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South Australia Lotteries Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Lottery scams are one of the most common types of fraudulent email currently hitting inboxes. The South Australia Lotteries email shown below is an example of one of these scam emails. Be wary of unsolicited email that informs you that you have won a large sum of money in an international lottery. There is no lottery and no prize. Those who initiate a dialogue with the scammers by replying to the lottery scam emails will eventually be asked for advanced fees to cover expenses associated with delivery of the supposed “winnings”. They may also become the victims of identity theft.

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


Example:
South Australia Lotteries,
23 Rundle Mall, Adelaide,
South Australia.
(South Australia Lottories is an affiliate of Overseas Subscriber Agents). Arena Complex 14 Donegall Square West, United Kingdom.

From: Ariel Bertis
e-mail : arielsbertis@universia.edu.ve
(Lottery Coordinator)

Sir/adam,

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the South Australia Lotteries Winners International programs held on the 25th, July, 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket #: 00903228100 with prize # 778009/2 drew €1,000,000.00 which was first in the 2nd class of the draws.

you are to receive €1,000,000.00 (One Million Euros). Because of mix up in cash pay-outs, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your money (€1,000,000.00) has been fully remitted to you by our accredited pay-point bank. This measure must be adhere to avoid loss of your cash prize – winners of our cash prizes are advised to adhere to these instructions to forestall the abuse of this program by other participants.

It’s important to note that this draws were conducted formally, and winners are selected through an internet ballot system from 60,000 individual and companies e-mail addresses – the draws are conducted around the world through our internet based ballot system. The promotion is sponsored and promoted by South Australia lotteries. We congratulate you once again. We hope you will use part of it in our next draws; the jackpot winning is €85million.

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20 days. After this date all unclaimed cash prize will be forfeited and included in the next sweepstake.

Please, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote personal and winning numbers in all correspondence with us.

Congratulations once again from all members of South Australia Lotteries. Thank you for being part of our promotional program.

For immediate release of your cash prize to you, please kindly contact our Paying Bank ( Deutsche Bank, Amsterdam.)

Send them the following:
(i). Your names, (ii) Contact telephone and fax numbers (iii) Contact Address (iv) your winning numbers (v) Quote amount won.
Contact the paying bank with the following:
Contact person: Mr. Tom Morris,
Deutsche Bank, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
E-mail:custservicesinfo@netscape.net
Tel: 31 621-916-606
Fax: 31-847-504-579
Congratulations once again.
Yours in service,
Ariel Bertis
(Lottery director)


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