money. The message is an attempt to initiate a dialogue with you and then trick you into sending money and personal information to online criminals.
The email is a typical advance fee scam.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF: XYL /26510460037/02
BATCH: 24/00319/IPDATTENTION:RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 12th May,2004 of winners of the REAL EXCHANGE LOTTO PROMO ,THE GREENFORD/INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS AMSTERDAM held on 30thth April,2004 through computer ballot system Your company/You email,is attached to ticket number 023-1856-790-279, with serial number 5073-10 drew the lucky numbers 43-58-42-37-69-72, and consequently won the lottery in the first category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1.5 Million in cash credited to file REF:XYL /26510460037/02.
This is from total prize money of US$90,000,000.00 shared among the seventeen international winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn form 30,000 names from
Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
CONGRATULATIONS! Your fund is now deposited with a Finance House insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.0 Billion Netherlands International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact our International claim agent; Mr George Allen email:firstname.lastname@example.org Tel:+31-62-85-03-993 FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER/CONSULTANT,
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 28th June, 2004. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent.Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claim’s agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
Mrs Jantien Hendriek
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,REAL EXCHANGE LOTTO PROMO
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.
THANKS FOR WINNING.