Sample Email Scams
Involving the British National Lottery
UK National Lottery
online Sweepstakes International program
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.
Claims Agent Williams Page <
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 17:47:09 +0000 (GMT)
From: Claims Agent Williams Page <
Subject: CONTACT: EXPORT COURIER SERVICE FOR THE COST OF DELIVERY
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
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
CONTACT:EXPORT COURIER SERVICE FOR DELIVERY
: 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.
12.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL___________
16.DATE OF DRAW:_________________________
INDICATE PREFERRED MODE OF PRIZE COLLECTION:
(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
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