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    Foreign Lotteries/Lottery Scams


    This is an email variation on a scam that entices peopled to buy tickets in a foreign lottery. In this particular version, you’re sent a notice by email, telling you that your email address was entered into a lottery and you’ve won a large sum of money.

    The strange part is that you might never have entered the lottery in the first place. Below is an example of an email message telling me that I’d won a lottery that I’d never heard of.

    From:Tagged T

    Date:Apr 19, 2009 10:22 AM

    P O Box 1010
    Liverpool, L70 1NL
    (Customer Services)
    Ref: TAG/9420X2/68
    Batch: 074/05/ZY369

    We happily announce to you the draw (#953) of the TAGGED INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on the 28th of March,2008.

    Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 12-18-22-24-32-33(bonus no.), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.

    You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand US Dollers) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.

    This is from a total cash prize of $4,000,000 shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.

    All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly.

    Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.In view of this, your $500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

    Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.

    For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.

    This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.

    To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
    Mr. Mark Wilson,
    Mobile Number:+4470359 81299

    Good luck to you , from me and members of staff of the TAGGED INTERNATIONAL COMPANY.

    Yours faithfully,

    Online coordinator for TAGGED INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY

    Does this message make you suspicious? It should!

    Here are some things to be aware of: Playing foreign lotteries is against the law. Most foreign lotteries are fake. You’ll be asked to pay processing fees, such as taxes, insurance, etc. (which could be thousands of dollars). Once you pay, the scammers are gone – with your money and your chances of getting the money back are next to zero.

    They will try to get you to share your bank account information with them. If you do so, they could withdraw money from your account.

    Never reply or participate in these offers. Report them to: spam@uce.gov

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