This is new attack from those individuals that first brought
you the Nigerian Money Transfer or 4-1-9 advance fee scam. It first appeared in
Below is just one sample of the many versions that are
starting to appear across the world:
FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
ATTENTION: RE / AWARD NOTIFICATION; FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 2ND SEPTEMBER, of winners of the EL GORDO NETHERLANDS SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY / INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS held on 16TH AUGUST 2001.
Your company, attached to ticket number 025-1146-1992-750, with serial number 2113-05 drew the lucky numbers 13-15-22-37-39-43, and consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$1,200,000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO. EGS/2551256003/03. This is from total prize money of US$20,400,000.00 shared among the seventeen international winners in this category.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn form 25,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe and North America as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
Your fund is now deposited with a Finance and Security House insured in your name. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.
We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.3 billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent;
DANNY TAYLOR, FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
TEL: 31 619676795
FAX: 31 619690723
For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 15TH SEPTEMBER 2001. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
EL GORDO NETHERLANDS SWEEPSTAKES LOTTERY, n.l.
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.
There are versions that list lotteries/sweepstakes in Canada,
The Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and I expect that many other countries
are being targeted likewise. If you didn't enter a lottery then you didn't win
any money, don't get sucked in out of greed.
If you receive a message about this then please ignore it and don't pass it on as this only serves to propagate