Online Sweepstakes (Scam Alert)

Following the trend set by some current 419 scammers, this lottery scammer has sent a very brief “hook” message, without the usual details of winning numbers, corporate sponsors, and the like. Just “You’ve won, contact us.”

If you reply, you’ll step into the same old scam, though: a request for front money to release your winnings. If you pay up, the scammer will disappear, never to be heard from again.

from: Online Sweepstakes®
date: Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 5:20 PM
subject: Winning Notification!!!

You have been announced a winner of £1,500,000 GBP in the double-click Promo held Today. contact: fiduciary agent with your Name, Phone Number and Date of birth

Contact agent: Mark Gregory
Tel: (+44) 7024-084-549

McElory William
Online Coordinator
Online Sweepstakes®

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