happened to me .
I received an email telling me that I am the winner of the Email Legacy Prize of $ 2.5 million in the Toyota sweepstake online draw held in Cape Town, South Africa on the 19Th December 2006.
I never participated in staking online or offline, so I do not know how it is done, yet mentioning
Toyota promotion made me curious , so I proceeded to get more details.
As soon as I got the ( Attorney) names, I typed the names and places in my browser, and I entered www.crimes-of-persuasion.com , which listed these and other names among Nigerian
advance fee Internet fraud scammers.
As this issue is not by any means linked to my blog theme which is about health - unless we consider this article is about psychic health of scammers, financial health of the victims, or wellness of the Internet - I did not consider writing about it.
Thinking about the innocent people and their hard earned money, and considering that scam events are accidental to any of us , I decided to write about it, may be if some of you dug the article we can enlarge the circle of people aware of the new methods of scamming which shifted from asking for help to leak a treasure from a country, to involving international brands in known processes.
If you know any other names , please incorporate them in your comment.
Here are the messages I received:
YOUR EMAIL LEGACY PRIZE ALERT NOTIFICATION
!CONGRATULATIONS!YOUR EMAIL LEGACY PRIZE ALERT NOTIFICATION
This is to acknlowledge the reciept of your email legacy to you.
your email address was attach to the following Ticket number: CQ428I,
Reference number: 93114
batch number: #0431CH
Your email address was selected from a database of over 234,509 by an email electronic election which your email address was tagged as the lucky winner of the cash prize of $2.5million in the toyota sweep stake online draw held in cape town, south africa on the 19December2006.
The toyota sweepstake online promotion is approved and licensed by the british gaming board.
As a result of the draw the toyota organization has signed and released your legacy fund of$2.5 million to youTo cliam your cash prize,contact the link below:
Mr. flins coker assigned cliam agent email
when contacting him provide him your personnal secret code number and reference number for identification.
congrate once more
bliss nop ytoyota promo co-ordinator
N.B: you are advice to keep your winningsfrom the public to avoid fraudlent cliams
SECRET CODE: 5P9RQ"
YOUR WINNINGS VERIFICATION FORM AND A LETTER FROM THE COMPANY ATTORNEY
COSTUMER SERVICE TOYOTA OFFICE
This is to confirm the receipt of your mail well noted and\n will want to appreciate your quick response to your email legacy prize alert of $2.5 million dollars.
Your prize award has been insured in your name and is ready for claims.
To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact our licensed and accredited claims agent for Overseas Lottery Winners within a period of 10 days (date of this email inclusive) for the processing of your winnings and remittance to your designated bank account after all statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your $2.5 million dollars (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand dollars in cash) would be released to you\n by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated period may be forfeited to the pool without further notice.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact her.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your prize remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit.
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.
To file for claim, fill out the information required in the\n verification form and establish contact via e-mail to our overseas claims unit with the information below:
OVERSEAS CLAIMS UNIT Lottery
Fiduciary Contact Person: Mrs. Sharon Cole.
CLAIMANT SIGNATORY DECLARATION====================================
I,......................................HEREBY DECLARE THAT I HAVENEVER RECEIVE ANY FORM OF SETTLEMENT FROM THE TOYOTA LOTTERY NORANY MEMBER OF MY FAMILY.
I, THEREFORE, DECLARE THAT THE TOYOTA LOTTERY ACTS ON MY BEHALF IN THE PROCESSING AND TRANSFER OF MY PRIZE ASINSTRUCTED BY ME.
Good luck from me and members of staff of the TOYOTA LOTTERY .
Yours faithfully,Dr. Carl A. Moore.
Online coordinator for TOYOTA LOTTERY Sweepstakes International Program.
© Copyright 1996-2007 The TOYOTA LOTTERY Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guideline
FROM: THE DESK OF THE FOREIGN SECTION MANAGER,
TOYOTA LOTTERY / J .C CHAMBER,
Esq. - COLE & ASSOCIATES.
Secret Code: 5P9RQ
DATE: 27th January, 2007
LETTER OF GUARANTEE
I BARR. JAMES COLE, FOREIGN SERVICE ATTORNEY OF THE TOYOTA PROMOTION, HEREBY GUARANTEE: Ticket Holder: CQ4281
OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. THAT: Ticket Holder: CQ4281 AND Ref: 93114 WINNER OF PRIZE MONEY FROM THE TOYOTA LOTTERY, AMOUNTING TO $2,500,000 (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS), WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO YOU WITHIN A PERIOD OF 48 HOURS, UPON MEETING THE REQUIREMENTS VIZ: FILLING AND SUBMISSION OF THE CLAIMS FORM AND PAYMENT OF A STIPULATED NOTARIZATION FEE AS REQUIRED.
2. THAT THERE SHALL BE NO OTHER REQUIREMENTS ON: Ticket hold: CQ4281 AND REF: 93114 AFTER THE ABOVE-MENTIONED REQUIREMENTS ARE MET.
3. THAT IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT ANY ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS REQUESTED, THE COMPANY WILL BE REFUNDED TO: Ticket Holder: CQ4281 AND REF: 93114 THE ENTIRE SUM HE/SHE PAID.
THAT IT IS MANDATORY THE BENEFICIARY ADHERE TO THE NOTARIZATION OF THE DEMAND FEE BEFORE ANY TRANSFER CAN BE MADE OUT INTO HIS/HER OWN HOME ADDRESS.
I MAKE THIS GUARANTEE IN GOOD FAITH, HAVING CONSULTED WITH MY SUPERIORS, AND WITNESSED BY THE COMPANY ATTORNEY: BARR. JAMES COLE Esq. - COLE & ASSOCIATES
BARR. JAMES COLE,
Esq. – (COLE & ASSOCIATES).