Coca Cola Lottery
The Coca Cola Lottery is not a brand new game from one of the leading manufacturers of carbonated soft drinks, but an email scam that informs recipients that they have won a £2.5 million prize.
This email has been around for a while, but it appears that the scam artists have been particularly busy during the first few months of 2008, with quite a few people receiving a message with the subject line “CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON THE COCA COLO LOTTERY”. The message then continues: “Attn : Winner...
“We are pleased to inform you of the announcement on [insert date], of winners of the BRITISH INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY DRAWS held on [another date]. Your email address attached to ticket number 673-31-167-8755 drew the winning numbers 2-14-65-67-23-54-19, batch number 87/097300/UK/UKZ, and consequently won the lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved of a lump sum pay out of £2,500,000.00 (Two Million five hundred thousand POUND STERLING) in credited to file LOTTERY REF NO.UKE/34457722/2006.This is from total prize money of ( 62,500,000.00 POUND STERLING ) shared among the twentyfive international winners in categories C with serial number: 4599/03. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn form 25,000 company email addresses and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from Australia, Africa, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.”
There’s more than this, but my aversion to bad spelling and random capitalisation of words in the middle of sentences (POUND STERLING) means I can’t bring myself to post the rest. Suffice it to say that the recipient of the email are invited to contact the sender to provide name, address and various other bits and pieces which – I assume – will allow the scam artist to clean out the bank accounts of the recipients.
Lottery scams aren’t new by any stretch of the imagination, but the use of the famous Coca Cola brand name might lead some to put more faith in this message than is merited. So, for the record and for the safety of all my blog readers, please be aware that these messages have nothing to do with either the Coca Cola company or with any legitimate lottery game. If you receive this email then remember that you haven’t really won £2.5 million. In fact, you haven’t even won a fizzy drink.
Article Last Updated: 07/09/2011 15:06:43
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