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To protect and serve? Jul. 18th, 2004 07:16 pm
Just got the following email, unique in that it actually contains UK postal addresses and phone numbers. It's a classic scam (taken straight from the egg adverts) and as such I thought it might be of some interest to the Met, as it contains contact details and operations info from what's fairly clearly a bunch of con artists. I mean, they might at least be interested in the info for their files...

But no. Apparently it's of absolutely no interest as "no crime has been committed".

Still wondering if I should send it to SCD6 in case they're a bit more pro-active than the local control room.


ATTENTION: WINNER,

RE: PRIZE AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today as a winner of the PLATINUM ZURICH LOTTO INT. NL / INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS held on 20th June 2004 as part of our end of Year bonanza. Your email address, attached to ticket number 2416-4612-760, with serial number 3187-17 drew the lucky numbers 3-9-24-38-55, and consequently won the lotto in the "A" category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$3,000,000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO: AB96532. This is from total prize money of US$45,000,000.00 shared among four categories. All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn from 10,500,000 email addresses from Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe and North America and Oceania as part of our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.

CONGRATULATIONS:
Your fund is now deposited with Financial Trust Company in London. Due to the mix up of some numbers and email addresses, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.

We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our next year high stakes US$1.1 billion International Lotto. To begin your claim, you are to contact your claim agent immediately for your prize award release form ACF1B061 to be completed and fax back to them along with the prize award legal endorsement fee of US$900.00 (Nine hundred U.S dollars only). Please get in touch with your claim agent via email, fax or telephone now for your claim.

Your allocated claim agent details (A CATEGORY) are as follows:

MR. EDWARD CLAPTON
FINANCIAL CONTROLLER,
FIRST SECURITIES INC
BIRMINGHAM - UNITED KINGDOM
TEL/FAX NO: +44-709-2293979
FAX NO: +44-20-81816020
EMAIL: firstsecuritiesuk@winningteam.com
EMAIL: firstsecurities@winningteam.com

For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice or payment by bank Draft. Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later than 30th July 2004. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.

All correspondences to MR. EDWARD CLAPTON, either by fax or email, should have this EMAIL sent along with it and also, your FULL ADDRESS, your COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE and your EMAIL ADDRESS to which this email is sent, should be clearly and BOLDLY WRITTEN IN YOUR RESPONSE with your claims agent.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

Please note that, you do not need to contact us as all further communication should be forward to your claim agent. Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.

Sincerely Yours,

MR TOM B. ASHWORTH.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
PLATINUM ZURICH LOTTO INT. NL (UK � OFFICE)
WEB SITE: www.platinumzurich.com



* N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification. Please do not reply to this mail. Contact your claim agent.