UK National Lottery Scams:
The National Lottery
"Tracy Kelly", "Martin Cole"
Have you received an email from "Tracy Kelly" at
the "The National Lottery" telling you that you won the a prize and to contact "Martin Cole"? 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!):
The National Lottery
Kempsford GL7 4WZ
Date: 18th of March 2007
FROM:UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
TICKET NUMBER: 74454774
SERIAL NUMBER: 144-66584
BATCH NUMBER : BT-4478474121P
we announce to you the draw of our programs held in London. Your e-mail
address with serial number 144-66584 drew the winning lucky numbers:
31-6-26-13-35-7, which subsequently won you the sweepstake in the 2nd category.
This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by
conglomorate of some
multinational companies as part of their yearly promotions in the communities
where they have perational base.
Further more your details (e-mail address) falls within our European
representative office in London, United Kingdom, as indicated in your play
coupon and your prize of £500,000GBP, will be released to you
from this regional branch office in London.
To file for your claim, contact with your personal details, our fiduciary
agent via the below details;
MR. Martin Cole
(VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER)
Congratulations from all members and staff.
Mrs Tracy Kelly (co-ordinator)
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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