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Sample Lottery Scam Email: UK Online Lottery

Below are three actual scam emails purporting to be from the "UK Online Lottery" or other lottery, all based at The Marina Offices of St Peters Yacht Basin.  Isn't it strange that a lottery would operate from a marina's office? Note that the real UK lottery is called "The National Lottery Commission" and is operated by the Camelot Group plc.

Note the usual clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter; keep confidential, selected by a random computer lottery of email addresses, use of free hotmail/yahoo email accounts, etc.


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First example of the scam

Customer Services
The Marina Offices,
St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE6 1HX UNITED KINGDOM.

ATTENTION.

Good day, we announce to you the draw of our programs held in London. Your e-mail address with serial number 5388/02 drew the winning lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7, which subsequently won you the sweepstake in the 2nd category.

You have been approved to claim a total sum of £2,500,000.00 (Two million, five hundred thousand, Great Britain Pounds).

Please note that your lucky number falls within our booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your £2,500,000.00 (Two million, Five Hundred Thousand, Great Britain Pounds) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in London as soon as you establish contact.

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To file for your claim, contact our fiduciary agent via the below details;

European Claims Agent: Mr. Paul Smith
Email: infoservice_ukonlinelottery2@yahoo.co.uk
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Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence. You are to keep all information away from the general public especially your reference numbers. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained). Members of affiliate agencies are automatically disapproved from participating in this program.

Congratulations from all members and staff.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Brian Hunt.
Online coordinator for UK ONLINE LOTTERY.


Here's another variation of the same letter / scam

Subject: Your Email Won..(2007 Bonanza)

The Marina Offices,
St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE6 1HX England
(Customer Services)

Dear email address owner,

The draw of the EMAIL LOTTERY??. online Sweepstakes

International Program held on 31st January 2007, won you the Lottery in the JACKPOT Bonus. The amount you luckily won is yet to be claimed and you are getting the FINAL notification as regards this Email.

Your e-mail address was attached to the following winning numbers: 5, 10, 12, 23, 33,59, By our computer draw system, which subsequently won you the lottery in the Email Lottery (e-Lottery??).Because your email was attached to our winning numbers, you are QUALIFIED as one of the

draw winners. You have therefore been approved to claim:a total sum of ??1,666,667 (ONE MILLION, SIX HUNDRED AND SIXTY SIX THOUSAND,SIX HUNDRED AND SIXTY SEVEN Pounds Sterlings) in CASH credited to file number ;KTU/9023118308/03. and Draw Number:1080.01.The UK NATIONAL LOTTERY?? and the EURO MILLIONS??, are the richest Lottery Agencies in the whole world.The total cash prize was shared amongst (5) lucky winners in this category i.e Email Lottery (e-Lottery??) All participants for the Email Lottery (e-Lottery??) were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites (w.w.w.) through our Email Lottery Draw System

(E.L.D.S) and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.

This Lottery programme is part of the Country's Programme to fund for the Olympic Games in 2012 (The ??1.5bn Olympic lottery puzzle).Other sums to be raised from the National Lottery would be from Ticket sales, Marketing, Sponsorship and the sale of Television rights.

Note: You did not purchase any Ticket(s) for this winning, your email was selected by our E.L.D.S.(e-Lottery??) randomly.Your ??1,666,667, will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact them. Claiming your money is Easy and Safe.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and till your money is transferred to you in your country.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.To file for your claim, kindly contact our fiduciary agent with the information below:

FIDUCIARY AGENT

Name: Mr. James Peterson

Tel : +44-702-402-3334

Email: info@the-email-lottery.1to1.org

Complete the below form and summit it to : info@the-email-lottery.1to1.org

( 1 ) YOUR FULL NAMES: .................
( 2 ) YOUR WINNING NUMBERS:..............
( 3 ) YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS: .............
( 4 ) TELEPHONE/FAX NUMBERS:.........
( 5 ) YOUR AGE:..................
( 6 ) YOUR COUNTRY: ................
( 7 ) LANGUAGE: .......................
( 8 ) YOUR OCCUPATION: ....................
( 9 ) HAVE YOU EVER WON A LOTTERY BEFORE:..........
( 10 ) HOW DO YOU FEEL TO BE A WINNER:..........

