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Sample Email Scams Involving the British National Lottery
British International Lottery and Sweepstake
"Lawrence Artkinson"

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

Have you received an email from the "British International Lottery"? Have you ever heard of the "British International Lottery"?  The cheque will bounce. There is no such lottery. How could your "email address" win a lottery?  Did you buy a ticket? Oh, that 's right; they say in the email that "the lottery tickets are free".  We assume they have magic fairies printing the money for them to give away. 

Besides which, NO lottery ever emails people to tell them they won.  It is a scam.

Of course, there are only two legal lotteries in Britain, the National Lottery and the Monday Lottery, anyway, 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; such as random capitalization, the use of a free Yahoo email account and the omnipresent claim that your "email address attached to ticket..." was the key to winning. As if email addresses are used to hand out money...

Also see this page to find out what happens if you reply to them!

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


Fraud Example


BRITISH INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
OFFICE HEADQUATERS,
CUSTOMER SERVICES & INFORMATION
28 TANFIELD ROAD, CROYDON
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM. WCH9 GB1

Ref No: BIL/ 0133#
Batch: 2CW/ 5155

WINNING NOTIFICATION

Courtesy of the draw results released on the 27th of February, 2007, of the BRITISH INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY E-ADDRESS GAME , your e-address, which was affixed to the ticket number: 411-2334-0J with serial Number: I10999, was picked as one of the lucky winning e-addresses. Your e-address which drew the lucky number: (12, 17 74 43 and JackPot Ball *61*) : has was won you the prize for the second category draws.

Subject to this notification, you have therefore been accredited to receive the sum of Ł250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pound Sterling) as a second category prize. This prize has been credited in cash to file SCW//001.0012/0J from the total cash prize of Ł 250,000,000, budgeted for this year's winners in all categories.

The Lottery game for second category winners is free. The lottery tickets are free also and you do not need to pay a dime to enter. It is an e-address lottery draw designed to make winners all over the globe and you do not have to enter in person to play. The active participation of winners is not a prerequisite as selected e-addresses are collected from the World Wide Web, Urls, Outlook, Search engines and company profiles of Personnels, Executives and a host of others.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and prize remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this programme.

Be informed that your ticket number, which qualified you as a second category winner, falls within our booklet supervisory office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon before the draws. This however means that your winning prize will be released by our designated affiliates in the United Kingdom. The transfer of your winning prize would commence as soon as you establish contact with your approved Claims Director.

To file for your claim, please contact your Claims Director by email with the following information : 1. Full Name and Address (No P.O. BOX) 2. Ref No. and Batch No. 3. Winning E-mail 4. Age 5. Contact phone number 6. Country 7.Occupation

CONTACT PERSON (Claims Director)

Lawrence Artkinson (Lottery Agent, Claims Office, UK)
Telephone: +44 (701) 115 3187
Email: ag.lawrenceartkinson@yahoo.com

Congratulations from British International Lottery and Sweepstake Sponsors/Promoters of this programme.

Zonal Co-ordination & Information
British International LotteryŠ
Sweepstakes International Programme
Croydon, London.
England .

E-lottery From British International LotteryŠ Board, United Kingdom. Second category game winners Š2007. All rights reserved.


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