UK National Lottery Scams:
The British National Lottery
"Mrs. Stella Ellis", "Mr. Maxwell Smith"
Have you received an email from "Mrs. Stella Ellis" at
the "The British National Lottery" telling you that you won the a prize and to contact "Mr. Maxwell Smith"?
It is a scam. This one is a fairly entertaining example of the scam. Below
on this page, you will find the original "winning notification email", and
on this page, you can
see what the scammers do if you reply to it.
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: LOTTERY BOARD < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 20:00:53 -0400
The British National Lottery
P O Box 1010
3b Olympic Way, Sefton Business Park,
Aintree, Liverpool , L30 1RD
Ticket number:56475600545 188
Lucky Numbers: 05,06,17,20,28,42(Bonus33)
We wish to congratulate and inform you on the selection of cash
prize of £ 1000,000.00 (British Pounds) held on the 25th March 2007
in London Uk.The selection process was carried out through random
selection in Our computerized email selection system (ess) from a
database of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from which you were
selected. And Your e-mail address attached to ticket
number:56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky
numbers: 05, 06, 17, 20, 28, 42 ( Bonus 33) , which subsequently won
you the lottery in the 1st category i.e match 5 plus bonus.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1 Million
Pounds,(One Million Pounds) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of £ 1000,000 Million Pounds ,
shared amongst the(4)lucky winners in this category i.e Match 6 plus
For due processing of your winning claim, please contact the
FIDUCIARY AGENT Information Officer Mr. Maxwell Smith, who has been
assigned to assist you. You are to contact him with the following
details for the release of your winnings.
Agent Name: Mr. Maxwell Smith,
Tel: +44 704-571-0545
Tel: +44 704-571-0543
contact him, please provide him with the following Requirements
1.Name in full------------------------------
If you do not contact your claims agent within 5 working days of
this Notification, your winnings would be revoked. Winners are
advised to keep their winning details/information from the public to
avoid Fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT) pending the prize claim by
*Winner under the age of 18 are automatically disqualified. *Staff
of the British Lottery are not to partake in this Lottery.
Accept my hearty congratulations once again!
Mrs. Stella Ellis
Note that you are not to reply to this E-mail,please contact your
claims officer directly to start the processing of your claims
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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