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VIRGIN PROMOTIONAL AWARD SCAM

by Brett M. Christensen

The VIRGIN PROMOTIONAL AWARD 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 “VIRGIN PROMOTIONAL AWARD” and no prize money.

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


Example:
VIRGIN PROMOTIONAL AWARD
FROM: INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF: ESP/2539/2/05/USA
BATCH: 0053/034/JHD/SA
RE: WINNING NOTIFICATIONSir/Madam
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 21st of April 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 010342 with serial number 3510-12 drew lucky numbers 4-23-345-23-33-88, which consequently won in the 2nd category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 1,000,000.00 Euro. (One Million Euro)

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100,000 company and 50,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three-year. We hope with part of your winning you will take part in our end of year 50 million Euro international lottery. To file for your claim, please contact our fiducially agent MR. ADRIAN COOPER of the,
CRYSTAL CONSULTANCY S.A
TEL: 0034-637-708-803
Email: imperialsa@netscape.com

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 16th June 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next year stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Carol Stevenson
Lottery Coordinator.


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