(Original post: 9-Mar-2007, Updated: 13-Mar-2007)
Until today, I’m still asked by random people how this prize can be claimed. This is a hoax, people! A scam! If you don’t understand English, I advise you to look in the dictionary for the word “hoax” or “scam”, or ask your friends who do understand English. You will NOT get any money from this, not a cent. They will be the ones cheating the money out of you.
Aren’t you curious at all on how scammers of such e-mails operate? I am. Hence, for the first time in my life, I decided to actually reply to this e-mail (see sample below) out of curiosity, to experience first hand how these idiots work. I’ve read stories of some poor people being duped because they were greedy enough to fall for these offers. So let’s just call my attempt an experiment, and I plan on bumping this post up as soon as I have anything to update.
DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARDS DEPARTMENT AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY COPORATION.
AWARD NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the lottery result winners of Australian International Lottery Programmes held on the 15th of Febuary 2007 from the Australian International Lottery programme. Which is fully based on an electronic selection of winners using their e-mail addresses.Your name was attached to ticket number; 675061725 9356460902 Serial Number 67749137002. This batch draws the lucky numbers as follows 2-9-23-35-46 bonus number 14, which consequently won the lottery in the second category. You are here by have been approved a lump sum pay of US$400,000.00 ( FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS) in cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 46704/03 from the total cash prize shared amongst Eight lucky winners in this category.
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated bank. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this programme by some participants. All participants where selected through a computer/mail balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses from, , , Asia, , , Africa and Oceania as part of our international promotions program which is conducted annually. This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomorate of some multinational companies and also the Australian Government as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the commmunities where they have operational base. Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our European representative office in , as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of US$400,000.00 will be released to you from our regional branch office in . We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for US$2.3 Million international draw.
HOW TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE: Simply contact our claims Mr. Rudolph John at;
To file for your claim . Please quote your Date of draw,Reference Number, Batch Number and Winning Number, which can be found on the top-left corner of this message. Also, you should give in your telephone number to help locate your file easily. For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize has been released to you and also to the public. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by non-participant or unofficial personnel.
Note: All winnings MUST be claimed before the 18th of March. 2007; otherwise all funds will be forfited. Congratulations once again on your winning!
JOSEPH HARRISON (MR)
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. CONTACT YOUR CLAIMS AGENT AT : firstname.lastname@example.org
ANY BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY ON THE PART OF WINNERS WILL RESULT TO DISQUALIFICATION
My reply 09/Mar:
Subject: Re: AWARD NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE(you are the winner)
Please let me know how I can claim my prize, thanks.
Date of draw 15th of Febuary 2007
Reference Number 675061725 9356460902
Batch Number 67749137002
Winning Number 2-9-23-35-46 bonus number 14
Cash credit file ref: ILP/HW 46704/03
I received this back:
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 22:34:59 +1100 (EST)
From: “AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY CLAIMS AGENT” <email@example.com>
Subject: WINNERS APPLICATION FORM FOR PAYMENT.(FILL AND RETURN INSTANTLY)CONGRATULATIONSI am glad to inform you that our databaseadministrator has crosschecked your details in our database and has confirmed you as the Beneficiary of $400,000.00 (Four hundred Thousand Dollars) from our concluded International draws.I will also like to inform you that you are in our second category winner status with file reference. I also wish to inform you that I have been appointed as your Fudicial Agent that will assist you claim your Price. A copy of the Winners Payment Application Form is attached below with this mail for you. Follow the steps to carry on with your claim:
1) Print out two ENLARGED copy of the application
2) Carefully read through it and Fill out Sections
3) Keep a copy with you; it will be required by your
bank when we transfer your money to you.
Scan the other copy of the completed form and send
it back to us in (48 hours) as an attached file,
through this same email address immediately. This
form is to enable us have comprehensive information
about you and also, how the prize you have won will
get to you.
As soon as we receive this form back from you, we
will inform our Head Office for your
winner’s certificate. This will be sent to you
as a bonafide Winner of Australian lottery award Inc
and will also mandate the paying bank to have your
won prize transferred to your designated bank account
after its notarization.
Incase of any difficulties with the procedure, feel
very free to contact me again. In anticipation of
your urgent response to this!
NOTE: THE BEST WAY TO TRANSFER YOUR PRIZES WILL BE
NOTIFIED TO YOU BY THE BANK.
DONT DELAY THE SUBMITTION OF THIS FORM.
Filled, signed using a fake signature and sent to Agent Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer the morning of 12-Mar (“Thank you. Here is my form already filled.”). Received the following just this evening:
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 20:01:25 +1100 (EST)
From:“AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY CLAIMS AGENT”
Dear Lucky Winner,
We acknowledged the receipt of your dully filled winners application form for payment. Your file has been forwarded to our head office for acquisition of your winner’s certificate. This (winners certificate ) will prove and present you as legitimate and bonafide winner of Australian lottery award.
On its acquisition, your claim files will be forwarded to the paying bank for processing and transfer of your winning through the means you specified in your winners application form. The bank will be contacting you any moment from now. Keep me posted and always contact me for further enquiries
Australian Lottery Claims agent.
(13/Mar/07) An email from “REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT EQUITY BANK PLC” arrived the next day. The email snapshots follow:
And text below:
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 07:12:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: “REMITTANCE DEPARTMENT EQUITY BANK PLC.”
Subject: RE:FILE:EQT/IHT/TIMBAH /600N111AH/LORNA/TRANSFER OF AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY WON PRIZE OF $400,000,00: (PAYMENT YET TO BE APPROVED) TRANSFER MODE: (TT)TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER. CONGRATULATIONS.
18b Administrative Headquarters RC 14457
Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR FOREIGN FUNDS
REMITTANCE & CASH TRANSFER DEPARTMENT
EQUITY BANK OF NIGERIA LIMITED
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org DATE-13-03-2007
RE:FILE:EQT/IHT/TIMBAH /600N111AH/LORNA/TRANSFER OF AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY WON PRIZE OF $400,000,00: (PAYMENT YET TO BE APPROVED) TRANSFER MODE: (TT)TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER. CONGRATULATIONS.
ATTENTION MR. TIMBAH LORNA:
Be informed that this bank have received from your regional Claims Office your Application Form for Payment and your winning file as well. Therefore we have commenced the processing for transfer and payment of $400,000USD, which is your entitled sum to your provided account coordinates or through the medium you specified in your claim documents.
The transfer will be based on the information provided in your Application form and everything must go in accordance with the ethics and policies of our banking regulation.
BANK TRANSFER STATEMENT
***INPUT MESSAGE TYPE: Customer Transfer
***ORDERING CUSTOMER: Australian Lottery Inc.
***TRANSACTION REFERENCE NO: 105B0439401
***AMOUNT WON: $400,000.00
***CURRENCY CODE: US Dollars ($)
In your application form we received the below banking coordinates to have your won prize transferred into and we are presenting it to you for your reconfirmation, We advise you make corrections or modification if necessary because we shall process your winning prize to the account information you provided in the application form. We are hence not liable for errors made by you typographically or otherwise that may delay the reflection of the fund in your account.
Moreover, we do request for a copy of your identification (drivers license,international passport, working identification or national identity card) sent to us . This is to ascertain your personality and the legitimacy of your claim. To avoid transfer of your won prize to another and double claiming of funds.
You are required to get back to us on the receipt of this email with the reuired documents so that we can proceed with the processing for your transfer.
On behalf of the Management of this Bank, I congratulate you on your winning and advice you make judicious use of your money.
ACCEPT OUR CONGRATULATIONS.
YOURS IN SERVICE
Equity Bank Plc.
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