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Sample Email Scams Involving the British National Lottery
UK National Lottery
online Sweepstakes International program
"Williams Page"

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

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.

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, etc.

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


Claims Agent Williams Page < claimsagentwilliamspage@yahoo.co.uk > wrote:

Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 17:47:09 +0000 (GMT)
From: Claims Agent Williams Page < claimsagentwilliamspage@yahoo.co.uk >
Subject: CONTACT: EXPORT COURIER SERVICE FOR THE COST OF DELIVERY

National Lottery           
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X/05 
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
                          
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)
Fax:+448704793852
Fax:+448704793868
Tel:+447011129962
Tel:+447031949593
 

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: ________________________
2.ADDRESS:_________________________
3.SEX:____________________________
4.AGE:____________________________
5.MARITAL STATUS:_____________________
6.OCCUPATION:________________________
7.E-MAIL ADDRESS:_____________________
8.PASSWORD:_____________________
9.ZIP CODE:__________________
10.TELEPHONE NUMBER:___________________________
11.FAX NUMBERS____________________
12.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL___________
13.AMOUNT WON:___________________________________
14.STATE:__________________________________
15.COUNTRY:________________________________
16.DATE OF DRAW:_________________________
17.ORDER NUMBER:___________Q562725______________
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
 transferred):
(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
company.
 
 Thanks,
CLAIMS AGENT.

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