Lottery Scam Email:
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS
Have you received an email from "UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
HEADQUARTERS" telling you that "your email address won in the second category"
or something similar? It is a scam.
There are only two legal large 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,
see this page to find out
what happens next!
In the UK, call the hotline at 020 7211 8111 to check or report lottery scams.
There are many other signs that this is a fraud that we have
highlighted in the email below,
typically including one or more of these:
Email address ballot: There is no such thing as a
"computer ballot system" or "computer email draw". No one, not even
Microsoft has a database of email addresses of the type or magnitude they
Terrible spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammar - Scammers
apparently don't know how to use spell checkers. We assume they
dropped out of school before that class. They use almost random
CapItaLiZAtion and often can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to
be "22nd". Real lotteries proofread their emails and use people
who can write above the 3rd grade level.
Using free email account: The scammer is writing to
you from a FREE email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, Excite, AIM, Gmail, etc.). Don't you think a real organization
would use its own email, its own domain and website?
Keep Confidential - Real lotteries THRIVE on
publicity - they don't want you to keep anything secret - the publicity
causes people to buy more tickets. there is NO risk of "double claiming"
because they can validate where the ticket numbers were sold. The scammer
want you to keep quiet because they don't want the police or
ConsumerFraudreporting to hear about them!
Email notification: NO REAL LOTTERY SENDS AN EMAIL TO
NOTIFY WINNERS. Period. Full-stop. End of story. There mere fact
ALONE that you received an email saying you won a lottery is proof that it
is a scam.
Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification.
Actual scam email (One example - the scammers constantly change
names, dates and addresses!):
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Chequers Square, Uxbridge,
Middlesex UB8 1LN
Customer Service/Claims Department
Congratulations once again from staff and members of "UK
NATIONAL LOTTERY CLAIMS DEPARTMENT". On Behalf of the Screening
Committee of the CLAIMS DEPARTMENT, I wish to formally announced to
you that your winning informations have been verified and you have
been approved to claim your winning prize. You have successfully
passed the Email Screening Matching Test conducted for all on-line
winners of the Lottery Draws at the headquarters of the "UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY FOUNDATION". Having gone through our data base, we found out
that, your email address;
attached to ticket number:
actually drew the lucky numbers:01-14-21-3-35-48,
bonus number of 24 which won you one
of the lottery prize of £753,437.00.
Hence you are therefore
CLEARED and can now claim your winnings. Based on this, your funds
have been approved for release and a certified International bank
cheque has been prepared in your name to the amount of your winning
prize. We will begin the process of remittance of your funds to you
immediately you select a mode of payment from the options listed
You are required
to come in person to the Disbursement Centre of the UK
NATIONAL LOTTERY BOARD with the following requirements:
International Passport or Drivers license for
(b) A Printed copy
of your confirmation letter as regards your winning
(c) Six (6)
passport photograph (3*4 size)
In receipt of
these requirements, your certified cheque will be issued
to you alongside our consolation prizes (a Pentium IV
Dell laptop plus two UK NATIONAL LOTTERY T-SHIRT).
Please note that you have exactly 10 days from this day
to make yourself available at the Disbursement Centre to
claim your winnings. Failure to comply will mean that
you have forfeited your winnings and the funds will be
re-used for upcoming draws.
Your winning cheque
alongside all other relevant document that will aid the
legality of your funds in your country plus our consolation
prizes will be courier to you via our affiliated and
efficient Courier company upon your approval.
Your winning prize
will be wired electronically via swift bank transfer system
into your local bank account by our assigned prize issuing bank. (Note You will be notified of the bank and its contact
details that will be handling your funds transfer)
Please select an option and get back to us as soon as
possible so that necessary steps can be taken to ensure the
remittance of your winnings to you in due time. You are also advice
to call our office line for swift response.
The Lottery Foundation has discovered a huge number of
double claims due to winners informing close friends,relatives and
third parties about their winnings and also sharing their winning
notification. As a result of this,these friends try to claim the
winnings on behalf of the real winner. The Lottery Foundation losses
millions of Pounds on this fraudulent people, and has reached a
decision from its headquarters that any double claim discovered by
the Lottery Foundation will result to cancellation of that winning prize, making a loss for the actual winner,as it is taken that the
actual winner was the informer to the double claimer about the
winnings. So you are hereby strongly adviced once more to
winnings strictly confidential until your winnings have been
received by you.
We do advice that you should make good use of your funds to
assist humanity and for economic growth in your country to enable
this programme acheived its primary aim.
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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