Million Dollar Award Scam

Million Dollar AwardHey, I won a million dollars. And ya’ll say there is no Santa Claus. Haters! It’s always nice to win a million dollar award, eh?

This was actually a quite good scam. Unless you check it out, of course. Then you find out that Webster Dixon has a web site at www.websterdixon.com, but for some reason is using a UK Yahoo! address; dixonwebster@yahoo.co.uk. Hmmm. That’s odd.

The funniest part is at the bottom, where it says “Sent via the WebMail system at customlh.com.” That’s the web site for a company called Custom Lighting and Hardware in Houston, Texas. So apparently one is to believe that Webster Dixon, a law firm based in London, is routing its e-mail through a lighting store in Houston, Texas. Call me weird, but I think that’s funny!

Anyway, here’s the e-mail.

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Webster Dixon LLP
Fourth Floor
Thavies Inn House
3-4 Holborn Circus
London EC1N 2HA

Dear Client,

we have been awaiting your establishing contact with us as regards transfer of your funds amounting $1,000,000. 00 USD.

The Vape Foundation Via Gramsci, 41 40050 Funo (Bologna) Italy website: http://www.vapefoundation.org/, a foundation working in Conjunction With The Economic Community For West African States, United Nations Organization And The European Union, who came to our chambers last week to hand your cheque to us.

The objective is to make a notable change in the standard of living of people all around the universe (from America to Europe, Asia to Africa and all around). the Vape Foundation has been assured of highest organization standard courtesy of the United Nations.

Based on the random selection exercise of internet websites and millions of supermarket cash invoices worldwide, you were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of $1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) As Charity Donations/aid from the Vape Foundation, ECOWAS, EU and the UN in accordance with the enabling act of parliament. (Note that all beneficiaries email addresses were selected randomly from over 100,000 internet websites or a shop’s cash invoice around your area in which you might have purchased something from).

They already made provision for our services and settled all bills of litigation. They did not specify when you shall be making contact and for a fact we expected you to have contacted us via mail to confirm our possessing your cheque.

All you need to do right now to proceed is reconfirm your contact co-ordinates – full names, address, country and most important your phone number.

Full names:
Address:
State:
Zip:
Country:
Sex:
Age:
Occupation:
E-mail address:
Telephone number:

Reply us with the afore-requested details. We will have to send Vape Foundation a mail to the effect that you have made contact regarding the cheque the left you.

Regards

Ms. Mary King
Secretary
Webster Dixon LLP

DISCLAIMER: This message is for the designated recipient only and may contain privileged, proprietary, or otherwise private information. If you have received it in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the original. Any other use of this e-mail by you is prohibited.

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Sent via the WebMail system at customlh.com

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20 Responses to Million Dollar Award Scam

  1. Dominque Rollin October 3, 2011 at 2:09 am #

    Whoah, this blog is wonderful. I love reading your articles. Keep up the great work! You know, many people are searching around for this info, you could help them greatly.

  2. Frances March 31, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    I think this is interesting. I have received a few of these, but thankfully Gmail’s spam function is pretty good at catching stuff.

  3. ssblaze October 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    I have received many, I mean many of these so called lottery winings. I have a report fraud button on my top bar. I do report them often. I’m not sure, however if anyone looks into these things. We would all love to be financially set. I personally have won a real lottery and can tell you that nothing takes place over the internet where winning money is involved. If you do win an internet drawing it is because you filled out a form and are playing yourself. Good luck to everybody. and i hope you all win big money like I have.
    Scott Stuerke

  4. Junior July 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    people are suckers for money, when it comes to money all commonsense goes out the window! Come on people dont be stupid! scams like this are thriving because so many people are a bunch of suckers, think really hard before you give them money or your personal information. there is no such thing as free money unless you played and win the lotto.

  5. Maria June 17, 2009 at 3:47 am #

    I also received a e-mail that I won $1000,000.00. When I respond, they say I must send them a Cheque of $820.00 for handlings costs, and it it then I realized it is a scam. But unlucky for me, I already send my Bank details and now concerned about it.

  6. Not so DUMMM May 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    Too bad this is a big Scam, we could all use the money.I recived an e-mail from an attorney in London by the name of Robert Dixon,second floor,Stanford Bridge House,12-14 Holborn Circus,London EC1N 2HA. A bank by the name of,
    European Chattered Bank,account operations department,29 Fenchurch Street,London, United Kingdom,EC2R 7HE. A lady by the name of Linda Shaw said I had to open an ESCROW ACCOUNT at there bank for $610 so I can get my CHECK of $4,000,000. Good thing I found this web site. I almost looked like a lollypop(sucker). I even sent an e-mail to the London Police to see if these people were Legit. They haven’t got back to me. Thanks Guy’s for the info.
    Not So Dummm

  7. amir hoshang kazemi February 8, 2009 at 2:49 am #

    I am amir hoshang kazemi (amirhoshang2@yahoo.com)
    I dont know english very well.please send more information (from your organization)to me.How i can believe this message ? and i understand you tell true ? where are you find my email and select me ?

  8. Older January 11, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    If it’s too good to be true. It is! Hang on to you money and invest yourself. Nothing is free. These scams are getting ore creative everyday. Have you noticed, none of these individuals can spell? Clue # 1.

    Safeguard your privay and assets.

