Its got to be a scam, but how does it work

  xania 10:37 02 Nov 2007

Just received 2 copies of an email telling me I've won some $6.3m in a lottery I did not enter. No doubt others will get the same thing, but does anyone know what the actual scam is, please. E-mail reads as follows (note that the e-mail does not display a To:> line:

From: [email protected]
Date: 02 Nov 2007, 06:18:39 AM
Subject: Prize Info

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Claims Agent:-
Ronald White
Email: [email protected]
North Dakota.
Draw Details:
Ref Number: PW 9590 ES 9414
Batch Number: 573881545-NL/2006
Ticket draw Number: 18, 21, 23, 26, 32
"Hot Ball: 15" WINNER ONLY
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the last final draw of our
International Programs. After this automated computer ballot,
your e-mail address emerged as a winner in the category
Hot Ball: 15" with the following numbers attached Ref Number:
PW 9590 ES 9414, Batch Number: 573881545-NL/2006 and Ticket
draw Number: 18, 21, 23, 26, 32, You are therefore to receive a cash prize of
$6.31 Million
(SIX MILLION THREE Hundred Ten Thousand United States Dollars)
from the total payout.Your prize award has been insured with your
e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting our requirements
, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report.

To file in for the processing of your prize winnings,

you are advised to contact our accredited claims agent above for immediate
of your winning with the information below:
Name In Full,Address In Full,
Telephone/Fax number In Full,
Yours Faithfully,
Donald Baldwin
Lottery Coordinator.
A division of Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL).

  birdface 10:48 02 Nov 2007

They normally ask for your bank details so that they can transfer the cash into your bank account,But probably transfer it out.It would be nice to win it. I won 970.000 Euro's about a month ago.My god I could have done with that.But unfortunately if you don't enter you can't win.Still on my beans and toast.Money is not everything but it helps.I received mine by letter,So they try every dodge going.I would like to know if you are a pensioner or not,As I have the feeling that they are only targeting pensioners.You wonder where they get the names and addresses from.

  roy 11:01 02 Nov 2007

That email address is not for North Dakota, it is African and I would guess is Zambian.

  roy 11:03 02 Nov 2007

I was referring to the 'Claims Agent', Ronald White.

  Stuartli 11:05 02 Nov 2007

Just delete it and treat it with the contempt deserved...:-)

  xania 11:23 02 Nov 2007

Retired twice but still not claiming state pension - now on my third job. You can't keep a good man down.

STUARTI - of course, but I was curious.

Thanks all.

  keef66 11:37 02 Nov 2007

If you responded they'd tease a bit more information out of you with each contact, and at some stage as Marg7 says, they'd be after your bank account.

I still find it astounding just how easily some people are hooked and reeled in.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 11:37 02 Nov 2007

There are much easier ways of getting bank account details as anyone who uses a cheque or debit card should know. What happens next is totally reliant on greed and stupidity; you send off the details and then you are asked for a 'processing' fee of £39-£99 and that is where the scam lies. This sort of scam is known as Advance fee fraud for the simple reason that the perpetrator relies on convincing you to hand over money on some pretence or another. Of course a few people will cough up the money but if they are so dense that they think they have won a Lottery that they did not enter, they deserve to have the cash taken from them.


  Arnie 11:44 02 Nov 2007

"That email address is not for North Dakota, it is African and I would guess is Zambian."

.za is the country code for South Africa.

ZA is used because it is short for Zuid Afrika which is Afikaans.

Any philatelist will have seen this wording on South Africa's postage stamps.


  Arnie 11:46 02 Nov 2007


Sorry, Afikaans.

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