Sample Email Scams Involving the British National Lottery - Page 4
How to Recognize Them and What To Do If You Receive One
There are only two legal lotteries in Britain, the National Lottery and the Monday Lottery, and they do NOT use email to notify winners. Below are scam emails actually received. Comments have been added in red to help explain their tricks.
DO NOT reply to any emails you receive saying that 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.
In the UK, call the hotline at 020 7211 8111 to check or report lottery scams.
UK Lotto - Financial Securities Co.
RE/ AWARD NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 22th April 2003, of winners of the UK LOTTO / INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS held on 17TH JAN 2003 as part of our begining of year bonanza.
You or your company, attached to ticket number 1416-4612-750, with serial number 3187-17 drew the lucky numbers 31-17-8-28-55, and consequently won the lottery in the "A" category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$5,500,000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO. REF: NBM44125677. This is from total prize money of US$16,500,000.00 shared among the Three (3) international winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer balloting system drawn form 25,000 names from Middle East, Asia, Africa,Canada,Europe and North America and Oceania as part our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.
Your fund is now deposited with FINANCIAL SECURITIES CO., a security House.
We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.1 billion International Lottery.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent;
MR. COLINS RICHARDS,(Note:
"Colins"? They can't even spell a common English name properly!)
for due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice.
Remember, you must contact your claim agent not later than 25th of April, 2003.After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. All correspondences to MR. COLINS RICHARDS,either by fax or email,should have this EMAIL sent along with it and also, your FULL ADDRESS, YOUR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE and your EMAIL ADDRESS to which this email is sent,should be clearly and BOLDLY WRITTEN IN YOUR RESPONSE with your claims agent.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore,should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.
THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Units 2A & 2B, Olympic Way,Sefton Business Park, Aintree Liverpool, L30 1RD.
Batch No: WD18/0065/04RN
Our Ref: UKNL/255457004/04
Our Ref: UK-NL/0627/04
Dear our treasured lucky winner,
RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are pleased to notify you of the release today as dated of the "UK's National Lottery International Promotions programme held on friday the 5th, of march, 2004.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, Africa, and North & South America as part of our international promotions programme conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries. We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take part in our subsequent lottery jackpots.
The result of our computer draw 844 of this day selected your names and email address attached to Ticket Number 034-22478556 with serial number 129 drew the lucky number 16-25-27-32-35-43-42 which consequently won the lottery grand prize awards in the 2nd category.
Therefore, you have been approved a lottory jackpot lump sum prize awards winning of £1,950,280.00 (One Million, Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty Pounds Sterling Only) in cash prize credited to file Ref. No: UKNL/255457004/04. This is from the total prize of £18,486,220. 00 (Eighteen Million, Two Hundred and Eighty Six Thousand, Two Hundred and Twenty Pounds Sterlings) shared among the Thirty Eight overseas lucky winners in this category as part of our promotional programme for this year 2004. This is your opportunity!
Your prize awards has been insured in your names and ready for claim. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised on final notice and as a matter of urgency, to contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners for the processing of your prize awards winning and payment to your designated bank account after all statutory obligations have been concluded satisfactorily. Contact thus:
Customer Service Unit,
Elot Financial Reconciliation Inc.,
Contact person: MR. LOPEZ ADAMS.
Due to mixed up in some numbers and names and for the purpose of confidentiality, be advised to keep this award notification as secret from public notice until your claim has been processed and your prize money remitted to your designated bank account as this is part of precautionary measures to avoid double claim or misuse of this program by some social miscreants. Hence, your prize awards winning is confidential as our winners are at liberty to remain completely anonymous until payment is effected to the benefit of the beneficiary. Our staffs are sworn to secrecy, so you will be the only one to know what you've won hence, this notification via this medium (EMAIL) to avoid interception of official letters.
On a final note, you are advised to begin your claim immediately hence, all prizes awards must be claimed and disbursed within 20days of this notification as elapse of the scheduled "End of Claim" date will authorized funds withholding for redirection as abandoned/ unclaimed without notice.
Note: To enhance the processing of your claim by our accredited claim agent, you are advised to officially introduce yourself to the claim agent and also provide them with your valid means of your personal identification with a copy of this awards notification for references.
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
CHARLES LOUIS McClean (Mr.),
International Promotions Unit,
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
Units 2A & 2B, Olympic Way,
Sefton Business Park, Aintree Liverpool,
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