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Sample Email Scams Involving the British National Lottery
UK National Online Lottery Sweepstakes Promotion
Henry Preston

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

"Henry Preston" sends out another UK National Lottery Scam. 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: Henry Preston < 
Subject: Lottery Claim.
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2007 05:16:26 +0000 (GMT)

Compliments of the day to you. I am in receipt of your email and would want to inform you that with respect to your ticket number, you have been selected as a winner in this quarter of the UK National Online Lottery Sweepstakes Promotion in the second category.

Your email address was randomly selected along with others from over 125,000 website on the Internet. Thus your email address ( was attached to a ticket number (112-4540-525-106) which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.

 You are therefore entitled to claim a lump sum pay out sum of 480,152.00(Four hundred and eighty thousand one hundred and fifty-two Great Britain Pounds) in cash credited to file (UXL/03920462943/07). This is from a total cash prize of 3,361,064.00 (Three million three hundred and sixty-one thousand and sixty-four Great Britain Pounds) shared equally amongst the first seven (7) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 plus bonus.

 I have cross verified the information you have sent to my desk and as your assigned fiduciary agent, I hope to do my best to ensure your file is given the necessary attention.  I would require you provide the information as requested below to facilitate my activities with the verification and remittance department for the release of your lottery prize.

1.Full Name:
2.Residential Address:
3.Marital Status:
8.Country Of Residence:
9.Telephone Number:
10.Fax Number:

  Endeavour to keep information about your lottery winnings confidential until your claims have been processed and funds have been remitted to you. This is to avoid double claiming as it might lead to your disqualification by the Lottery Board.

 Hopefully, I will get back to you soon. Ensure to attend to the required.

Best regards,

Henry Preston. 

+447 011 121 847

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