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Sample Email Scams Involving the British National Lottery
UK National Online Lottery Sweepstakes Promotion
British American Tobacco P.L.C

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

Another UK National Lottery scam.  Oddly, this scammer believes that adding the name "British American Tobacco P.L.C" adds credibility.

Of course, 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 this is a scam.

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

Fraud Example

Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 22:57:42 -0500

British American Tobacco P.L.C
Globe House 4 Temple Place
London WC2R 2PG

TRACK Nº: 51024060210


This is to inform you that have been selected for a cash prize of £ One million Great British Pounds) , International programs held on the 7th of Febuary 2007 in the London Uk. The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized email selection system(ess) from a database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.

The Uk National Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public. To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your claims officer through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated below:


Contact Person: Mr.Donald Wilson.
Telephone: +447011133851,+447011133851 +44 70457 00846
Time to call(10am to 5pm london time GMT ) ================================================================

contact him, please provide him with the following codes below:
Secret pin code x7pwyz2005
Serial number 5368/02
REF No: UK/9420X2/68
TICKET No: 56475600545188

You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible:

Claims Requirements:

1.Name in full--------------------------------------------------------------
7.Present Country-----------------------------------------------------------==================================================================

You are to choose from the below listed options in which best suit you to recieve your prize,
1.Bank swift wire transfer (Cheque Issued by CITI Bank )
2.Courier deliveryIf you do not contact your claims agent within 7 working days of this notification, your winnings would be revoked.

Winners are advised to keep their winning details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT) pending the transfer/claim by Winner.*Winner under the age of 18 are automatically disqualified.*Staff of the Uk National Lottery are not to partake in this Lottery.

Accept my hearty congratulations once again!


Victor Brown

NB:Note that you are not to reply to this E-mail, please contact your claims officer directly to start the processing of your claims application form.

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