UK National Lottery Scams:
United Kingdom National Lottery
"Mrs Caroline Andrews", "Barrister Ashley Richard"
Have you received an email from "Mrs Caroline Andrews" at
the "United Kingdom National Lottery" telling you that you won the a prize and to contact "Barrister Ashley Richard"?
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.
Courier / delivery charges are high due to Hardcover insurance Policy
- If you respond to them, you will usually receive an email telling you you
must pay delivery charges. First, as we mentioned earlier, no winner would ever have to pay delivery
charges in a real lottery, sweepstakes or promotion. Secondly, there
is no such thing as "hardcover insurance policies" . Go search in Google and
see if you can find a definition for it!
Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification.
Actual scam email (One example - the scammers constantly change
names, dates and addresses!):
From: "UK National Lottery" <
Sent: Saturday, January 05, 2008 1:51 PM
Subject: PRIZE WINNER!!!
United Kingdom National Lottery,
2 Lansdowne Row,
London, W1J 6H,
Dear Email User,
United Kingdom National Lottery, We happily
announce to you the Draw
(#942) of the BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY, online
British National Lottery
program held on 4th January 2008.Your e-mail
address attached to Ticket Number:8 603775966738 with Serial number 5368/02
Winning numbers:1,3,8,12,14,18,23 which
subsequently won you the
lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 3 plus
bonus. You have therefore
been approved to claim a total sum of £500,000.00
thousand Great British pound Sterling) in cash
credited to your file.
This is from a total cash prize of
£20,350,000.00,shared amongst the
Winners with different amount won in this category
i.e Match 3 plus
All participants for the online version were
selected randomly from
World Wide Web sites through computer draw system
and extracted from
over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate
bodies that are listed
online. Please contact our Fiduciary Agent for
Barrister Ashley Richard.
Mrs Caroline Andrews UK ONLINE COORDINATOR
British( UK ) National Lottery,
OCEANIC B.T COMPANY,
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