I'm a potential college student that has a difficult financial situation, and never really had a computer before, and i was searching for scholarships to pay for college. I was sent an email, that claimed to say i won $500,000. sadly, I wasn't familiar with the whole scamming business, and needed money bad for college, becuase i don't have the money to pay it.
What happen? I called the number in the email, and actually talked to somebody, and he had me send persoanl info to his email address, then i became weary of this "scholarship", after i was forwarded to another email and another man, who was supposedly from Ecobank in Nigeria. He then gave me a call and sent me an email that said i need to talk to one of their attorney to sign off the winnings. Thus, i oncemore about to be forwarded in the matter of hours! I grew weary of pursuing this, and stopped, only to find out it was all a scam, and i was charged $75 on my phone bill! I was only a simple high school student that is just barely getting by, and here i got scammed, because of my ignorance. Not only that, but i also got in a lot of trouble with father, for making such calls. Here is a copy of the email below. For pivacy purposes, i took out my email address and full name.
Subject: Transnational Scholarship Award
From: "Transnational Scholarship Award" Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 07:02:59 -0400
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT MR.AUSTIN THOMAS.(TRANSNATIONAL
INTERNATIONAL) PRIZE AWARD DEPT.
REF NO: 12/0078/IPG
BATCH NO: EGS/ 20054117/08
RE: SCHOLARSHIP AWARD NOTIFICATION, FINAL NOTICE.
We are pleased to inform you, that as a result of our RECENT LOTTERY DRAWS HELD ON THE 28TH DECEMBER 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:021-7276083-04 with serial number:31270-0 drew lucky
numbers:05-06-12-14-38 which consequently won in the 5th category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS) in cash credited to file with REF:?.EGS/3662367114/13Note that all participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 Officials and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines
and web sites,from Asia, Australia, NewZealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa, as part of our International Promotions Program.This promotional program takes place every year,and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei and other corporate organizations. This is to IMPROVE THE LEVE
L OF EDUCATION WORLDWIDE and to ENCOURAGE THE USE OF INTERNET AND COMPUTERS WORLDWIDE. Your fund is now deposited with Eco Bank and insured in your name For security purpose and clarity,we advise that you
keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to your account.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. We look forward to your active participation in our next 4 million dollars slot. To
begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your claims agent through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below:
Name..Rev Paul Edward
TEL: +234-80-3819 1724 CALL HIM IMMEDIATELY WITH HIS ABOVE DIRECT PHONE NUMBER IF YOU ARE CALLING FROM (USA) THIS IS HOW YOU DIAL 011-234-80-3819 1724 BUT IF YOU ARE CALLING FROM ANY OTHER COUNTRY,THIS IS HOW
TO DIAL +234-80-3819 1724 You are also advised to provide your claim agent with the under listed information as soon as possible send it to his two email addresses below,YOUR CLAIM AGENT E MAIL ADDRESSES BELOW,
E MAIL: email@example.com
E MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Name in full
7. Batch Number
8. Serial Number
All winnings must be claimed not later than one month after the date of this notice. Please note,in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,remember to quote your Batch number and Serial numbers in all correspondence.Furthermore,should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.Congratulations!!!once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program. Bear in mind
that 10% of your fund will be going to the lottery organization that played the lottery with peoples name and email addresses that should be after you most have received the fund in your account,the 10% would have been given to them,just because the fund has been insured and will not be removed till you receive the fund in your account.