Scam Email Sends You to 2012 London Olympics

olympics 150x150 Scam Email Sends You to 2012 London OlympicsA BBB Accredited Business in the Louisville, Kentucky region received the following scam email this week. It says you have won a trip to the 2012 London Olympics. 

That would be great, but it isn’t true. This morning I deconstructed the scam part by part—please see my non-italicized comments below.

From: DELOITTE/LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES [mailto:garretdonegan@yahoo.co.uk]
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2012 9:43 PM
To: BBB Accredited Business
Subject: Dear Respondent.

Stonecutter Court
1 Stonecutter Street
London
United Kingdom
EC4A 4TR 

Ref No: JG3/6801/LNDL

DELOITTE/LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES PROMOTIONAL DRAW  

Dear Respondent,

We are pleased to announce your email address as one of the 20 lucky winners in the Deloitte/London 2012 Olympic Games Promotional

First of all, you can’t win a promotion that you didn’t enter.

Second, it is my understanding from the Federal Trade Commission that it is illegal for U.S. citizens to enter foreign lotteries/drawings/promotions etc. unless you travel to the foreign country and purchase a ticket or enter the drawing inside that country.

Third, it is also my understanding that genuine lottery winners are notified by certified mail. Not email. Not ever.

Draw held on the 11th July 2007.  All 20 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand) international emails addresses.

You have therefore been awarded a promotional prize money of GBP 3,800,000.00 (Three Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Pounds) only.

 Your email address emerged alongside 19 others as a category winner in this series.

Uh, huh. Randomly selected how? Why? Where did they get your information?

The Deloitte/London 2012 Olympic Games Promotional Draw is proudly in association with, Grosvernor UK, Centros Miller, Marshalls,

Cushman & Wakefield, & Drapers International, it has been organized to encourage the use of the internet and computers.

Sure, that sounds logical. Without encouragement, nobody would use the Internet or computers. I can see a real need for this organization—not! 

It is worthy of note that over GBP 25 Million Pounds are won annually in our promotional draws in over 150 countries world-wide.

 Really? Then how come I’ve never heard of it?

 Below are particulars attached to your winning payment order:

 Batch No:    90556313/251
Winning No: 13-53-61-82-85 Bonus No: 7

You are advised to currently keep your winning information confidential untill you claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this promo.

No, this is part of your precautionary measure to avoid losing victims. And anyway, that doesn’t even make sense. How would telling another person prevent “double-claiming”? What do they mean, “abuse”?

Another point: Is “untill” just a typo, or a more sinister indication that “Garret Donegan” is not as familiar with the English language as he’d like you to think? How about “emails addresses,” “a promotional prize money” and “have been granted automatic visa waver” (below)? They’re good, but they’re not as good as they need to be. English is so darned tricky!

Kindly contact our Promotional Claims Agent to enable a quick process of your winning prize.

If you genuinely won a lottery or sweepstakes, they would send you the money and that would be the end of it. Period. Notice how, above, “Garret” claims you have been awarded “Three Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Pounds) only.” That “only” and the fact that he’s asking you to contact Paul at Pamela’s email (what officer for a legitimate organization doesn’t have his own email?) are signs that he’s about to ask you to wire money.

In addition, “Garret’s” email address above is a personal one. I don’t know about you, but every work email I’ve ever sent had the name of my company in it.

Here’s the scam: “Garret” hopes that you will send him a nice fat sum of money, let’s just say $2,500, via Western Union. Then, he’ll release your check. Or he’ll send you a fake check and have you deposit it and then wire him some money so he can send you “all” of your winnings. Either way, he’ll  be richer by whatever amount you wire off, and you’ll be poorer by that amount. Plus, if you deposit a fake check and take money out against it, you’ll be out all that money too.

Paul Deighton (Promotional Claims Agent)
Deloitte/London Olympic Games Draw  
Stonecutter Court
1 Stonecutter Street
London
United Kingdom
EC4A 4TR 
T
el:   +44 702 408 8886
Email: pamelagoldman@live.com

Once again, we say congratulations.

Regards

Garret Donegan
Public Affairs Officer

Note: All winners outside the UK have been granted automatic visa waiver to attend the London 2012 Olympic Games. A special Gala party will also be held in your honour by the City of London Council.

Um…yeah. Last time I checked, U.S. citizens didn’t need a tourist visa to visit the U.K. But if you did, I’m sure they wouldn’t just “waive” you into the country as stated above. “Sure, she’s got an email address. Ok, let’s let her in.”

Bottom line:
Garret and his fellow scam artists are hoping you’ll be unsuspecting enough to fall for this nasty con. Let’s disappoint them. And if you get this email, please DO tell—tell your BBB; tell the Internet Crime Reporting Center at www.ic3.gov; tell every one of your friends and family. Let’s make 2012 the worst year for scammers yet.

Thanks to Bruce Gadansky of the BBB Serving Louisville, Western Kentucky & Southern Indiana for this tip on what the “knuckleheads” are up to now.

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About Holly Doering

Holly Doering has worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana for half a decade. Her areas of expertise include the CORE Values Program (Character, Optimism, Respect, Ethics) for Teens and Charity Review as well as writing and editing. Prior to that, she has written for two newspapers, a local magazine, and taught English at the community college. She is the proud author of a short story in ZYZZYVA literary magazine and has had good luck publishing lots of poetry. Each year she rolls up her sleeves and wades into the autumn Nanowrimo writing madness and has several unfinished novels to her credit.