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Scammers Now Using Vodafone Brand
Posted on 11-Jan-2006 18:12 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Blog

Wow... Just got an e-mail from "Vodafone" telling me I am a winner! According to this e-mail, Vodafone is sponsoring a lottery that puts me (with other 187 "lucky winners") in a final draw to win some big money.

What's interesting is that this is a move from the usual purportedly "Microsoft" sponsored lottery scam, to using a well known mobile brand - even a logo is part of the e-mail.

In the meantime, my e-mail was approved for a GBP 2.5 million (British Pounds) prize on a monthly draw. Note that the total prize pool is actually in US Dollars, making it smaller than my own individual prize in British Pounds. They can't even calculate currency!

I think the computers running this lottery are not very well too, because apparently "due to the computer mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted."...

So, in the hope of receiving all this money from Vodafone, I will not disclose my winning numbers, until I contact the managers in that special e-mail address. Yeah, right...

C'mon... Who is falling for this? They only keep sending this type of scam because some greedy people are buying this. There's no other possibility. People fall on these traps because they are greedy and think they can earn lots with little.

Remember, it's only in the dictionary you can find profit before work...

The email (with all its spelling error, mistakes and whatever else) reads:

In Conjunction with The National Organizing
Committe of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA Fussball-Weltmeisterschaft 2006
organisationskomitee Deutschland
koniginstrabe 23,80539 Munchen.
From: The Desk Of the Promotions Manager,
Reference:FL/668530092 Batch:45301/14/FIFA06/FL.

We gladly wish to inform you of the draws of the VODAFONE ONLINE PROMO INTERNATIONAL in conjunction with the National Organizing Committee of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held on the 15TH of November 2005 in Munich Germany.You along with 187 others were selected winners under draws 6+J in our monthly program which will feature as run up to the games next year when you will be due for the final Grand draw.However your e-mail address attached to ticket number 508-7895-4456-224 with serial numbers 5223-54 drew the lucky numbers 16-43-85-33-15-73 and consequently won the lottery in the 2nd category. CONGRATULATIONS!!

Please be informed that all participants in this Vodafone promotion program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 500,000 companies and 50,000,000 individual e-mail addresses.This Vodafone promotion is Organized by the host country in collaboration with FIFA. Funds for the draws have been contributed by the major sponsors of the games which include adidas,Hyundai,FujiFilm,MasterCard,Gillette,Cocacola,Emirates Air, Continental,Toshiba,Mcdonalds and a host of others. Due to the computer mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. Also find all other relevant Vodafone promotion Information below:Ref No: FL/668530092 Batch No:45301/14/FIFA06/FL Zonal Draw No: IMSA2-040Grand Draw No: 14219 You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Great Britain Pounds (2.500.000.00 GBP) in cash credited to file No:LP/26510460037/02. For all our international winners the value of the amount comes to ($4,329,787.78 USD) Four million,Three hundred and twenty thousand,seven hundred and eighty seven united states dollars seventy eight cents. For due Processing and remittance of your prize money,remember that you must contact your claim Agent on or before 25th of January 2006.After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.

In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to Quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences.Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our Promotions program.

Mrs.Rose Wood

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent
Miss. Sandra S lopez
N.B. You are automatically disqualified if you are below 18 years of age

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