Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Have you received an email from "Brian Kuppet" at the "BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY" telling you that you won the a prize and to contact "MR DAVID GIBSON"? Were you impressed by the pretty logo and the photo of the nerdy looking guy with the typically bad pale English skin? Surely, he MUST run a lottery? 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.
Subject: LOTTERY DRAW'S NOTIFICATION:
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 21:25:21 -0400
BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY,
406 BURY NEW ROAD
MANCHESTER M45 7SX
FROM: THE DESK OF THE DIRECTOR PROMOTIONS,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF NO: BTL/4910X1/07
We are pleased to announce you as one of the 6 lucky winners in the BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTIONS held on March 17, 2007. All 6 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 200,000 international emails. Your email address emerged alongside 5 others as a 3rd category winner in this month's draw.
Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total sum of 1,000,000.00 GBP (One million British Pounds Sterling). The following particulars are attached to your lottery payment order:
(i) Winning numbers: 04-14-23-31-35-41
(ii) Email ticket number:564-75600545-188
(iii) Lotto Batch No.12/25/0304.
(IV) File REF NO: KTU/9023118308/03
Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible for the immediate release of your winnings:CONTACT CLAIMS AGENT:
MR DAVID GIBSON20 Lausanne Road London,
SW2 3JB ENGLAND.U.K
(VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER)Tel: +44-7045-701-238
provide the following details below:
3. Marital Status:
7. Nationality:8. Country of Residence:
9. Telephone Number(Country Code)-(Area Code)- Phone Number):
10 Cell Number:(Country Code) - (Cell Phone Number):
11. Fax Number:
12 . Email Address:
Once again on behalf of all our staff, CONGRATULATIONS!!!
PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT, UK.
1.All claims are nullified after 14 working days from today.
2. Your Reference number must be in all your mails with the claims officer.
3. Do inform the claims officer of any change of names or addresses.
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