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Summarize the Sweepstakes Scam

This was a lottery scam that said I was one of 30 people to win a random drawing from all email addresses for a cash prize of 420,000,000 pounds. The email claimed to come from Nokia in London.

More Details about the Sweepstakes Scam

This was an email sweepstakes scam.

Sender: a random email address at gmail.com

Subject: THE NOKIA 2009 ONLINE LOTTERY PROMOTION

Sample of the email:

We are pleased to inform you, the result of the first online promotion program conducted by United Kingdom Nokia Communications in collaboration with the United Kingdom National Lottery. Your email address is among the (30) Thirty Lucky winners who won 420, 000.00 (Four Hundred and Twenty Thousand British Pound Sterling) each on the NOKIA CONNECTING PEOPLE PROGRAMME.

You were entered as an independent candidat... The online draws was conducted by a random selection of emails from an exclusive list of 100,000,000 random E-mail addresses of individuals and mobile phone users picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet. However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation and privacy.

The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection machine (TOPAZ) from a database of over 250,000,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. Please note that your lucky ticket and ballot number falls within our African booklet representative (Nokia office) in South Africa. This lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulations (IAGR).

To file for your claim, please contact the paying bank. Call him immediately you receive this notification and furnish the accountant with your winners Information's as stated below via his email address and also send to him any of your identification copy, either your international passport of National identity card for the processing.

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You are to keep all Nokia lottery information away from the general public especially your ticket number and ballot number. (This is very important, as double claiming will not be entertained and will result to disqualification).

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Accept our heartily congratulations once again!!

Tips and Tricks

  • You can't win international lotteries by email.
  • No one gives away huge amounts of money by drawing random emails.
  • I didn't enter a Nokia lottery.
  • The address was from London, but the email said that the lottery was taking place in South Africa.
  • Typos in the email (i.e., "Winners Informations," "Accept our heartily congratulations," etc.
  • No legitimate Nokia email would come from a Gmail email address.
  • The part about keeping the email private is common among scammers trying not to get caught.

Sandra Grauschopf, About.com Contests & Sweepstakes, says:

Note that despite what the email said, this letter does not originate with Nokia, which is a legitimate company. Remember that scammers can claim that emails come from any company.

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