  9. Timekeeper January 2, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    I really liked this post. Can I copy?
    Thank in advance.

    Sincerely, Timur.

  10. ed December 30, 2008 at 12:46 am #

    My letter was the same except sent by different law firm. LOL

    Claims Legal Department
    Assigned Legal Officer: Barrister Dennis Robert
    Address: Ryzard Keppner LLP,Fourth Floor,Thavies Inn
    House.3-4 Holborn Circus,London EC1N 2HA.
    Telephone Number: (+44) 703 195 8467
    E-mail: enquire_legalservicechamber@live.com

  11. April November 5, 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    Here is the letter I got. Different Solicitor and Law firm, same scam!

    John Hollis LLP
    Fourth Floor
    Thavies Inn House
    3-4 Holborn Circus
    London EC1N 2HA

    Dear Client,

    In respect to your email, we have been awaiting your establishing contact with
    us as regards transfer of your funds amounting $3,000,000. 00 USD. You can as
    well come down to our chambers or even send someone on your behalf.

    A Mr. Emad Laperrière from Vape Foundation Via Gramsci, 41 40050 Funo, Bologna
    http://www.vapefoundation.org/, a foundation working in Conjunction With The
    Economic Community For West African States, United Nations
    Organization And The
    European Union, who came to our chambers last week to hand your cheque to us.

    He already made provision for our services and settled all bills of
    litigation.
    He did not specify when you shall be making contact and for a fact we expected
    you to have contacted us via mail to confirm our possessing your cheque.

    All you need to do right now to proceed is reconfirm your contact
    co-ordinates –
    Full names, Address, State, Zip, Country, Sex, Age, Occupation, E-mail address
    and most important your phone number. Reply us with the
    afore-requested details
    to hollisjohnllp@yahoo.co.uk We will have to send Vape Foundation a
    mail to the
    effect that you have made contact regarding the cheque he left you.

    Regards

    Nancy John
    Secretary
    John Hollis LLP

    CONFIDENTIAL: The information contained in this communication, including its
    attachments may contain confidential information and is intended only for the
    individual(s) or entity(ies) to whom it is addressed. The information
    contained
    in this communication may also be protected by legal privilege, federal law or
    other applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient of this
    communication, you are hereby notified that any distribution, dissemination or

  12. Laddie October 22, 2008 at 8:00 pm #

    I also received this one…is only one of many, many, many different ones I too received….unfortunately, no Santa as all know, except in our hearts. We shall just keep Santa there and let the scammers keep their devils.
    I also was checking out the Vape when I found your blog.

  13. Dutch Priest October 10, 2008 at 1:40 pm #

    Thank you. I got the same come on. I found your blog in the process of checking out the Vape Foundation. You’re right, it’s a pretty good scam.

    — Dutch

  14. Mohamed Abdel Rasoul October 8, 2008 at 5:12 am #

    Hi all:
    I’ve just received an email stating that I am the beneficiary of ONE MILLION US DOLLARS. I know well that even if I had Zillions of dollars I would never spend more than what I need. I am not a sort of luxurous person. All the rest will go to charity the way I do now.

    I am here detecting your web mailto see if you were the sender of this SCAM e mail and I found out . I guess there is no need to publish it.
    Thank you

  15. cameron d. morran September 20, 2008 at 10:04 am #

    These are nothing more than scams to get your money. “Don’t you believe a word of it” Over the past few months I have recieved hundreds of these B.S. notifications. All of them are phony.
    Protect yourself and your money
    If you get one of these, remember the old adage” afool and his money are soon parted” don’t answer delete them immediately.

  16. despina September 19, 2008 at 4:29 am #

    i also have received a few of these exact emails but sorry guys and gals i won 5 million!!! so i sent them emails to tell them i do not have that kind of money and they r going crazy sending me emails that i better hurry or else,, thanks for the info,,,, so my dreams will have a rest,, all the best to all of you!

  17. ron September 14, 2008 at 3:41 am #

    I also received an email stating I won 1 million US dollars and was wondering if it were possible!!! I was just amazed of the e-mail and wonder how come that they’re are giving such a large amount of money as worldwide economic crisis is prevalent…..People of such devilish act are responsible for what they’re doing,…there’s time for everything!!!!

  18. George September 11, 2008 at 5:59 pm #

    I also got this e-mail. I thought it was strange that i’d never been on any mailing list or anything that would lead them to me. I sent my info, but thank god i read this before i filled out whatever it is they’re planning to send me next!!!! People are scandalous, thanx for the headz up!

  19. Wicasta September 11, 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    Sorry, Ryan. My post was all about sarcasm. As I said, there is a legitimate law firm in London called Webster Dixon, but it has nothing to do with the e-mail scam that’s using their name. It’s an old money-laundering scheme in which they’ll send victims a check to cash, with instructions to send part of the money back to them. Then, of course, the check will bounce and you’ll wind up not only losing the money you sent them, but you’ll be responsible for the bounced check, as well.

  20. Ryan September 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    I was just reading your blog about the email you received from the London based Webster Dixon LLP. I also received an email stating I won 1 million US dollars and was wondering if it were possible, if there is a santa claus!! Anyway, I sensed sarcasm in your blog but still wanted confirmation…. you didn’t actually win a million dollars through that email, did you??? I really like to know, in case I have a chance of getting that much money. My email is ryanm141@yahoo.com

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