Scammers are becoming much more creative. And you had better keep up. New on the block is the Western Union promotion lottery scam. Take a look at a prototype of the email these scammers use:
Western Union Promotion Lottery
A Division of Financial Service Provider
Your Winning File Number WUMT/UK/2013
The Western Union office in UK is announcing 162th Annual Anniversary 2013, we rolled out over £16,000.000.00 Million Pounds (Sixteen Million Great British Pounds). All participants emails were selected in our computer balloting drawn 11,000,00 companies email address, and 14,000.00 individual email address from over 22 networks from USA, Europe and Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America and all Africa Nations, South Africa as part of global promotion held in England, United Kingdom.
We officially announce to you that your email address has been selected for cash prize winner the sum of £820,000.00 Pounds (Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Great British Pounds) A winners do not need to buy ticket(s) or play before one could become winner of this e-lottery rather all winners are selected through our computer random balloting from global email users, and you are entitled to furnish us your details/information for overseas payment.
Do contact our payment manager (Mr. Allen Fletcher) to enable them conduct the process to release your prize/fund directly to your designated bank account; also do provide the necessary details/information for propagation fund remittance. Please quote your winning file number and your winning transferring identification code in your correspondence to him.
There is no such lottery in existence, and nobody wins a lottery without playing first. Ignore such messages or simply reply: ‘maga no need pay.’