Wednesday, November 14, 2007

On Winning The UK Lotto And Other Nonsense

I received and email today from informing me that I had just won 1 Million (89M in Philippine Pesos) in the UK Lotto. Here's the letter:

Dear Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL PROGRAM. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of five winners in the category \\"A\\" You are therefore been approve to claim the total sum of 1,000,000 (One Million Pounds Sterling) with the information below:

REF No: UK/9420X2/68/osy TICKET No: 56475600545188

Contact the processing Consultant:

Contact Person: Owen Brown







Yours Sincerely

Cindy Moore

After my laughter died down, I Google searched "UK Lottery Scam" and sure enough, there they were! You can read about it at the UK National Lottery site here. These scams are so rampant that even vendors in the fledgling eBay Philippines are warned. Discussion boards are filled with Nigerian or 419 scams. The BBC News wrote a feature about those who fight back and are scamming the scammers. Philippine forums like PinoyExchange have a lot to say about this topic.

What's with Gmail anyway? I never used to get scam mail before. They used to go straight into my Spam Box. Now they're coming one on top of the other into my Inbox. Here's another business proposal from

Dearest ,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your contact from the internet search where searching for a responsible and humble person who will assist me on this, prayed over it and selected your name among other names due I was dicrected by God to do so, I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business .

I am Rose Kone the only duaghter of late Mr. and Mrs. George Kone My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan , the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to dearth by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip . My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on January 2004 in a private hospital here in Abidjan he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of of ten million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD (US$10.5 million) left in fixed / suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only duaghter for the next of Kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates.

That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management . Sir, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:

(1) To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred to .(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 22years.

(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas. Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within fourteen (14) days you signify interest to assist me. Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Thanks and God bless.

Best regards,

Rose Kone.

If I used any other nick, I would probably reply just for kicks. But I don't want these scammers to think that Filipinos are gullible. So, there you are. Fair warning. Don't let me say, "I told you so!"

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