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A question, regarding a curious e-mail I had recieved recently...


Sakurako Hino
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The question, is how do I report this guy. He's obviously one of those "Nigerian" scam artists, and I want to see him brought down. I know some poor fellow will answer this e-mail, and end up fleeced for all he's worth. So I was wondering to whom I report these types of shenanigans to... Here's a copy of the e-mail, and I bet 100% of you can see the BS slathered all over this message I recieved.

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E.A.A.S Lottery Headquarters:

Customer Service

580 N. Tenth Street

Sacramento, CA 85914

Euro - Afro Asian Sweepstake Lottery

an Affiliate of Watergate inc.

Arena Complex Km 18 Route de Rufisque

I.P.P Award Dept.

johannesburg, south africa.

Ref: EAASL/941OYI/02

Batch: 164/250/DC34

Date: 24-09-2003

WINNING NOTIFICATION:

We happily announce to you the draw of the Euro - Afro

Asian Sweepstake Lottery International programs

held on the 19th of september 2003 in Dakar Senegal.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564

75600545 188 with Serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky

numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7, which subsequently won you

the lottery in the 2nd category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum

of US$2,500,000.00 (Two million, five hundred

thousand, United States

Dollars) in cash credited to file

KPC/9080118308/02.This is from a total cash prize of

US $ 25 Million dollars, shared amongst the first

Fifty (10) lucky winners in this category.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls

within our European booklet representative office in

Europe as indicated in your play coupon.

In view of this, your US$2,500,000.00 (Two million,

five hundred

thousand,United States Dollars) would be released to

you by our security firm in amsterdam,holland.

Our European agent will immediately commence the

process to facilitate the release of your funds as

soon as you contact him.

All participants were selected randomly from World

Wide Web site through computer draw system and

extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion

takes place annually.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your

winning information confidential till your claims is

processed and your money remitted to you in whatever

manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part

of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming

and unwarranted abuse of this program by some

unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary

agent:

mr. Duke Okon

watergate Inc.

Email: duke2004ok@tiscali.co.uk

To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please

quote your reference/batch numbers in any

correspondences with us or our designated agent.

Congratulations once more from all members and staffs

of this program. Thank you for being part of our

promotional lottery program.

Sincerely,

Dr Timi Guei

AFRO-ASIAN Zonal Coordinator.

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Email Enviado utilizando o serviço MegaMail

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I SO WANT TO SEE THIS GUY GET BUSTED!!!

Oh, and DO NOT send this guy any mail! Or you might have your e-mail targeted next!

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Let me see ....

DUKE Okon?

Watergate Inc.?

What kind of sense of humor does this creature have?

Sorry, E., but I am not sure who you can go to about this. Notify your Web service and the US Attorney General's Office. Maybe, the FBI's Computer Fraud Division.

Mind you, if someone wants to give me $2.5 mil. without me holding a gun to their head, or the head of someone they love, I get really suspicious.

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Heh, if you thought that was the kicker... I read the headers on this, that's where I discovered that the addresses don't point to the point of origin of the message.

Those are some possibilities you mentioned, I'm seriously thinking of reporting this to the FBI or my state's Attorney General.

Although, I've also thought of just deleting the message and blocking the source of the bogus mail. (Which I have already taken steps to do.)

I just wonder where he got the address...

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