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Sample Email Scams Involving the British National Lottery - Page 1

How to Recognize Them and What To Do If You Receive One

There are only two legal lotteries in Britain, the National Lottery and the Monday Lottery, and they do NOT use email to notify winners. Below are scam emails actually received. Comments have been added in red to help explain their tricks.

DO NOT reply to any emails you receive saying that you have won a lottery that you did not enter.  They are frauds.  You will lose your money.  There is no "free lunch"; don't be foolish and believe a scam!  We can not say it any more plainly:  YOU WILL NOT BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL BY ANY LEGITIMATE LOTTERY THAT YOU WON A PRIZE.  If you do receive such an email, it IS a fraud, do not reply to it!  If you DID reply to one, click here to see what you will likely receive back.

In the UK, call the hotline at 020 7211 8111 to check or report lottery scams.


Fraud Example 1

The National Lottery

P O Box 1010

Liverpool, L70 1NL

UNITED KINGDOM

(Customer Services)

Date:18th February, 2006

 

WINNING NOTIFICATION

Ref: UK/9420X2/68

Batch: 074/05/ZY369

 

Dear Winner,

 

We happily announce to you the draw (#996) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held 1st FEBRUARY, 2006.

 

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 07 12 23 26 29 44 31

Winning Numbers BreakdownBonus Ball Bonus Ball [38] which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.

 

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand pounds sterlings) Note: misspellings and bad grammar "sterlings" often give them away. You can bet any legitimate communication would have been properly vetted beforehand!) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.

 

This is from a total cash prize of 1,000,000 shared amongst the first four

(4) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.

 

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system (Note: Nonsense.  No legitimate lottery selects randomly from "websites.  How would they?  And how would they make a profit, since you never bought a ticket. ) and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations and corporate bodies that are listed online.

 

This promotion takes place weekly.

 

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.

In view of this, your 250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand pounds

sterlings) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

 

Our European agent will immediately commence theprocess to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.

 

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.

 

Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our claims agent:

Overseas Claims Unit

United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary

Mr. Scott Bedury,

Email:scottbedbury01_uknationallotto2005@hotmail.com (Note: A hotmail account?  Do you really think any real business or government organization would use hotmail accounts for official communications?)

Tel:+447031847074  (obviously a disposable mobile phone)

 

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish to establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented above citing the batch and reference numbers to this letter.

 

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and press anonymity until the end of proceedings and beyond where they so desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.

 

Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

 

Yours faithfully,

Brian Hunt

Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, Sweepstakes International Program.

Open 7 days 8am-8pm

 

CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and prohibited from unauthorized disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.

Copyright 1994-2005 The UK National Lottery Inc. Note: The copyright notice is meaningless, since they have plagiarized it!

All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guidelines.


Fraud Example 2

BRITISH LOTTERY

The Lottery Company
PO Box 200
Harrogate
HG1 2YR
www.lottery.co.uk
Note: the address and website address are real. But anyone copy copy an address in an email.  They don't need the address when they take money from your bank account!

EnglandHelp Line: 44704011**** The number changes, but it is always a discardable mobile!

YOU HAVE WON 710,000 POUNDS STERLING

Our Dear Winner,
You have won the sum of 710,000 (SEVEN HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND,POUNDS STERLING ) from BRITISH LOTTERY on our 2005 new year charity bonanza.

The winning ticket was selected from a Data Base of Internet Email Users, from which your Address came out as the winning coupon.

We hereby urge you to claim the winning amount quickly as this is a monthly lottery. Failure to claim your win will result into the reversion of the fund to our following month.

You are therefore requested to contact immediately out Claims Department below quoting winning number : CODE NUMBER-04378490.

Contact: MR GARRY MURPHY The name changes, too. Often they give themselves a title like "Dr." to carry importance.
EMAIL:contact73@zwal***


Provide the following information needed to process your winning claim.
(a) Your full Name and Address.
(b) Your Telephone and fax numbers
(c) You tax I.D.Number (if any).
(d) your contry of origin Poor spelling, punctuation and syntax  is typical in these emails

Congratulations once again.

note: we shall pay your claims through our offshore online bank please contact our helpdesk urgently by phone for comfirmation.

please quote your winning number.

Regards, DEBBI KING
Claims Department..
BRITISH LOTTERY
The Lottery Company
England

Help Line:44704011**


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