Good Luck Scams Q&A

 

Questions About Good Luck Scams

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If you’ve been using email for a while you almost surely have had scammers try to entice you with phoney offers of you winning lots of money in some sweepstakes, lottery and who knows what else. Well here are some samples of what many of you may have seen or received in your own email. These are taken from questions submitted from Yahoo Answers. Generally questions and answers seem to be from ordinary people , not experts, although some answers appear to have been thoroughly thought out or even researched. But those seem to be exceptions. Take a look below at what we’ve found.

James asks…

Please find a details below if it is true?

TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL LOTTO (HEADQUARTERS) Customer Service Department Affiliate of Toyota Japan.
#28 Kanashiwa road Tokyo JP

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the winners of the TOYOTA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
As a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 719-266-1319 , with serial number 902-66 drew the lucky numbers 5,12, 30, 11, 17, 43 and Bonus number 12 , Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/ 453L /G MSA and consequently you won in the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.
You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$500, 000, 00 in cash, including a Toyota car which is the winning present /amount for the Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$2,650,000.00 shared among the international winners in the Second category.
CONGRATULATIONS!

Please be informed that your won fund of the sum of US$500,000.00 is now with the payee center. Contact our agent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your winning fund under your full names. Together with the port where your winning car should be shiped to.
To begin your claim, please call our claim agent or send email immediately to:-.

Certificate Agent, Toyota Email Lotto
Mr.YANLIN
Email: mailyanlin@aol.com
Phone: +8613450272862
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please quote your

1. Full name:
2. Address/contact number:
3. Country of origin:
4. Age:
5. Occupation:
6. Tel/fax:

Sincerely,
Mrs Ing Chuny Liu
Hon Cordinator
www.toyota.com.cn

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Suzi Q answers:

A Toyota agent distributing 2.5 million in prizes with an AOL EMAIL ADDRESS !!!! ROFL

If you believe this you are a moron. Wait till they ask for your bank account number to deposit the $500,000 and you check later to find your bank account cleaned out!

Jenny asks…

Please take legal action against the mail given below?

Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 13:30:14 +0200
From: “PROMOTION COMPANY” <japan_mail_lotto@walla.com> Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS! (YOU JUST WON)
(Accredited Licensed Agent to Transglobe lottery International )
Ref Number: 132/756/4007
Batch number:538901527-BB67

Sir/Madam,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the NLF ONLINE International Lottery programs that entered your email addresses amongst other addresses for the international lottery programs conducted by NLF ONLINE.
As a result of your visiting various websites we are running the
e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to
ticket number 343-221-8756, with serial number 454-17 drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 and Bonus number 12 and consequently you won in the Second Category of the JAPAN FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.

Your winning Ticket is Number. 343-221-8756
Your Serial Number. 454-17
Your lucky draw Numbers are. 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 Bonus Number 12
Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/453L/GMSA
You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of
US$500,000,00 in cash, which is the winning amount for the Second
category winners.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individuals email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted by some software corporation to compensate some few individuals with website and email addresses. After the Microsoft anti-various incident on August 2003.

However, To file for your claim now, please contact the Transglobe finance lottery Agent. Mr.Lius Park
EMAIL: nlfdraw@myway.com
Please provide him with your 6 digit numbers 8, 3, 7, 9, 5, 2 and your password RRTAz15. You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible:

1. Name in full:
2. Address:
3. Nationality:
4. Age:
5. Occupation:
6. Phone/Fax:

If you do not contact your claims agent within 7 working days of this notification, your winnings would be revoked. Winners are advised to keep their winning details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT) pending the transfer/claim by Winner.
congratulations once again!

Sincerely yours,
Mrs Rose Chen
LOTTERY COORDINATOR.
EMAIL:rosechen@consultant.com
http://www.transglobefinasia.com

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Suzi Q answers:

This type of con is coming in thick and fast from Nigeria. It’s just a scam, but one that cleans out peoples bank accounts and leaves zero on their credit cards. NO ONE gives money away and asks for all your personal details

Ken asks…

how are they select me and who r they?

