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Sample Email Scams Involving the British National Lottery
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Online Sweepstakes International Program
Mr. Mark Benson

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

Another UK National Lottery Scam, this one from a "Mr. Mark Benson". 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 is a scam email actually received.

DO NOT reply to any emails you receive that claim 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.

For your education and entertainment, we have highlighted some of the obvious clues that thi sis a scam.

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


Fraud Example


From: "UK NATIONAL LOTTERY" < uksection_n6@hotmail.co.uk >
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS,
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2007 10:25:31 +0000

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)


Batch: 074/05/ZY369
Ref: UK/9420X2/68  
                                                                
 CONGRATULATIONS; YOU HAVE WON

We happily announce to you the draw (#942) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on 2nd of January year 2007.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 4-6-9-12-15-40 (bonus no.25), 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 900,000,00 (Nine Hundred Thousand Pounds sterling Only) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system 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 Africa booklet representative office in Africa as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your 900,000,00 (Nine Hundred Thousand Pounds sterli ng Only) will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Africa.

Our Africa agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact our claim agent. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim your fund, 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. 

To file for your claim, Please contact your claim agent immediately.
Mr. Mark Benson 
TEL;+27 73 0871209
Official Email: (claimoffice12668@yahoo.com)

ONCE AGAIN THE WHOLE OF THE NATIONAL UK LOTTERY STAFFS ARE CONGRATULATING YOU, SO PLEASE GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATIONS TO ENABLE US FILE YOUR CLAIMS. AND WE WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU THAT YOUR CLAIMS WAS PICKED BY RANDOM SEARCH OF EMAILS AND YOU WERE FIXED AT THE DRAW WHICH YOU CAME OUT SUCESSFULLY THAT IS WHY YOU WERE NOTED SO PLEASE FILL OUT THE INFORMATION BELOW SO THAT WE PROCEED WITH YOUR CLAIMS.

1.FULL NAMES:________________________ __________

2.ADDRESS:____________________ _________________________

______________________________ ______________

3.SEX:_______________

4.AGE:________


5.MARITAL STATUS:___________________

6.OCCUPATION:_________________ _______

7.E-MAIL ADDRE SS:______________________ _______

8.TELEPHONE NUMBER:_____________________

9.BATCH NUMBER:____________________ B. REF NUMBER:______________

10.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL___________
11.AMOUNT WON:__________________________ _________

______________________________ _____________


12. COUNTRY_______________________ _________


Please endevour to call your claim agent as soon as you recieve this mail for more information and verification to avoid double claim.

Yours faithfully lotto manager,
Mr. MARK BENSON
Online coordinator for THE NATIONAL LOTTERY

 


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