Wednesday, June 17, 2009

How Lucky Can One Internet Persona Be?

[Pound notes, plus a few dollars, at the donations box of the British Museum. Image credit: Lawrence OP.]

Once again, without even entering, I've won a British lottery:

From: The British Lottery Headquarters
Customers Services
8 Lower Mall, Hammersmith 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL United Kingdom
Tel: +44 703 188 5012
Fax: +44 870 495 4024


Date: 17th June 2009

Dear Lucky Winner,

We happily announce to you the 2009 British Lottery draw Program held in London in association of the British Promotion Award and of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, among the 2,900 Email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa, Asia, America, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand etc. selected by computing electronic ballot system drawn, congratulation that your e-mail address attached to Ticket # 694/7560/0545/721, Serial # 886/09, drawn the Lucky # 016/213/3517, which subsequently won the lottery towards 2nd category file covering it’s share amount to (GBPЈ1,000.000.00) One Million Great British Pounds.

You are therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of (GBPЈ1,000.000.00) One Million Great British Pounds in cash as credited to your File No. RPC/9080/1153/2244. This is from a total cash prize of 125 Million Pound Sterlings.

This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for British Lottery; the estimated 125 Million Jackpots would be the Sixth biggest in U.K history, the biggest was the 363 Million Pounds Starlings' Jackpot that went to two winners last year 2008 drawing of the Big Game, Mega Millions' predecessor.

Note that your lucky winning number falls within our African booklet representative office in Southern Africa as indicated in our play coupon, In view of this’ be informed that your (GBPЈ1,000.000.00) One Million Great British Pounds will be release to you by our affiliate bank.

Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your winning fund is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you demand fit to claim your prize.

To file your claim, kindly contact your claim agent immediately through email and call him after you would have sent him email.

Mr. Hopkins McConnell
Tel: +27 73 757 9203
Fax: +27 86 540 5411

Email him with your Full Names, Address, Telephone, Fax No. your Ref No. BTL/311OXI/02 & Batch No. 14/211/0374 immediately.

Congratulations from all members staff of THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

Sincerely Yours,

Mrs. Mary Blair
Zonal Coordinator(UKPANL.LLC)

I try not to tell other people how to run their countries, but this is getting ridiculous. If their lottery is this easy to win, I don't see how the United Kingdom can stay afloat financially. In the interest of international harmony, I'm going to forgo this prize, thank you.

The U.K. is such a thoughtful country.

(As always, I assume that the persons mentioned in this e-mail are fictional, or if they are real people that they aren't the ones actually involved in this scam.)

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