This is a standard lottery scam message, but a rather impersonal one as it doesn’t name a specific contact for you to call to collect your winnings. Lotto scams work just like other advance fee frauds: you are promised a fortune, but then if you contact the scammer you find that you have to pay up-front “taxes” or “fees” or “bribes” to clear the money. Once you lay out the cash, the scammer vanishes, never to be heard from again.
from ©VISA ON-LINE PROMO firstname.lastname@example.org
date Tue, Oct 12, 2010 at 9:43 AM
subject CONGRATULATION…. OUR LUCKY WINNER
We happily announce the draw of our 2010 on-line promo of which your e-mail address attached to WINNING CODE V2010-G358FA came out as one of the winners of the VISA ON-LINE PROMO which automatically confirm you the beneficiary of the amount of FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS (485,000.00 GBP)
You have been approved of the payment of FOUR HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS (485,000.00 GBP). Contact the promo payment office UNITED KINGDOM e-mail email@example.com for your payment.
VISA PROMO PAYMENT OFFICE. UNITED KINGDOM
Provide these information’s to enable the payment dept. file your payment.
WINNING CODE: V2010-G358FA
Date of Birth: _________________
Country of Residence: __________
Congratulation once more
VISA ON-LINE PROMO