If you remember one basic principle you won’t be taken in by lottery scams of this kind: if you didn’t enter, you haven’t won. Legitimate lotteries don’t award prizes to random people who haven’t entered (paid to enter) their contests. And why would something called the “New York Lottery Organization” have a return email address in the United Kingdom?
from: New York Lottery Organization (firstname.lastname@example.org)
date: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 9:52 PM
subject: Your e-mail address has won you US$2,800,000.00
Your e-mail address has won you US$2,800,000.00
NEW YORK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION
TICKET FREE/ONLINE E-MAIL ADDRESS WINNINGS DEPARTMENT.
If you are the correct owner of this email address then be glad this day as the result of the New York lotto online e-mail address draws of 19th September 2009 has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your email address won you the sweepstakes in the first category and you are entitled to claim the sum of US$4.6Million.
Your email address was entered for the online draw on this Ticket Number: APP236566301307 and won on this Lucky Number: MX014926583. You are to contact your claim agent Mr Tommy Edwards on the below email address for available options on how to receive your winnings fund. Note that Mr Tommy Edwards might fail to recognize you as the true winner and receiver of the US$2,800,000 if you fail to include the following in your contact mail to him:
Your country of origin and country of residence/work, complete official names, address, amount won, free ticket and lucky numbers, date of draw, contact telephone and mobile numbers. OPTIONAL :- [Sex, age, occupation and job title].
Mr. Mr. Tommy Edwards
Mrs. Lisa Williams
New York LOTTERY ORGANIZATION.
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