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Beware the Lottery Win!


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If the evidence from my e-mail inbox were to be believed, I have turned into the luckiest person imaginable.Not only have I been selected to transfer millions of dollars from a dead man’s bank account into my own….

If the evidence from my e-mail inbox were to be believed, I have turned into the luckiest person imaginable. Not only have I been selected to transfer millions of dollars from a dead man’s bank account into my own, but my e-mail id has also been selected by a mysterious computer to win a lottery prize of, again, millions of dollars!

The first time it happened, of course, I admit, my heart did beat a little faster. An agency in South Africa informed me that I could collect prize money of the said millions by giving all my particulars, such as name, address, account number and bank etc. to a certain Mr. Robert B—– by a certain date. The whole thing looked so authentic. Mr. Robert’s official designation, as a bona fide official of this online lottery, and his office address, phone numbers and other details, were convincingly provided in the e mail. A number of more than twelve digits and alphabets was quoted as my ‘registration number’ and I was asked to provide this in all my correspondence with the lottery agency. I looked long and hard at the mail and thought to myself, ‘I could certainly use a few million in cash.’ Since the date given in the message was still a few days away, I decided to wait a couple of days before writing to Mr. Robert B——- about my prize claim.

When I received another notification just two days later from another agency, this time in Australia, telling me that I had been selected for an online prize by a mysterious computer that had chosen my id from among millions of others, I didn’t fall off my chair in astonishment. Instead, I grimaced with a knowledge laced with cynicism. ‘I have just been baited twice in the latest e mail spam scam,’ I thought.

The road to easy money is one every one of us has dreamt of at some point in our lives. Depend upon unscrupulous people all over the globe to cash in on this dream with various ingenious ways to get their hooks into your identity, complete with knowledge of your name and address, your bank account, your credit card number, etc etc. While none of this is asked up front, a dead giveaway about the online lottery agents’ real intentions is that they send the mail to your id and inform you that you have won a prize, but they still do not know your name, or address you by name!

Another form of this financial baiting on the Internet is by informing you that a huge, unclaimed amount of money is lying in a bank account in some country, say Guinea-Bissau. This supposedly belonged to a dead man and the writer of the e-mail has figured out a way to share it with you if you give him your account number and other details. The mail usually has a subject line asking for your cooperation, or informing you of something ‘very urgent’.

I thank my guardian angel on the web for having given me the sense so far not to respond to this e-mail skullduggery. On the other hand, I once visited the website of an online astrologer and entered my profile, but subsequently did not buy any of her products. To this day, more than a year later, she fills my mailbox with dire prophecies of my imminent doom!

Take heed of my particular travails – don’t jump off a cliff celebrating your online lottery win.

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Responses to Beware the Lottery Win!

  1. 1 Sridhar

    You received an email? Cool. I received a post… hard copy saying I won 2 million Euros. I didn’t win a lucky dip the previous day in a small function and here they say I was selected out of more than 20 countries that took part.

    I checked the address on the web and found it was wrong. Then just as some lottery sites said, I handed over that letter to the police.

  2. 2 Balakrishna Tonse

    I too had similar experience. I was told when I was on a Google page being, the millionth visitor, I was told I won 10 million dollars. Despite being told to the mailer not to reply to me again, I still get series of mails informing me that the date has been extended to submit details.

    There has to be awareness among all people during this e-age not to get cheated by professional cheaters.

    Thanks for this message

    Balakrishna Tonse Mumbai

  3. 3 KIRAN KUMAR SHSTRI

    NOW A DAYS EVERYBODY IS CHTTING FOR FEMALE CHATERS THRY DON’T HAVE ATIME TO DISCUSS ABOUT THIS

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