Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Have you received an email from the "Williams Page" at the "UK National Lottery"; that is, their "online Sweepstakes International program"? If any of that makes sense to you, and seems believable, we'd suggest you check into a rehab for the pathologically gullible, because this is clearly a scam.
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, etc.
In the UK, call the hotline at 020 7211 8111 to check or report lottery scams.
Claims Agent Williams Page < email@example.com > wrote:
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 17:47:09 +0000 (GMT)
From: Claims Agent Williams Page < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Subject: CONTACT: EXPORT COURIER SERVICE FOR THE COST OF DELIVERYNational Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
ATTENTION:Winner,CONGRATULATIONS!This is to inform you that you have been cleared a winner of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY online Sweepstakes International program. I am happy to inform you that i have forwarded your Original Certificate and your mode of prize collection to the courier company.Find below the details of the courier
company.CONTACT:EXPORT COURIER SERVICE FOR DELIVERY
HEAD OFFICE : EXPORT COURIER SERVICE..
BR30-36 NEW PORT,CARDIFF
BRCF24 ODE, UNITED KINGDOM
NAME: MR ALEX WHITE(dispatch officer)
You are adviced to send the courier company a mail to their email address for their courier cost. When contacting them, you are to include this order number as your subject. Please you are advised to write down the order number and save it.
1.FULL NAMES: ________________________
12.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL___________
16.DATE OF DRAW:_________________________
INDICATE PREFERRED MODE OF PRIZE COLLECTION:
(A) CHEQUE(B) DRAFT(C) TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER
IF BY TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER(Details of the account where you want your funds
(A) CHEQUE :________________________________________________
____________________________________________________Note: you are Quote your complete names, Ref/Batch Numbers and your direct phone number so that they can honour your letter. Once again i say congratulations and always inform me with your dealings with the courier