This is most likely a scam. How do I know? Well, for one thing, lotteries are normally run by a state or nation and require funding; hence the education budget is normally raided when a lottery is established. Lotteries really aren't run privately and they don't just go looking for random email addresses to dispense the funds to.
Another clue to the possibility of this being a scam is that this email is dated for today, 22 December 2005, yet it requires a response by 19 December 2005. Hmmmmm, oversight, anyone?
Finally, I can tell it's a scam because I found it listed here: http://www.fraudwatchinternational.com/internet/lottery_operatives.shtml .
I don't know how many people will fall for this scam. Most likely, they are after bank account numbers. Sadly, I'm afraid that many will fall for it. Scams like these prey on people who are hurting, broke, and desperate. I've fallen for scams while in similar straights. When I was in the Navy, I didn't have a lot of money. I got something in the mail for the Reader's Digest Sweepstakes, and since I needed money I sent off for it. Next thing you know, I'm getting junk mail and telemarketing calls left and right about all this money I supposedly won, I just had a pay a fee of anywhere from $5 to $400 to get it released. I actually did fall for the first couple of these.
Please, no matter how financially desperate you are, don't fall for something like this. Often we get into bad straights through no fault of our own, yet sometimes it is our fault. The obvious solution is to never live above our means. If you have, it will take time and patience to get out, but you can get out. There are ways. Anyway, here is the scam email:
--- Universal Lotto Winners firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
From Universal Lotto Winners Thu Dec 22 05:22:51 2005
X-Apparently-To: ***********@yahoo.com via 22.214.171.124;
Thu, 22 Dec 2005 05:33:35 -0800 X-Originating-IP: [126.96.36.199]
from=hotmail.co.uk; domainkeys=neutral (no sig)
Received: from 188.8.131.52 (EHLO hotmail.com) (184.108.40.206)
by mta241.mail.mud.yahoo.com with SMTP;
Thu, 22 Dec 2005 05:33:27 -0800
Received: from mail pickup service by hotmail.com with Microsoft SMTPSVC;
Thu, 22 Dec 2005 05:22:51 -0800
Received: from 220.127.116.11 by by15fd.bay15.hotmail.msn.com with HTTP;
Thu, 22 Dec 2005 13:22:51 GMT
From: "Universal Lotto Winners" email@example.com
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON CONTACT US
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2005 13:22:51 +0000
Mime-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 22 Dec 2005 13:22:51.0958
FROM:THE DESK OF MRS ROSELIN MARTINS UNIVERSAL LOTTO COMPANY
We are please to announce you as one of the 100 lucky winners in the UNIVERSAL LOTTO draw held on the 21ST of DECEMBER, 2005 All 10 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 50,000,000 international emails. Your email address emerged alongside 99 others as a category 2 winner in this year's Annual UNIVERSAL LOTTO Draw. Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of $3,000,000,00(Three Million US Dollars) only. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers all correspondence
1,Email ticket number: ticket # 88171/29281/57363
3,The file Ref # : 920/210/4509
4,lucky # 9-21-81-91-34-45
5,lotto code # : FL09622/UK
Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:
Mr. Van Grov Chief financial Director The UNIVERSAL LOTTO AMSTERDAM-THE NTHERLANDS
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
For processing and remittance of your cash to a designated account of your choice. remember, all winnings must be claim not later than 19TH of DECEMBER, 2005,
After this date, All unclaims funds will be returned to the International Lotto, you should contact Mr. Van Grov about the claimant procedures, send your fax and telephone to Mr. Van Grov, this will enable his office to send the claims application form (A4)to you the Beneficiary.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers all correspondence. Further more, should there be any change of address do inform Mr. Van Grov as soon as possible. Mr. Van Grov is responsible for the processing of your approved file to the bank for payment. Congratulations once again, from all members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program. Once again on behalf of all our staff, reply to (( email@example.com ))
Sincerely, UNIVERSAL LOTTO COMPANY Promotions Manager The Lotto company
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