Powerball Scam Warning

DENVER - The Colorado Lottery is warning residents about an Internet scam that uses the popular Lottery game, Powerball, as a means to take advantage of unsuspecting victims.  The following is an e-mail scam that is currently being distributed:

Subject: AWARD NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE (REF. NO: EGS/2551256003/03)
From: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS
POWERBALL© AWARD DEPARTMENT REF. NO: EGS/2551256003/03
BATCH NO: 14/0017/IPD

Dear John Doe,

The following information is attached to the ticket number 11-23-34-38-48-49 with serial number 25412561 (for security purposes you must reply to this email before we can release that information for confirmation).

The numbers above are the lucky numbers which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of US$715,810.00 (SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND TEN US DOLLARS) in cash credited to your POWERBALL© REF.NO: EGS/2551256003/02. This is from a total cash prize of US$13,871,320.00 shared among the seventeen winners in this category... CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

We are pleased to inform you of the release of the results of the POWERBALL© AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY "End-of-the-Year Drawing©" held on the 29th of January, 2004. Unfortunately we have not been able to contact you via the home phone number we have on file. Nevertheless, we can still process your claim provided that we receive confirmation from you immediately.

IMPORTANT: Please be informed that if you are not Jason Hardin you must delete this email immediately. We will prosecute fraudulent claims to the fullest extent of the law.

Your EGS account is now in the trust of a security company insured in your name. Due to the occasional mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated account, as this is a part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from USA, Australia, Europe and Asia as part of our end of year international program, which we conduct once every year. We hope with a part of your prize money, you will take part in our mid year (summer) POWERBALL© High Stakes US$1.6 billion International Lottery.

To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent by replying to this message or sending us an email to: iwon@international***.com

When we receive your reply to this email we can begin processing your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed no later than March 1, 2004. After this date all of your funds will be returned to the International Lottery Commission as unclaimed.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch number in all your correspondence with us. Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all the members of our staff and welcome to the Powerball© Winner´s Circle!

Sincerely,


Will Thompson
Vice President, International Promotions
POWERBALL© Inc.
http://www.power***.us
EMAIL: wthompson@international***.com
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The Colorado Lottery advises anyone who receives this e-mail to disregard the information.  States participating in the Powerball jackpot game award prizes to players who present a valid winning ticket to the lottery office located in the state where the winning ticket was purchased.  None of the jurisdictions participating in Powerball offer an option that allows the Lottery to know, in advance, the name of the person holding a winning ticket.

The Colorado Lottery advises the public to be aware of this potential scam. If a person feels they have been the victim of a Lottery scam, notify Lottery Investigator Jim Kirby, at 303-759-6829, or local law enforcement agency.

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February 27, 2004
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