Friday, June 10, 2005

Dutch Lottery Scam alive and well

The Dutch lottery scam, presenting itself as the MULTIDAG LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL is still in business, promising huge wins to unsuspecting victims. What exactly happens when you do respond to claim your “winnings” I’m not quite sure but it’s most likely to involve a “processing fee”, a “transaction fee”, or an “accounting fee” which seems small compared to the $1,500,000 you’re about to “receive”. Alternatively they may require your bank details (oops!) to “transfer the winnings” (these guys really do "play to win"). Needless to say, this is nothing but a trap to make you part with substantial amounts of cash. I quote from the lengthy email:

MULTIDAG LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL - PROMOTIONAL PROGRAM

ADDRESS: GELDERLANDPLEIN 717, 1203 LV, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS.

REF: MDLI/XLV2005-01

BATCH: 7730/U45/ZMAtt: Winner, RESULTS FOR CATEGORY "A" DRAWS

Congratulations to you as we bring to your notice, the results of the Category "A" draws of MULTIDAG LOTTERY Program. We are happy to inform you that you have emerged a winner under the First Category, which is part of our promotional draws. The draws were held on the 8th June 2005. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 4,000,000 names/email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand as part of our International Promotions Program. You/Your Company, attached to ticket number 05-765204AC, with serial number 90-77 drew the lucky numbers 2, 1, 20, 39 and consequently won in the Category "A". You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of $1,500,000 (0NE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS) in cash, which is the winning payout for Category "A" winners.

Etc, etc. (my intervention)

This lottery program was organized by our group of philanthropist promoted and sponsored by Mr. Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc, eminent personalities like the sultan of Brunei, Multi Choice and other corporate Organizations. This lottery program was organized to improving the use ofcomputer software and for the benefit of every Microsoft user.To begin your claim, please contact your file processing officer.

Mr. Reuben Seligson Wash

OF MULTIDAG LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL

Email: (deleted by me)
Email: (deleted by me)
+31 625 385 239

Kind Regards,MRS FRIZT MARRION DER

DIRECTOR OF PROMOTIONAL PROGRAM


As you can see, this one harks back to “Bill Gates, the great philanthropist[sic]. If you buy into this it’s definitely a case of “buyer beware”…


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4 Comments:

At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been a victim of this. I wonder that I have sent my Indentification (by scan) and some information about my ATM number for them.
Could you give me any advice for this.
Looking forward and thank you so much
Please mail for me according to the e-mail address: ngocoanh1602@yahoo.com

 
At 7:04 AM, Blogger opencarolskysun said...

I also receive such a letter but I choose to trust it.... it's very attractive to a poor student...

 
At 7:06 AM, Blogger opencarolskysun said...

I forget to ask Gert, have you received the letter? and would you trust it?

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger Gert said...

opencarolskysun,

it must be clear from the title of the post ("Dutch Lottery Scam alive and well") that I'm convinced the letter is indeed no more than an attempt to extract money from you. Firstly usually by means of the requirement to pay a "registration fee", then (when YOU have passed the test as a "gullible believer") they will attempt to access your bank account by means of the details you provide them with.

These scams invariably target the poor and desperate, like yourself.

Do not pay anything to them, or (heaven forbid!) give them details about your bank account.

REPEAT: leave well alone!

 

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