This email with the subject "YOUR ERNEST ASSISTANCE" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Tue, 30 Oct 2007 21:55:21 -0700 and has been classified as a Generic Scam.
The sender was Mr Mark Harris <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
Dear Friend, Good day to you, I am Mr. Mark Harris, a citizen of the United Kingdom. I work with National Lottery Commission and Camelot Group PLC, "the official monitoring body and the operator of the UK National Lottery". I would like you to assist me so that we can claim the total sum of ÃÂ8,497,985(Eight Million Four Hundred And Ninety Seven Thousand, Nine Hundred And Eighty Five Great Britain pounds sterling) for our mutual benefit. The said amount is an unclaimed lottery prize fund from the National Lottery. The prize result was released over five months ago and since the result was released, the winner of the prize has not come with the winning lottery ticket to claim his or her winning prize. Sadly, there is a claim deadline of 180days(six months) for the claim of the prize; which means that, after the deadline of 180 days, the funds will be forfeited and remitted to the UK.Government if unclaimed. There has been several cases like this were some winners failed to claim their lottery winnings, and the prize were forfeited and remitted to the UK Government treasury. You can check the below BBC news and UK Lottery Post links to see and understand what I am talking about: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/sou th_yorkshire/4573760.stm http://www.lotterypost.com/news/104653.htm Below are some of the reasons why some winners fail to claim their winning prize: 1. The winner may have accidentally throw away the tickets or lost track of the winning ticket number and other vital information as regards the lucky win.2. Some winners do not check their tickets properly.3.The winner may not be aware of the victory .4. The National Lottery does not advice/inform winners of their winning via email hence some may not be aware that they won in the draws.5. Some persons are very scared to process their winnings via online as many fraudulent emails are circulating using the name of my company(The National Lottery) to scam innocent people. Please note that the National Lottery does not give out prizes via email notification. You must buy a lottery ticket, play the lottery and win in the draws before you can claim a prize. In view of the above, I hereby seek your consent to cooperate with me so that I can provide you the winning information of the prize funds of ÃÂ8,497,985 to enable you claim the funds. When the funds is paid to you, I shall compensate you with 45% of the total fund, 50% will be for me while the remaining 5% will be for travelling expenses, hotel accommodation, documentation fees and other unforeseen expenses. As soon as I receive an acknowledgement of your acceptance, I will furnish you with the necessary modalities of the transaction. All I require from you is your honest cooperation and confidentiality in this regard to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law as I have mapped out all plans to ensure we claim this funds without any trace in the future. I look forward to your quick response while thanking you for your anticipated co-operation. Best regards, Mark Harris. email@example.com