This was sent to me by a reader. It seems my reader replied to an initial scam email telling her she had won $1.7m. Fortunately she understood this was a scam and she has forwarded me the scammer’s reply and some very badly put together “official” documents which are supposed to prove the scam is a genuine win.
I’ve added the documents at the bottom of this post. Notice that in the second one, the scammer is asking the potential victim to send 1256 Euros. If you’re bored, you can have fun examining them for spelling mistakes and bad handling of whichever graphics package the scammer used to put them together.
Maybe I should run a “spot the mistakes” competition? Oh – and a “what is the scammer really called” competition.
Subject: WINNING PRIZE APPROVED FOR PAYMENT FOR USD$1.7M( ONE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY).
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 06:21:55 -0500
WINNING PRIZE APPROVED FOR PAYMENT FOR USD$1.7M( ONE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY).
Atten ,My Reader
After all necessary verification, from data provided, giving us the authority, to act as your claims agent and sol representative. We forwarded these data to the lottery company, and we just received nverification notification from them, which is positive.
We are pleased to inform you that the Miniterio de Justicia of Spain has approved the payment of your winning prize of this year Euro million Email lottery international. Which was credited the total sum of USD $1.7M(One Million Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only).
Ministerio de Justicia, has also notified us that before the paying bank, BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) can effect the transfer of your total winning fund to any of your nominated bank account or optional certify cashier cheque, you are required to pay the Municipal Task fee of your total winning fund to the Local Government of Madrid (AYUNTAMIENTO DE MADRID) via Ministerio de Economia Y Hacienda.
And are to Obtain the Municipal tax receipt from the Local Government in Madrid Spain Which is just €1.256.00 (One Thousand Two Hundred and Fifty six Euro Only )We shall Instruct you on how to make payment once we have acknowledge your email today. We assure you that as soon as you paid the Municipal Task fee of your total winning prize of USD $1.7M(One Million Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only).
Your winning fund will be transfer into any of your nominated bank account within 72 banking hours or optional certify cashier cheque would be issue to your name and send to you via register postal agency (D.H.L).
Note that your winning prize can not be deduct from, This is due to the strong insurance bond policy covering it until the Municipal task fee is paid and fund notarize and sign by a pub lic notary to the name of the be neficiary an d the winning email address. We look forward to your quick response on the above subject.
If you have any question Call Dr Pauly Ulrich on telephone No: +34-634-123-208 +34-634-123-208 Once again congratulations on this financial matter.
Mrs. Marta De Horna