E – Lotto Scammers need to be more intelligent

Why do people keep sending lottery winning emails hoping that people will fall for it? These emails have been around for ages and are still circulating!

For goodness sake, why can’t these internet scammers be more intelligent? If they want to fake it, do a better job.

Ref No: FLM-202/8231
Batch Number: NL 80 OS 94144448 
Amount Won: $2,500,000.00
Dear Internet User 
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the E-Lotto Internet Promotional
Draws. All email addresses entered for this promotional draws were randomly inputted
from an internet resource database using the Synchronized Random Selection System
Your email address was selected in the Category "A” with Reference Number
FLM-202/8231, and this qualifies you to be the recipient of the grand prize award
sum of $2,500,000 (Two million, five hundred thousand dollars). The payout of this
cash prize to you will be subject to the final validations and satisfactory report
that you are the bonafide owner of the winning email address.
In line with the governing rules of claim, you are required to establish contact
with your designated claims agent via email or telephone with the particulars below:

First of all, personalise the email. Give proper address and contact number. Have a website that shows credibility.

Name: Mr. Panucci Del Aringo
Phone:  +39 327 333 7926
Email: panucciaringo77@yahoo.com.hk

You are advised to call the Claims agent for confirmation or provide the following
information for processing the payment of your cash award.
To enable them verify your payment file, provide them with the following under
listed details via this email address: panucciaringo77@yahoo.com.hk
Telephone/Fax number:
Winning Reference Number:
Failure to complete the claims of your cash prize after 14 days of this notice will
result in the revision of award. Hence, you should commence your claims process
immediately, by contacting the claims agent (Mr.Panucci Del Aringo) who would be
guiding you through the Claims process.
Congratulations on your Winning Prize and we look forward to completing your payout

Don’t use free emails like yahoo, hotmail, gmail…etc. If you cannot afford a proper email address, how do you expect people to believe you. But then again, this means giving people better chance of tracking you down.

Most importantly, don’t mass mail the winnings. A simple google search on “Panucci Del Aringo” will reveal that the email is a scam. I bet “Panucci Del Aringo” doesn’t exists.

Nice try with the email subject as “Dear Internet User”.

Looking at the email header again:

Delivery-date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 14:22:31 -0700
Received: from pop3.student.malone.edu ([] helo=webmail.malone.edu)
     (envelope-from )
     id 1LbLmR-0005wK-Ib
     for hidden; Sun, 22 Feb 2009 14:22:31 -0700
Received: (qmail 14699 invoked from network); 22 Feb 2009 20:51:48 -0000
Received: from unknown (HELO SRV-ELIJAH2.malone.int) (
     by webmail.malone.edu with SMTP; 22 Feb 2009 20:51:48 -0000
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft Exchange V6.5
Content-class: urn:content-classes:message
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
Subject: Dear Internet User
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 15:51:51 -0500
Message-ID: <5DE98CACFF14A649990DC713DE5755F5048E04FA@srv-elijah2.malone.int>
Thread-Topic: Dear Internet User
Thread-Index: AcmVL2IbNUoganORSDSmZ/B7VfyPug==
From: "Gardner, Mike" 

Hello Mr “Panucci Del Aringo”, I hope you are not a student from Malone University. If you are, this means that the chance of tracking you down is greatly increased. I do hope that you can stop what you are doing because it is unethical and irritating.

Author: bpeh

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