Last October, Dave Dawes and his fiance Angela Dawes (we wonder if she’ll take his name or keep her own; maybe they’ll hyphenate – Dawes-Dawes?, maybe he’ll take hers, no matter), won a lottery in the UK.
As seen in the article below, they have decided to give a portion of their money to, and we quote, “a select group of friends and family members” numbering “15 to 20 people”.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44866640/ns/us_news-giving/ <== the article.
Well, it’s taken two months but the lucky couple have now been immortalized in spam.
Subject: Grant Donation!!!
From: Dave & Angela Dawes
Date Sent: 12/16/2011 8:23:06 AM
My wife and I won one of Britain’s biggest lottery of £101 Million British Pounds and we have decided to donate to the less privileged and charity projects all over the world, and make at least 20 people millionaires.
To verify,please see our interview by visiting the web page below.
The articles referenced all clearly state that Angela is Dave’s fiancée and that they intend to get married next year (2012). We can only assume that the fact that their last names are so similar is misleading to whoever is pretending to be them.
Your email address was among the emails which was submitted to us by the google inc. as a web user, to be one of our beneficiaries,kindly send us the below details so that we can issue a valid cheque for £1,500,000.00 pounds in your name or direct our bank to effect the transfer of the funds.
The articles are pretty explicit as to the intentions of Dave and Angela and their distribution of wealth. We would think that the term “friends and family” would need to be stretched quite a bit to include random individuals culled from the Internet by Google.
We tried that concept last year and Thanksgiving dinner was a disaster as a result.
====================================================== *Full Name:
How often do you ask your friends and family to confirm their identity?
“Would you like some more potatoes, Aunt Betty?”
“Why, yes, thank you, Ellis.”
“Wonderful, if we could just see a current photo ID and perhaps a bank statement then….”
Send your response to Dave-Angela-Dawes@gmx.com
Dave & Angela Dawes
Curiously, we received the same email from DaveAngelaDawes@gmx.com with the subject “Grean Donation!!!”
We received the following,
Subject: Dear Beneficiary
From: Dave & Angela Dawes
To: Recipients Date
Sent: 12/17/2011 4:36:46 AM
This seems to have come as an automated response. A normal email reply would have sorted our email address out.
My wife and I are very happy to hear from you because we believe this is a life time opportunity for you and your family, which was why we had to make sure our interview is put on the internet for the world to see and we have also attached our real pictures to this mail to definitely prove to you that you are in the right hands.
Our correspondent is still confused by the last names and has again assumed that they were married despite the articles clearly stating otherwise.
We plan to take care of the needs of our immediate family members and make some of our friends millionaires because we believe in making others comfortable and happy like us.
This seems to correspond to their intent as stated in the news reports.
My wife and I will assist the local fire department, the Red Cross, Haiti, some hospitals majorly involved in cancer treatment, and some other charity organizations in Africa, Asia and Europe that fight cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
Again with “the wife”. One might assume that if they were planning to be such great humanitarians, they might have told the press in order to get a little public pat on the back.
However, since we won the Euro Millions Lottery, my wife and I have been investing ahead of the future, as we just bought some houses in London, Portugal and also in Ukraine but because we are on vacation in Ukraine and we have transferred your donated funds(£1,500,000.00 GBP)from Citibank London to Citibank Ukraine. PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THIS!
We are sure the Citibank in the Ukraine is much more secure than the Citibank in London so this makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?
One amazing incident happened this morning because I got an email from one of the beneficiaries who lives in Cyprus, Mr kostas, thanking my wife and I for the cash donation to him and his family.
“Dear Dave and Angela,
Thank you for the money. It will buy many goats.
This kind of emails we receive from our beneficiaries gives my wife and I much joy and we are really happy for you, being one of our beneficiaries.
Isn’t that nice?
Mr Kostas told us that he received his own funds, though he was a little scared and afraid as a result of different scams going on in the internet today, but he made up his mind, he trusted us and he followed the bank’s instructions, which facilitated to the safe transfer of the funds which we donated to him and his family.
No, he didn’t. He said nothing of the sort.
I have submitted your Name, Email Address and your Mobile Number to our pay-out bank(JSCB Citibank Ukraine)and the bank’s funds transfer department will send you an email to facilitate the disbursement process of the funds £1,500,000.00 GBP which was donated to you.
Wouldn’t it had made more sense to either leave the money in London or transfer it to a US bank?
When we go on vacation we do not transfer all our financial doings to the local savings bank in where ever we are staying for a week. It’s not like you can actually see the money. It’s all just numbers in a file.
Can you picture the chaos that would exist if you kept your money with you? Transfer it to a bank near work every morning, back home at night, to the club on weekends, Grandmother’s house on holidays and so on. The banks would never get any serious gouging done.
Additionally, if we had 156 million pounds to play with the Ukraine would not be our first choice of a vacation spot.
My wife and I humbly urge you to cooperate with our payout bank, JSCB Citibank Ukraine in other to enhance a smooth and successful transfer of the funds which we donated to you because you are our only beneficiary who has not yet received his donation money.
That’s probably because you transferred the money to the Ukraine, you daffy twit.
We are very happy and proud to help you and your family and we also suggest that you may also get in touch with the bank on (Citi.email@example.com) for the disbursement of your funds.
We just sent you some of our recent photos … feel free to watch them.
One watches a film, one views or looks at photographs.
We love you and your family.
You wouldn’t if you knew them, and we are possessed of a great self-loathing as well.
They were kind enough to enclose some candid snapshots. Hurray!!!
Of course, not wishing to leave well enough alone, we sent the preceding back to the post.com email address, but it came back rejected.
Disheartened, we assumed, incorrectly, that our new misadventure had come to an end when suddenly we received this:
From: Dave Dawes
Date Sent: 12/15/2011 12:59:55 PM
This is a personal email directed to you. I am Dave Dawes, my fiancee and
I won a Jackpot Lottery of £101 million pounds ($156 million) in
October, and have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of £1 million
pounds ($1.56 million) to you as part of our own charity project to
improve the lot of 5 unknown lucky individuals all over the world plus 15
close friends and family. If you have received this email then you are
one of the lucky recipients and all you have to do is get back with us so
that we can send your details to the payout bank.
You can verify this by visiting the web pages below.
Best of luck,
It seems that this Dave Dawes has at least read the articles and understands the working relationship between Dave and Angela. He’s even corrected the number of friends and family members to account for the five random individuals. Sadly, he still has a credibility factor of zero.
Chinese email and British phone, odd combination isn’t it?
We wasted no time in sending the previous email, replete with pictures to Dave at his new Chinese email address. It seems that he is branching out on his own. Or at least has abandoned his wife in favor of his fiance.
Given that this Dave seems to have some command of English, we hold no great hope for receiving a reply.
If we do, we shall continue the misadventure.
In the meantime, if you do not actually know Dave and Angela Dawes, and have not actually spoken to them regarding your share of the money, please assume that you are not getting any of it.
Delete the emails and press on.
This is a Fraud.
That is all.