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Is it a lottery or a sweepstakes? Another UK National Lottery scam, the "UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE GAME PROMO" tries to pass itself off as a promotion for a lottery... which you won. You might wonder why the email for the UK National Lottery came from a Polish free email address, or why they can't spell "Wednesday" or "February", but nobody said scammers were all that bright: just criminal.
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.
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE GAME PROMO < firstname.lastname@example.org > wrote:
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 17:06:54 +0300 (MSK)
Subject: BRITISH DESK NOTIFICATION!!!
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY
P O BOX 1010
LIVERPOOL, L70 1NL
RE/AWARD BRITISH NOTIFICATION DESK
Dear Lucky Winner,
We happily announce to you the new year draw (#994) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on Wesdnesday, Febuary 14th 2007. It is yet to be unclaimed and you are getting the final NOTIFICATION as regards this. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 1037 drew the lucky numbers: 07,14,29,37,41,45,04 (bonus no.04), 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 £1,500,000 (one million five hundred thousand great British pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of £10,500,000 shared amongst the first seven (7) 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 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 £1,500,000 (one million five hundred thousand Great Britain pounds sterling) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe. Our European agent will immediately commence the process 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 till your claims 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!!!.
PLEASE WE ADVISE YOU TO FILL THIS VERIFICATION FORM AND GET BACK TO THE FUDICIARY CLAIMS AGENT VIan email AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATIONS TO ENABLE US FILE YOUR CLIAMS.
VERIFICATION AND CLEARANCE FORM
7.E-MAIL ADDRESS: __
B. REF NUMBER:______
10.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL:
Barrister. Luis Santiago ESQ
Alpha Consultants Lawfirm & Schmidtz Associates
(Solicitors Advocates & Arbitrators)
Fudiciary Agent/Payment Officer.
Endeavour to email/fax him your full names, winning numbers,email/billing address, telephone and fax numbers immediately. Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.
Mrs. Deborah Moore
Online coordinator for THE NATIONAL LOTTERY Sweepstakes International Program.