Lusy asked in Computers & InternetSecurity · 8 years ago

I got this email saying i won 1 million dollars? do you think this is a scam?

Dear Sir / Madam,

We wish to congratulate you for being one of the lucky winners in this Mobile Lottery promotion. This is an independent promotion and is unconnected to any publication .Be informed that this promotion was conducted through the internet mobile system, Which winners where picked randomly through a computer ballot system hence you have been approved to receive the sum of £1,000,000.00 ( One Million Pounds)

For the pursuant of the transfer of your Winning Claims of £1,000,000.00 (One Million Pounds Sterling) of the Mobile-Phone Lottery Promo, please be informed that failure to receive your BIO-DATA FORM of this e-mail will result in the inability for us to process your claims and hence your payment being delayed.

FUNDS RELEASE BIO-DATA VERIFICATION FORM DEV-2012

NAME…………………………

AGE……………………………………

SEX……………………………………

IDENTITY CARD/PASSPORT NUMBER...............

POSTAL CODE.................................

COUNTRY……………………………

NATIONALITY………………………

OCCUPATION………………………

ADDRESS…………………………

MOBILE NO:………………………

HOME TELEPHONE:……………………

OFFICE TELEPHONE.........................

E-MAIL ………………………………

MODE OF TRANSFER:

1) TELEGRAPHIC BANK TRANSFER:

2) DIPLOMATIC COURIER DELIVERY:

Regards,

Mr. Geoffrey Hunt

Update:

and i replied back saying give me a call! and he actually called me back!

Update 2:

Thanks people! iam so stupid! i actually belived it for a second!

and yes he did asked 200$ for the transfer, i asked him if he can just take that 200 off my winning price and send me the rest hehehe

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  • 8 years ago
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    100% scam.

    There is no lottery.

    There is no Yahoo, Facebook, Nokia, Shell, BBC, Google, Coca-Cola, MSN, Microsoft, BMW or any other company in the entire world that sponsors a lottery that notifies winners via email, phone call or text.

    There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

    The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "lottery official" and will demand you pay for made-up fees and taxes, in cash, and only by Western Union or moneygram.

    Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even partial sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    If you google "fake yahoo lottery", "lotto Western Union fraud" or something similar, you will find hundreds of posts of victims and near-victims of this type of scam.

  • Frank
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    This is an old scam.

    Did you enter this lottery? No.

    Do lotteries use email to notify you that you've won millions? No.

    Mr. Hunt will start out by asking for things that seem reasonable. Then he will ask you to pay a fee or a tax or will ask for your bank details. Or he'll send you a check for too much, and you have to wire the extra back to him (the check will later turn out to be bogus.) It will sound very convincing to someone who is gullible.

    Please don't be that gullible.

  • 8 years ago

    If you did not solicit for this than you are being solicited. If you won a million dollars tell them to send you proof immediately like a check for $50,000. Do not deposit it into your bank. Take it and inquire about opening a new account and tell them how you obtained the check so there will be no repercussions in your name if it is phony. Keep your personal info to yourself except a place to mail the check. You can request that it be sent to your local post office to be held for your pick-up. God Bless You.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    A scam.. If you were to persue it and try to fool

    around with International monies, the BANK

    will stop you. They have signs in the lobby about that.

    They say Dear Sir== sure don't know you. They always

    want YOU to SEND money to 'show good faith'. POOF

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  • 8 years ago

    General rule: anything that sounds too good to be true most probably is. This is a very common scam where you end up having to pay a 'transfer' amount to get the money. Ignore it.

  • 8 years ago

    MON DIEU!

    Of course it is. In fact, I have received a scam from this very same "Mr. Geoffrey Hunt" in the past.

    Too good to be true.

    Source(s): Direct personal experience Common sense
  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    I don't think so, I know so. Sorry friend but there is no Microsoft, Yahoo or other e-mail lottery, it's a scam do not answer do not give personal information. the iinternet is safe enough if you are careful but please answer nothing that you are doubtful about.Good Luck and be careful

  • 8 years ago

    Oh hell no !! it's 100% real . think how many times have you won the lottery in your life with out playing it

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    That's not true

  • 8 years ago

    Obvious scam.

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