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Old 06-03-2004, 07:48 PM
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Bono Lotto

Hey

I'm new and would like to ask a question, and hopefully someone can come up with some sort of an answer.....

I received a mail from a company called "Bono Lotto" and said I have won close to 700,000 euros..

Now what I would like to know is-- is this some sort of scam?
Does anyone know if they are a legit company?

$700,000 is alot of money and would like to get my hands on them

Thanks
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Old 06-03-2004, 07:54 PM
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Re: Bono Lotto

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Originally posted by ben1234
Hey

I'm new and would like to ask a question, and hopefully someone can come up with some sort of an answer.....

I received a mail from a company called "Bono Lotto" and said I have won close to 700,000 euros..

Now what I would like to know is-- is this some sort of scam?
Does anyone know if they are a legit company?

$700,000 is alot of money and would like to get my hands on them

Thanks
If you didn't buy any tickets or didn't participate in any contest...This is something very fishy...
Just send the e-mail back to the sender telling that you would give him a nice reward if he sends you the money by Purolater or by Federal express...Give him the address of one of these counter near your place so you can get it there...That way you don't even have to give your private address...
You'll know pretty soon if it is a scam...I think that they are trying to sell you something...
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Old 06-03-2004, 08:00 PM
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Re: Bono Lotto

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Originally posted by ben1234
Hey

I'm new and would like to ask a question, and hopefully someone can come up with some sort of an answer.....

I received a mail from a company called "Bono Lotto" and said I have won close to 700,000 euros..

Now what I would like to know is-- is this some sort of scam?
Does anyone know if they are a legit company?

$700,000 is alot of money and would like to get my hands on them

Thanks
Not legit - SCAM

DO NOT reply under any circumstances - these are scams

Post the letter - if it is similar to below these are scams.
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NEW HOPE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
NIEUWE ZIJDS VOORBURGWAL, NL- 1009 CEH
AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS
REF NUMBER: NHL/653/029/03/SA
BATCH NUMBER: AT-040-SB06.

DEAR SIR/MADAM,

We are pleased to inform you, THAT AS A RESULT OF OUR RECENT LOTTERY DRAWS =
HELD on the 15th of March 2004. Your e-mail address attached to ticket =
number: 27511465896-6410 with serial number 4204-777 drew lucky numbers =
5-21-23-34-61-72 which consequently won in the 1st category. You have =
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 2,500,000 (EUROS) (Two =
MILLION, Five hundred thousand EUROS)
Note that All participants in this lottery program have been selected =
randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 200,000 companies
=
and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and web =
sites. This promotional program takes
place every year, and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities
like =
the Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc and other corporate =
organizations. This is to encourage the use of the internet and computers =
worldwide.
For security purposes and clarity, we advise that you keep your winning =
information confidential until your claims have been processed and your
money =
remitted to you. 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
=
year USD50 million slot.

You are requested to contact your claims clearance officer as named below,
to =
assist you with the processing of your winnings and subsequent payments.
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 reference number and batch number 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.

NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE.
Sincerely yours,

Mrs. Janet Freiburg,
(LOTTERY COORDINATOR)


CLAIMS AGENT:
Mr. Geoffrey Bald
Prime Securities and Vault Services.
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Old 06-03-2004, 08:10 PM
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You can also write at the end of your message....
''Concerning the reward for your head''...

Dead
or
alive...
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Old 06-03-2004, 08:39 PM
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Actually it came in mail not e-mail, but that doesn't make a difference...

The letter was almost identical to the one Beaker posted.

Guess it is a scam... Thanks to everyone who replied
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Old 06-04-2004, 12:39 AM
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Actually it came in mail not e-mail, but that doesn't make a difference...

The letter was almost identical to the one Beaker posted.

Guess it is a scam... Thanks to everyone who replied
Take a look:

[url=http://www.rcmp.ca/scams/cfraud_e.htm]RCMP Fraud Scams[/url]

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FOREIGN LOTTERIES BY MAIL

Regulated and lawful lotteries are common in Canada and many other countries. There are, however, many illegal lotteries and games of chance operating from Canada which generally target citizens from the United States as well as persons from other countries.

The false solicitations, received by telephone, through the mail, or through the Internet are sent by con artists who indicate that you have won a major cash prize. To secure the release of the prize, you are required to pay an up-front fee to the company. Sometimes the prizes include a series of lottery numbers with a chance to win an expensive vehicle or vacation cruise. Typically, persons who send money for these prizes never receive them and, instead, receive only various forms of entry confirmation issued by the con artists.

TIPS

Be cautious if you are solicited by telephone, mail, or the Internet to buy lottery tickets you have not applied for. Suspicious sellers often use techniques similar to legitimate lottery agents: They are courteous and well-spoken, and they issue documents of genuine appearance. However, they usually express utmost urgency and confidentiality.
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Old 06-04-2004, 01:33 AM
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Take a look:

[url=http://www.rcmp.ca/scams/cfraud_e.htm]RCMP Fraud Scams[/url]
Good link Beaker

From the same RCMP page one can find this link: [URL=http://www.rcmp.ca/contact/comments_e.htm#headquarters]If you still have a question or a comment, please contact us by email[/URL]

Directly above that there is a link for our American friends: [URL=http://www.ifccfbi.gov/]FBI Internet Fraud Complaint Centre[/URL]
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Old 07-03-2004, 04:28 PM
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Re: Bono Lotto

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Originally posted by ben1234
Hey
I'm new and would like to ask a question, and hopefully someone can come up with some sort of an answer.....
I received a mail from a company called "Bono Lotto" and said I have won close to 700,000 euros..
Now what I would like to know is-- is this some sort of scam?
Does anyone know if they are a legit company?
$700,000 is alot of money and would like to get my hands on them
Thanks

,-._,-.
\/)"(\/
(_o_) ...Scam.. for sure...

Sheba..
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Old 07-03-2004, 08:10 PM
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,-._,-.
\/)"(\/
(_o_) ...Scam.. for sure...

Sheba..
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Old 07-06-2004, 07:34 PM
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Thumbs down Bono Letter

It looks like I wasn't the only one to get a Bono Lotto letter. I got pretty much the same letter as the form that was posted except I got a second sheet asking for a lot of personal information including my bank number so they could deposit the large sum into my bank account. Red flags went up immediately. I have read all of the previous posts and realize this is a scam. I'll take the letter to the post office tomorrow and have them send it to the postmaster general. Thanks for all of the useful information from everyone.
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Old 07-06-2004, 07:47 PM
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Re: Bono Letter

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It looks like I wasn't the only one to get a Bono Lotto letter. I got pretty much the same letter as the form that was posted except I got a second sheet asking for a lot of personal information including my bank number so they could deposit the large sum into my bank account. Red flags went up immediately. I have read all of the previous posts and realize this is a scam. I'll take the letter to the post office tomorrow and have them send it to the postmaster general. Thanks for all of the useful information from everyone.
Call your local state police or their web page. Many police including the FBI and our RCMP want to be advised of these scams.

The question is what triggered you getting the letter

Welcome
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Old 07-07-2004, 12:14 AM
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Beaker:

Thanks for the post. The question you raise about how I was picked to send it to has also gone through my mind tonight. I will take your suggestion and go to the police station tomorrow.

Thanks again. Jaksmine
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