TOYOTA PRIZE WINNER -[Sun, 8 Jul 2007 02:0-1:29 +0000] Inbox

“cocacolawinner@lycos.com”
to me
show details 7:00 pm (6 hours ago)
TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL LOTTO (HEADQUATER)
Customer Service Department Affiliate of Toyota Japan .
#28 Kanashiwa road Tokyo JP

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the winners of the TOYOTA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM Participants were selected through a computer ballot systemdrawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.
As a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 343-221-8756, with serial number 454-17 drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 and Bonus number 12 , Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/ 453L /GMSA and consequently you won in the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.

You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$500, 000, 00 in cash, including a Toyota car which is the winning present /amount for the Second category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$2,650,000.00 shared among the international winners in the Second category. CONGRATULATIONS!

Please be informed that your CHEQUE of the sum of US$500,000.00 is now with the payee center. Contact youragent and give them your full names so that they will re-insure your winning under your full names. Together with the port where your winning car should be ship to.

To begin your claim, please call your claim agent or send email immediately. Mr. De Gus Man
reply to your agent immediatly.
EMAIL: degusman@Safe-mail.net

TOYOTA CLAIMING SECURITY AGENCY
TEL + 86 13268174975 ) NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, Please quote your

1. Full name
2. Address / contact number
3. Country of origin
4. Occupation
5. AGE.

Send above information in your correspondences with your claims agent.
Sincerely
reply to your agent immediatly,
V.P FINANCE
Mr. De Gus Man

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Suzi Q answers:

That is a spam email, NEVER EVER GIVE THEM ANY INFORMATION! NONE!

Mark it as spam and delete the email, don’t reply.

Mark asks…

Is there a TOYOTA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM at this time,?

TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL LOTTO (HEADQUARTERS)
i got mail on youota car international promotion progrem Customer Service Department Affiliate of Toyota Japan.
#28 Kanashiwa road, Tokyo JP. it says that, i have won a car and some money. is this true, and i have copied begining part of such letter (Ticket number………………… 719-266-1319
Serial number………………….. 902-66
Lucky number………………. 5, 12, 30, 11, 17, 43, and bonus number 12
Insurance number………………. FLS433/ 453L /G MSA

CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the winners of the TOYOTA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM Participants who were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.

As a result of your visiting various websites, we are running the e-business promotions for You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 719-266-1319, with serial number 902-66 drew the lucky numbers 5, 12, 30, 11, 17, 43 and Bonus number 12, Your Insurance Number: FLS433/ 453L /G MSA and consequently you won in the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.
), please let me know, weather this is true or junk mail..

Suzi Q answers:

Its junk

John asks…

Hello mike I received a letter is this true??

TOYOTA INTERNATIONAL LOTTO (HEADQUATER)
Customer Service Department Affiliate of Toyota Japan .
#28 Kanashiwa road Tokyo JP

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement made today, You are among the winners of the TOYOTA CAR INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 2,500,000 email addresses of individuals and companies from all part of the world as part of our electronic business Promotions Program.

As a result of your visiting various websites we are running the e-business promotions for. You/Your Company email address, attached to ticket number 343-221-8756, with serial number 454-17 drew the lucky numbers 3, 8, 13, 22, 27, 41 and Bonus number 12 , Your INSURANCE Number: FLS433/ 453L /GMSA and consequently you won in the Second Category of the TOYOTA FORTUNE LOTTO DRAW.

You have therefore been approved for the payment of the sum of US$500, 000, 00 in cash, including a Toyota car which is the winning

Suzi Q answers:

Scam…..Trash it……..

Lizzie asks…

YAHOO NEWLY OPENED ACCOUNT HAS WON YOU 90,344,000.00 JAPAN YEN?

Atten: Yahoo!

I reaceived the following mail but am worrying whethet this is true or not because it request me to pay $1500 upfront.
Please help me find this is a real win granted by Yahoo mail.
Your urgent response is appreciated.

Masaru

YAHOO NEWLY OPENED ACCOUNT HAS WON YOU 90,344,000.00 JAPAN YEN
Sun, March 7, 2010 9:20:42 PM From: Yahoo Customer Care <yahmembercare@yahoo.com> View Contact
To: mmkmmkmmk30@yahoo.com

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Yahoo! Customer Care
Case number: 8941624
Property: Account Security
2010

Dear Lucky Winner,

YAHOO NEWLY OPENED ACCOUNT HAS WON YOU 90,344,000.00 JAPAN YEN

The Yahoo! Mail happily announce to you the lucky newly customer of the yahoo.com Award, online promo held in January on 5th of March 2010. Your newly opened email address match With Ticket Numbers: 7673899373TM with Serial Number: 779937/V6 which Subsequently won your newly opened email address mmkmmkmmk30@yahoo.com. The amounts of 1,000,000.00 USD

