Dec
15

Be Scam Smart

Just another fine day, i opened my mailbox as usual and what I see that i was rich and i got a lottery. Everything seemed to be so real as the lottery guys portrayed. Hey but one sec !! when did i just hit a lottery shop or a website ? You gotta be kidding me, i don’t play gamble nor do i believe in my own luck so much that i would waste a 100$ for lottery. But the prize money was there in my mailbox and a few easy steps can make me stand across my dream car,dream home and ofcourse 3-4 dream girls 😀

This is what everyone thinks when one looks at those charmy emails. The one i got is like this ::

________________________________________________________________________________________

Euro – Afro Asian Sweepstake Lottery
An Affiliate of Foundmoney International
Arena Complex Km 18 Route de Rufisque
I.P.P Award Dept.
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ref: EAASL/941OYI/03
Batch: 03/06/MA34

WINNING NOTIFICATION:
Attn:Dear Sir/Madam

We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro – Afro Asian Sweepstake
Lottery International programs held on the 1st of May 2004 in Dakar
Senegal.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545 188 with
Serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7, which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You have therefore been
approved to claim a total sum of US$4,500,000.00 (Four million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) in cash credited to file
KPC/9080118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of US $ 45 Million dollars,
shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning
information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money
Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All
participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over
40,000 company and 20,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all
over the world.

This promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted and
sponsored by Association of software producers. we hope with part of your
winning,you will take part in our next year US$20 million international
lottery. To file for your claim, please contact our paying officer:
Contact Person:Mr Peter Moyo
Foundmoney Int.
Email:pmoyo@lycos.co.uk

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 25th of
September,2004.After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the
next stake.Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications ,please remember to quote your reference number and batch
numbers in all correspondence.

Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon
as possible.

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. Thank
you for being part of our promotional lottery program.

Sincerely,
SIR T.U.Quarshie
AFRO-ASIAN Zonal Coordinator

________________________________________________________________________________________

Well ofcouse, this email is a fraud. But who does not like the money. Just like i got a phone call yesterday from one of my client. He is as old as 35 years, a well grown up man and he calls me in the middle of night and asking for 10 minutes from my sleeping time, cause he has some serious discussion to be made. Bah, it was about the lottery ticket he won just by sitting at his departmental store. When i confirmed the forgery of the email, he offended saying i do not want to help him cause he disturbed me from the sleep and he is going to take all the money himself.. bump there he bangs the phone.. Last time he met was having a sad face, i really do not wanted him to narrate the whole story that might had happened with him.

So guys beware of these kinda emails, they are not at all offering you anythin. So why do they do this all ::

1) To steal your identity and sell it over the internet.

2) To gulp a handful of money from you.

Results:

You get into a serious trouble, you can be even involved in any kind of legal issues due to strict laws of our respective countries and the cyber crime laws. Please trust me guys, these lottery mails are more often sent to SPAM email automatically but if one or the other comes into your mailbox, just simply ignore it.

Some Sample Topics which can Attract and dump you into uninvited troubles :

Winning Lottery All of a Sudden

critics: No one is going to give away the money this easy. And why would they ask you so hard, why can’t one of their agent just takes that sugarcoated offer :p
Microsoft Offered you free softwares

critics: Do you think Mr. Gillbates gonna allow doing that ? He insists them taking away the licenses after 10 years and does not recommend offering free junk codes :p

You got a job offer for USA offering you a H1 visa

Critics: When USA opens its H1 Visa once a year and that too get fills within 24hours, then how come you are so lucky that they are offering you into your mailbox.. oh boy, you gotta be kidding me 😀

Some prince/princess wants you to use his treasure or ancestor’s money in charity.

Critics: Charity and that too through you ?Ummmm.. Sounds interesting .. But where from the prince came ? No random email selection nothing works like this, just don’t get yourself into this trap even.

Some woman wants to divorce her husband and marry you and wants to make children with you

Critics: Hmmmm.. Now that is something which can make any guy think 100 times before pressing the delete button in his INBOX. But trust me, its again a SPAM. Many cases are reported everyday of the same kind.

You Met someone on matrimonial site and he/she wants you to offer him some dowry, gift etc before marriage

Critics: Just DO NOT fall into this trap. India reported 900 cases last year for the same, I don’t think you want to get counted in those stats :p