Crime is at a all time high especially when it comes to charities and lotteries. You have to be careful who you donate to and who you give your credit card information to. Always do research with companies or charity organizations at bbb.org. Here are some of the emails I have received in just one week stating my so called winnings and informing me that they need me to send them a copy of my Driver’s licenses, state Id or whatever.
Many people have fallen for these internet scams and are left with empty bank accounts, wasted money and bad debt because of identity theft.
Scam Sweepstake from Wenzhou
First email: 3/16/11
Dear E-mail User,
This is to immediately inform you that your email address with Micros ID
BKX-45974-GFK-361AQ-5HR has won you $485,000 and a brand new ranger rover
sports car.Use the details below to login and immediately begin your claims.
Dr. Thomas Owen
European Zonal Cordinator© (notice that cordinator is spelled wrong?)
Second email after I responded: 3/17/11
**********Receipt Of Application Data************
Dear Lorna Darden,
Compliments of the day to you. Let me inform you once more that writing you is actually a privilege because you are one very lucky person amongst the billions of people worldwide.
Do you know that before the draw was held, our company was able to randomly collect up to 211046108 ? this is about two hundred and eleven million email address. Only six winners would emerge from this figure and now you have happened to be one of them happily placed in second position.
With the level of excitement and happiness we put across people's faces each year, we at Wenzhou Ourvis are not disappointed with the millions of dollars we use to sponsor this program each year.
We simply call it giving back to the society what they have given us. We know we will attract more patronage as long as this promotion continues. Well without much enthusiasm let me use this opportunity to also say congratulations to your family and close friends who will definitely be celebrating with you at this point in time.
With all this being said, i like you to know that my duty as your claims agent is to give you step-by-step instruction/assistance to enable you complete your claims and receive both your cash and newly acquired range rover SUV.
To begin, you need to supply me with a copy of your identity. Send it to me via email attachment. The identity can be any of the following ( Driver's license, International Passport, Worker's ID, Tax id, Or any other government approved ID card)
On receipt of your Identity card, i will furnish you with further details to claim your prize. You also need to inform me if you wish to claim your prize using online wire transfer and other E-facilities from your home or through the courier delivery service from your home also.
I anticipate your response which i believe shouldn't take long because we have a very short
time-line to complete your transaction.
Dr. Thomas Owen
(Why is his name Dr. Thomas Owen for a sweepstake promotion? It is just odd.)
Third email: 3/20/11
FROM THE DESK OF-
Dr. Thomas Owen
(Wenzhou Ourvis European Zonal Co-ordinator)
-2010 Consumer e-mail awards Program-
TEL - +44-701-113-5716
(notice the error: Goodday?)
Goodday Lorna Darden,
We acknowledge the receipt of your mail, I want to bring this to your notice that you are dealing with a legitimate company that has been approved by the British Government. All details received in this office is been monitored by them for security reasons. In that case you do not need to have any worries in dealing with them because everything has been put in place to make sure you receive your prize without any hike.
Do be informed that our company's board of directors collects E-mail address from millions of E-mails that subscribe to the Internet yearly and then undergo an electronic balloting which your E-mail address emerge our second place winner for the Wenzhou Ourvis 2010 promotion.
As your approve agent, I would advise you E-mail this office with a copy of your ID either your driver's license or International passport for verification by our company's board of directors to prove that you are eligible for claims before we can move to the next step of your claims process.
Note that your ID will be used for SOLE purpose only. You can contact us anytime with through phone at +44-701-113-5716
Await your positive response in this office.
Dr. Thomas Owen.
With this email they had sent me a copy of Dr. Thomas Owen Id. This is fake! I wrote them and told them I don’t believe they are real and this is what they had mailed me back, still don’t believe it! Any time a company sends you a email or directs you to a website that has misspelled words and no working number, that is a big clue!
Here is the Euromillions Lottery Scam 3/21/11 Just screaming identity theft
This came as an attachment:
CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON €815,960.00 (EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED AND SIXTY EUROS). This is to inform you that you have been verified a winner of the EUROMILLION SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM, with REF NO: BO/10177, Batch No: MD/7342/ESP I am happy to inform you that I have forwarded your Original Certificate and your Certified bank cheque to the courier company. Find below the details of the courier company. And you have to send them your full name and name and your phone number and nationality with address.
Centrum Delivery Services Worldwide LTD. Head Office & Accounts ( I did some research and there’s no results for this so called delivery service)
Harold Close Slough Berkshire SL1 3XT. Spain
TEL:+34-635-357-443, Fax: +34-917-692-707
You are advised to send the courier company a mail to their email address for their courier cost of delivering your winning prize to the payment centre. When contacting them, and also tell them to scan a copy of your Certificate to you, you are to include this order number as your subject. Please you are advised to write down the order number and save it.
ORDER NUMBER: RZ231282
Note: you are to Quote your complete names, Ref/Batch Numbers and your direct phone number so that they can honour your letter also do keep me updated with your communications with the courier company.
Once again i say congratulations and always inform me with your dealings with the courier company. Thanks.
Complete the form below and email back for immediate processing of your claims.
NOTE: You are required to keep me informed as soon as you contact the courier company and also send a copy of every email sent to the courier company to my private email address(firstname.lastname@example.org) for our record purposes.
(this is not a company email) Anyone can get a yahoo account.
Be careful because these scammers are lurking and waiting for the next vulnerable person to take advantage of, the elderly are more sensitive. Identity theft is at a all time high, don’t be a victim. In the first email checkout the website and then type in “Wenzhou Ourvis Electronics promotion”, you will find something very different.