Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
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.
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 suggest.
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.
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS
Chequers Square, Uxbridge,Middlesex UB8 1LN
Customer Service/Claims DepartmentTel:+44-701-113-2580+44-701-113-9623(24 HOURS)
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: 56475600545 188
actually drew the lucky numbers:01-14-21-3-35-48, and a
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 below:
- You are required to come in person to the Disbursement Centre of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY BOARD with the following requirements:(a) An International Passport or Drivers license for identification purpose.(b) A Printed copy of your confirmation letter as regards your winning notification.(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 keep your 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.