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OXFORD REGIONAL CLAIMS OFFICE
"Mr. Davis Kelley", "your appointed fiduciary agent"

Have you received an email from "Mr. Davis Kelley"  at the "OXFORD REGIONAL CLAIMS OFFICE" telling you that you won the a prize and to contact "your appointed fiduciary agent"?  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!

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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.).  In this case the address is hidden by the html and shown as "OXFORD REGIONAL CLAIMS OFFICE.", but it is really: oxfordoffice1@yahoo.co.uk 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: OXFORD REGIONAL CLAIMS OFFICE.

Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 11:54 AM

Subject: Lottery Validation : 7745600545 761

 

The National Lottery Logo 

 

        

 

                                                                                        The Union Jack         

 
     

                                      

 
 

  OXFORD REGIONAL CLAIMS OFFICE.

 

    Lottery Prize Winning Confirmation - Payment

    Desk of:
    Mr. Davis Kelley
    Foreign Service Manager
    62A Islip Road Oxford, OX2 7SP.  United Kingdom   
    Tel     : + 44-703-189-6911,+ 44-703-191-1699
    Fax     : + 44-709-287-6829

    Emails:    oxfordoffice1@yahoo.co.uk

 

Attention-" Winner": Dean Reiners <hallo1@absamail.co.za>,

Ticket#         : 7745600545 761

Reference#  : UKTL/5T-0110-FP/07


This is in response to your email to this office for claiming lottery Prize, we have verified on our Lottery System Terminals and confirmed with the UK Lottery Board that your reference and batch numbers are correct, the valued Prize still valid with your email address
{ your email address here} selected via computer ballot system a winner in first category of jackpot of (7). 

The value of your Prize in your local Currency @

Live mid-market rates as of 2008.01.09 09:27:13 UTC.

1,173,613.00 GBP
United Kingdom Pounds

=

16,018,659.94 ZAR
South Africa Rand

1 GBP = 13.6490 ZAR

 

1 ZAR = 0.073265 GBP

payment of your lottery prize upon due approval shall be executed after normal routine formalities in accordance with the email lottery board?s regulations on prize claim.

 

PROCEDURE TO CLAIM PRIZE
Option #1.
To claim your prize you need to come down to any of the UK Lottery payment centre by or before 28th January 2008 to redeem your prize as you have won in second category. You are required to visit the payment centers with your Identification either in  London (United Kingdom) or Madrid (Spain) before the 45days deadline for claiming prize.

Option #2. Transfer of lottery prize will be processed In the event of your inability to make it personally to any of the payment centers, an EU affiliated attorney will be appointed to endorse all discharge documents to claim on your behalf and we shall mail your prize check to you or prize transfer directly to your designated bank account. The appointed Attorney will require your authorization allowing the appointed attorney right of representation on your behalf for all endorsement and legal discharge documents at the gaming commission offices and paying banks.
Note: the prize winner shall be responsible for any processing fees associated with the lottery prize and transferring the lottery prize or sending prize check via registered Express Courier. for all prizes are insured to the winners name upon validation before dispatch protocols are observed. 

Whatever procedure that is suitable for you, please advise us so that we can forward to you the appropriate application forms to apply for your claims Immediately.

Congratulations once again 

 
Sincerely,
 
Mr. Davis Kelley
Foreign Service Manager
Overseas Subscribers Agent

 

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 NOTE: Claiming your winnings.
? Copyright ? 1994-2007 The UK Lottery International Promotion Inc.
If your prize is up to ?75, you can claim it in cash from any National Lottery retailer. All you've got to do is give them your winning ticket to validate through their Lottery terminal. The terminal will then produce a validation slip which will show the value of your prize. Check this against the amount paid out and return it to the retailer. At their discretion, all retailers can pay prizes up to ?200 in cash. Some National Lottery retailers are authorized to pay prizes of up to ?500. National Lottery Post Offices will pay out prizes of up to ?10,000, though prizes over ?500 will be paid by cheque.
Anything above ?10,000 must be claimed in person from a National Lottery Regional Centre or via any of our fiduciary agents and will be paid by cheque or direct bank transfer (no cash is held on office premises).
If you match all six main numbers, or five plus the bonus number, please call us immediately or your appointed fiduciary claims agent for assistance in claiming your prize and your appointed fiduciary agents will be willing to assist you. (Calls normally charged at local rate in the UK). To claim any prize above ?500, you will have to complete a Claim Form and give proof of your identity.
If you are claiming a large prize, additional checks on your winning ticket and email address may be conducted. All National Email Lottery prizes must be claimed by 11.59pm, 45 days after the winning draw.         
                   You must be 16 or over to play or claim a prize

                Copyright ? 1994-2007 The UK Lottery International Promotion Inc.
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