Friday, January 15, 2010

Your fake prize was chosen by a computerized email selection machine

This is a wonderful scam message, with many classic spam elements: A prize to a contest you didn't enter. Random-sounding ticket numbers. Warnings about a "possible mixup" of numbers and contacts. A request for a personal information. Tons of other gibberish.

The contact with a fancy title, in this case, "Senator," is supposed to help make the scam sound legitimate; often, these messages reference a member of the clergy, or an attorney or judge. However, no matter how you slice it, the message is 100% pure scam. Don't reply, don't be fooled by such messages.

Date: Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 9:01 PM
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!YOU WON USD$1.3M (One Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars)FROM COCA-COLA COMPANY.

YOU WON USD$1.3M (One Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars)

The Europe/America private international e-games are pleased to inform you of the result of the final concluded draws which was conducted at our international corporate office complex here in LONDON-UK, by Coca-Cola in conjunction with I pod Worldwide Promotion and ACCULOTTO.COM Group International

Your email was among the 20 Lucky winners who won USD$1.3M (One Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars) each in the Coca-Cola Company 2010 online Promo.

This draw is being organized to enhance awareness and publicity of the Coca-Cola Zero product. The foundations also seek to courage the use of Internet for academic and business pursuits. It major aim is to promote music,theater,art,literature, projects in the social and political arena with a focus on health, as well as science, research, and higher education

However the results were released on the (Mon 11th of January 2010) With winning numbers 11 28 30 45 49 58 and Bonus number 16 and your email was attached to ticket number (7PWYZ2009) and ballot number (BT:12052009/20) The online draws was conducted by a random selection of email addresses from an exclusive list of 29,031,643 E-mail addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet.

However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ). This Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR).This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.

Further more your details(e-mail address) falls within our African representative office in Nigeria, as indicated in your play coupon and your prize of USD$1.3M (One Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars), will be released to you from our regional branch office in Nigeria.

We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes for USD$1.3 Billion international draw.


To begin your claims, kindly contact our Nigerian fiduciary agent at below contact

DIRECT PHONE LINE:+234-704-259-5730

Please Contact SENATOR EDWIN CLARK immediately you receive this message for more information or send your reply to this email:

1. Full Names: ..........................................
2. Residential Address: ..........................................
3. Phone Number: Mobile Home ..........................................
4. Fax Number: ..........................................
5. Occupation: ..........................................
6. Sex: ..........................................
7. Age: ..........................................
8. Nationality:………………….
9. Ballot No. :.......................
10. Ticket No:........................

*You are advised to forward these information’s as soon as possible to enable he attend to your file. This email is registered and sent only to a certified coca-cola online Promo winner. Due to possible mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by some participants of this program.

Staff of Coca-Cola, ACCULOTTO.COM Group International and IPO Worldwide Promotions are not to partake in this programmed.

Accept our hearty congratulations once again!

Yours Faithfully,

From the Management


All claims must be made before the 27th of January, 2010

You don't want to sponsor mishaps, do you?

This unfortunate message came from a real university mailbox — from a hacked student account. That helped it get through spam filters. I enjoyed the line where the spammer took "pains" to find me through a "random web search."

Humor value aside, this is a scam, pure and simple. Don't be fooled, don't reply, to any message like this.

From: "Charters, Ann"
Date: January 15, 2010 2:18:21 PM PST
Subject: Confidential Business Proposal

Dear Prospective Partner,

My name is Avans Kilmberry, I trained and work as an external auditor for Bahrain Development Bank (BDB) in the Kingdom Of Bahrain, working as part of a bigger team that covers the entire Middle East region. I had taken pains to find your contact through a random web search using the deceased name.

On routine audit check last year, I discovered some investment accounts that had been dormant for at least twelve years. All the accounts belong to a single/one account holder with monies totalling a little above Twenty Seven Million, One hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars ($27,150,000 USD). Now banking regulation/legislation in Bahrain demand that I do notify the fiscal authorities after a statutory time span of twelve years when dormant accounts of this type are called in by the Kingdom Of Bahrain Monetary Regulatory bodies.

The above set of facts underscores my reason of writing and proposing to you. My investigations of the said account reveals that the investor, an American had died in 1997 which was the exact time the account was last operated. I can confirm with certainty that the said investor died intestate and no next -of -kin to his estate has been found or has come forward during the past years.

I am of a settled conviction that using my insider leverage, I, working with you can secure the funds in the account for us instead of allowing it to pass as unclaimed funds into the coffers of the Government of Bahrain (who might likely use it to sponsor their religion Mishap/terrorism). This is especially possible as you bear part of the NAME of the said investor. This exactly is why I crave your participation and co-operation. I am seized with all relevant documents (legal and Banking) that will facilitate our putting you forward as the claimant/beneficiary of the funds and ultimately transfer the money to an account to be nominated by you. Of course you shall be handsomely rewarded for your part in this transaction as the people I am working with are prepared to allocate a 45% slice of the total funds for your efforts.

I shall however leave out the final details of this transaction till I receive an affirmation of your desire to participate. Rest assured that I am on top of the situation all the time and there will be no risk whatsoever if you elect to come on board. Needless to say, UTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY is of vital importance if we are to successfully reap the immense benefits of this transaction.

I do expect your prompt response.

Avans Kilmberry

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How many countries for our scammer friend?

The fake "Mrs. Patel" sure gets around. She forged a Polish email address, but the message originated from a Dutch server. The reply-to header's address lists, which is in India. The service is in Canada. And the scam mentions Benin and South Africa, and a host of other countries. Is that supposed to make it more credible?

In any case, this message is a scam. Don't be fooled, don't reply.

From: "Mrs Aarti Patel"
Date: January 12, 2010 4:42:50 AM PST
Subject: Re: LETTER TO YOU ??


ATTENTION: Dear Friend

I have a proposal for you - this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will. I am Mrs Aarti PATEL and I am a 59 years old woman. I am a South African married to an American national.

I was the President/CEO of CON OIL INTERNATIONAL-an oil servicing company in Johannesburg . I was also married with no child. My husband died 6years ago. Before this happened my business and concern for making money was all I was living for and I never really cared about other people. But since the loss of my Husband and also because i had have no child to call my own, I have found a new desire to assist the helpless, I have been helping orphans in orphanages/motherless homes/humanitarians. I have donated some money to orphans in Sudan , Dominica , Rep. du Congo, Spain , Botswana , ?sterreich and some Asian countries. IN SUMMARY: - I have 18,000,000.00 (Eighteen Million) U. S. Dollars which I deposited in a security company in Cotonou Benin republic as a family treasure & artefacts, please I want you to note that the security company does not know the real content to be money and I want you to assist me in claiming the consignment & distributing the money to

Before I became ill, I kept $18 Million in a long-term deposit in a security company which I declared as a family treasure & artifiarts.I is in the hospital where I have been undergoing treatment for oesophageal cancer and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations.

Now my questions are:-

1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?

If you can sponsor this transfer, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Finally, it is my humble prayer that the information as contained herein is accorded the necessary attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves. I Expect your urgent response if you can handle this project. Email me at

May the good Lord bless you and your family?

Best Regards.
Mrs Aarti Patel