90,344,000.00 Japan Yen

Therefore you have been approved to claim a total sum of 1,000,000.00 USD = 90,344,000.00 Japan Yeh via ATM MASTER CARD

All participants for the newly opened yahoomail version were selected randomly from Yahoo Database worldwide, Yahoomail must have had your details from your registration which you have made or the entry of your data’s on the master list relating to yahoo website. you are to contact your claim officer on the email address below with your information’s below

Email: yahmember52@yahoo.com Below details for payment processing:

FULL NAME…

Email ADDRESS……………………

COUNTRY: ……………………….

GENDER AGE: …………………….

OCCUPATION: …………………….

AMOUNT WON:……………………..

TELEPHONE/CELL NUMBER:……………

Mr. Anthony Web

Online Co-ordinate

Yahoo! Customer Care
Case number: 8941624
Property: Account Security
2010

Copyright © 2010 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved
hi i love you
Mr. Masaru,

Your email was once again responede after full investigation regard to the email that was forwarded to us here.

we also went through the lucky winners for march and your email address mmkmmkmmk30@yahoo.com is included amoung to receive an ATM Mater card.

you have to be very carefull because your investigation has fitched you to the really benefit and once again, yahoo!mail Center congratulate you.

you can proceed with the claim.

further again, yahoo africa after our investigation are the paying branch.

thank you.

yahoocenter
yahoo!!
Hi,

Thank you for writing to Yahoo! Mail. In this particular case, we have taken appropriate investigation action against the Yahoo! account in question that was reported for fraudulent activities,we also want to annouce to you that the yahoo winning is true about yahoo from Africa

Your winning is very valid and yahoo! mail receive your question and the answer is YES.

Thanbk you for contacting Yahoo!mail
Thank you
Julie
yahoo! customar care

Suzi Q answers:

1. Yen is spelt incorrectly in the “Therefore…” section. Yahoo must have bad spelling.
2. Yen in general: Why Yen? Why not USD with out the YEN business or M&M’s?
3. Paying a cash amount for a random winner? I thought they were ‘giving YOU money’ and not visa versa.
4. Strange that it’s paid via MasterCard and yet doesn’t ask for those details along with the rest of your life.
5. Winning money online is a bit strange, and for such an amount too.
6. “Give us $1500 real money for $1,000,000 possible real money, when we don’t give you our information but you give us yours”. Read that aloud and tell me that’s normal.
7. $1,000,000 USD for opening an email account? A bit pathetic if they have amounts of money to be spent on such things.
8. Http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/promoscam_Yahoo.php explains why you are asking this question.
9. “You have six local singles wanting you”. Does that sounds legit as well? Possibly…..but how would the net know?
10. What are you going to do? Lose money or neither lose or gain money?

Lizzie asks…

How to get scammers to stop calling?

Okay first, let me say that these are not telemarketers or bill collectors- they are truly scammers. The ones that attempt to extort money from people by calling and saying that a warrant is being issued for your arrest because of some (nonexistant) loan you did not pay and that you are prime suspect in a felony investigation unless you send them money today. they have left numerous threatening messages (they seem to love saying stuff like “if you ignore my call then I can only wish you good luck as this situation unfolds on you”.)
These are folks outside the US who do not seem concerned about the “do not call” registry, or anyone telling them not to call anymore, or that you are on to them being a scam. they have called a total of 12 times JUST TODAY!
Anyone have any ideas?

Luvli Mystii answers:

Call the police and your phone company.

Then buy a airhorn. Blow it into the phone each and every time they call.

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There are so many different versions of the above fake winnings of lotteries and sweepstakes. If you ever wonder how the perpetrator gets away with sending such emails think no more. One big way they do it is by commandeering someone’s website and adding sneaky code to it to cause such emails to be sent. The unsuspecting website owner doesn’t even know it until too late when their hosting company shuts them down or Google adds a notice in their search engines about a bad website, etc. I know because it happened to me before, more than once. It was difficult to find the problem and very difficult to get the site back up and running properly. Fortunately in my case I was able to resolve the problems. But in some cases it requires starting all over, almost from scratch.

Whatever you do – don’t fall for such scams.

 

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