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:email@example.com 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.
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!