Every month, thousands of these email messages are sent out by lottery scammers to trick their potential victims into stealing their personal information and subsequently asking them to send money in order to receive their so-called lottery prize. Sending your personal information to these cyber-criminals will only help them rip you off or steal your money. Therefore, online users who have received the same email messages are asked to delete them.
A "2020 WhatsApp Award" Lottery Scam
From: WhatsApp Incorporation - firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2020, 01:37
Subject: Approved, Contact Our Paying Bank
2020 WhatsApp Award
Approved! Dear Winner,
Congratulations to you once again from the desk of the Whatsa App's Ballot Promotion Team. We wish to officially inform you that your application has now been approved for payment via ATM Visa Card Valued at $700,000.00 USD.
Your numbers attached to lucky number (WH/US-6463457) drew the lucky numbers of 03-06-08-10-12-16-2, consequently won the ballot in category C which falls in Asian region for payment.
Your won prize fund $700,000.00 USD has been issued in your name by our correspondent bank in Thailand where your winning ballot numbers fall for payment.
Kindly take note of this enclosed number ( WH/US-6463457 ) Attached to this mail is your winning certificate, You may send it to the bank for reference:
For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize money remitted/released to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of unofficial personnel taking undue advantage of this program.
We have forwarded your information to the bank for processing of visa card payment.
Below is the contact details of our paying bank, contact them on their email address
Allway Bank Thailand
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Remittance Manager: Mr. Simon Kuwar
Address: A149/38 bumrung samranraj road. Pranakorn., Bangkok Thailand.
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