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December 01, 2004

Would that it were true and not a scam *sigh*

I could have so much fun and do so many good things, and a few bad as well, with this much money. To bad these are evil people bent on preying on the weak and uneducated, or at least the pie-in-the-sky-dreamers amongst us. But it is a scam no matter how official it all sounds. Just a sampling of sites that talk about email scams:

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REF: LW907686 AND BATCH NO: 22/457/PE.



We are pleased to notify you of the announcement today of winners of the THE LOTTERY PROMOTION COMPANY LIMITED PROGRAMS held on 21st of October 2004 as part of our last quarter of the year bonanza.

You or your company, attached to ticket number 1416-4612, with serial number 458625 drew the lucky numbers 60-17-7-43, and consequently won the lottery in the "A" category.

You have been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$5,500,000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO: LW907686 This is from total prize money of US$16,500,000.00 shared among the Three (3) international winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn form 77,000 email address of individauls and company name at a ramdon from Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe and North America and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually and sponsored by major Companies in UK.


Your claims file has been forwarded to BLUE ARC LONDON LTD;

TEL: +447040101599
FAX: +447092840755
E-MAIL: [email protected]

For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. In your best interests and to avoid complications you must initiate contact within five days working permit of receipt of this MAIL. BLUE ARC LONDON LTD. will handle all matters with regards to claiming your prize. All correspondences to MR. FOREST ANDERSON, either by fax and/or email, should have this MAIL sent along with it and also, your FULL ADDRESS, your COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE and your EMAIL ADDRESS to which this email is sent, should be clearly and BOLDLY WRITTEN IN YOUR RESPONSE

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference LW907686 and batch numbers 22/457/PE in every correspondences with MR. FOREST ANDERSON. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform MR. FOREST ANDERSON. You are to keep all lottery information from the public as we will not entertain cases of multiple claims processing or compromise the privacy and security for all winners.

CONGRATULATIONS once again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.

Sincerely Yours,
Ms. Lisa Jones
Promotions Manager
Lottery Promotion Company Ltd.

N.B. Anybody under the age of 18 cannot participate in this program and any breach of confidentiality on the part Of the winners will result to disqualification. Do not reply to this mail. Contact your claim agent.

*Disclaimer: This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the addressee(s) named herein. If you are not the intended recipient or addressee, you should not use, disseminate, distribute, copy or alter this email. Any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and might not represent those of "THE LOTTERY PROMOTION COMPANY LIMITED." and/or its units.

Warning: Although reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure no viruses are present in this email, the company cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage arising from the use of this email or attachments. If you have received this electronic mail message in error, please contact the sender directly.

Posted by prolurkr at December 1, 2004 07:17 PM

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hey I recieved a similar letter, and gave them a bank account number empty and new yet an account number. Of course Im closing it as soon as I get off line, but what happens next? Let me know.

Posted by: bertha at January 25, 2005 12:39 AM

Just curious, it's an occupational hazard. If one has not actually entered the lottery through some means - say, purchasing a ticket or filling out a form - why would one believe they had won? Does just the idea of having that much money overwhelm?

Posted by: Lois at January 25, 2005 08:44 AM

Bertha, what happens next is that they ask you to put money into the account, so that it doesn't look suspicious, from a legal standpoint. Then they ask you to give them access to your account, and they pull out whatever funds you put in there, usually a few thousands of dollars.

Posted by: Rebecca at February 8, 2005 09:59 PM

I don't believe this, I actually fell for it. And they have my bank account no. now. I am sure they can't do any thing with it though. Great job on the mail though. Some body's ass needs to be kicked......

Posted by: Dirk at February 14, 2005 04:25 AM

what gets me is that they have a return address at which is aol number one interenet answer when you punch in london, and if this is an actural company, whom i have tried to contact several times they won't contact me in return concerning this matter. I even tried to contact the police in london to give them the infor on this scam and asked if they could get these people and its as if they want nothing to do with it. whats up i which there was something that could be done to catch them.

Posted by: bertha at February 15, 2005 01:06 PM is a portal site where the products and services advertised are placed for a fee. Anyone can list any site in their address, while it is misrepresentation it is not in and of itself illegal. Bertha the reason the London police may be disinterested is that although the emails give a London address the scammers are actually operating out of different countries then presented in the address. Many are in Africa or former Eastern-bloc countries where the legal system makes their arrest for international crime to be unlikely. The best way to combat these types of crime is through education. We all need to make sure that those around us understand that if it looks to good to be true it probably is not true.

Posted by: Lois at February 15, 2005 02:20 PM

Thanks for the heads-up!

Posted by: Sharon at February 20, 2005 12:51 PM

So I guess that this is a scam and i should not inquire about it

Posted by: ant at April 13, 2005 09:09 AM

I received contact from KENT PETER [email protected] (and JEAN CARTER Director online International Promotions Unit ELOTTERY INFO SERVICE [email protected]) saying I had won 500, 000 pounds sterling asking for 777.75 or 660.95 or 599. 2500 apparently British Pounds Sterling for various methods of delivery 14 Fratpm Rpad Fi;ja,. :pmdpm Ref" BTL/1010XI/01 Batch: 17/211/0374 BTL notification desk the draw # 954 of the BRITHIS INTERNATIONAL ELOTTERY ticket3 564 756 005 45 188 with serial # 5368/02 luck #S (12)-(43)-(06)-(15)-(02)-(40) bonus 3 (09) filr KTU/9023118308/03
Do you have any information on this:
David N. Penton
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1711 Graveline RD Gautier MS 39553-7633
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Posted by: Dr. David N. Penton at August 9, 2005 08:01 AM