MODE OF COLLECTION

(1) BANK TO BANK TRANSFER.
(2) COURIER SYSTEM.

Please make sure you indicate your choice of collection to enable easy and fast delivery. Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE NATIONAL LOTTERY??.

Yours faithfully,

Darryn Clarke(Mrs)

Online coordinator EMAIL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program ?? Copyright 2006


And a third version of the scam

From : Mrs. Lindsay Clarke < info_web471@bellsouth.net
Reply-To : gary_unclaimedprizedept@yahoo.ie 
Sent : Friday, February 9, 2007 8:09 AM
Subject : NOTICE


The Marina Offices,
St. Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HX,
United Kingdom.


Dear Winner,

The draw of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on 31 January 2007, won you the lottery in the JACKPOT Bonus. The amount you luckily won is yet to be claimed and you are getting the FINAL notification as regards to this Email. Your e-mail address was attached to the winning numbers: 2, 3, 17, 22, 40, 42. By our computer draw system, which subsequently won you the lottery in the JACKPOT Bonus Category. And you have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £2,543,170 (Two million, five hundred and fourty three thousand, one hundred and seventeen pounds) in CASH credited to file number ; KTU/9023118308/03. and Draw Number: 1137. The total cash prize was shared amongst (5) lucky winners in this category i.e JACKPOT bonus.

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites (w.w.w.) through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in your country. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.

To file for your claim, contact our fiduciary agent with the details below.

Gary Green
Email: gary_unclaimedprizesdept@yahoo.ie
Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE NATIONAL LOTTERY®.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Lindsay Clarke
Online coordinator
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY


And a fourth version:

From: "ONLINE NOTIFICATION" <info_officer00@bellsouth.net>
To: <info_officer00@bellsouth.net>
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:06 AM
Subject: Dear Lucky Winner

The National Lottery
The Marina Offices,
St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne,NE6 1HX England
(Customer Services Ref: UK/8421X2/65
Batch: 076/05/ZY523

Dear Lucky Winner,

RE: BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS

WINNING NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to notify you the draw (999) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,Online Sweepstakes International Lottery Program held on 10th of March,2007. Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a pool of over 25,000 names of distinguished professionals drawn from all over the world.

The result of our computer draw (#978) selected your name and email address attached to e-ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 03.15.16.19.20.24 (26 Bonus Ball), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £500,000 (FiveHundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of £4500000 shared amongst the first Nine (9) lucky winners in this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.

For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.

File in for your Claims by Furnishing your Fiduciary Agent the information below.

FULL NAME:______________________________________

SEX:____________________________________________

FULL CONTACT

ADDRESS:________________________________________

PHONE:__________________________________________

CITY:___________________________________________

STATE:__________________________________________

COUNTRY: _______________________________________

OCCUPATION: ____________________________________

Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Contact:Mr Mr.Micheal Hoyt (Mr)
Email: claims_officers_info@yahoo.co.uk
 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

At your disposal, we remain.

Very Truly Yours,
Mrs. Violetta Klose.
 ©2007 UK National Lottery. All rights reserved.©

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This email and its attachments are confidential and intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). This email and its attachments may also be privileged or protected by legal rules. If you have received this by mistake please let us know by reply immediately and destroy the email and its attachments without reading, copying or forwarding the contents


And a fifth version:

UK-LOTTO HEADQUARTERS
The Marina Offices,
St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HX England
Customer Service

Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369

WINNING NOTIFICATION:

We happily announce to you the draw (#1010) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online
Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 30th of December, 2006 here in the UNITEDKINGDOM.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02
drew the lucky numbers: and Bonus Ball (06,13,17,23,32,43 Bonus Ball 49) which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e match 6. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,200,000 (One million two hundred thousand British pounds sterling) in cash, credited to file ktu/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of £12,000,000 shared amongst the first ten (10) lucky winners in this category.

All participants for this 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. This promotion takes place annually.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your £1,200,000 (One million two hundred thousand British pounds sterling) will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to receive your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned!!

To file for your claim, contact our claims agent below with the following information.
Mr. Paul Smith
Email: polly_3smith@yahoo.com
Tel No: + (44) 703 403 0655
Fax: + (44) 700 593 0643
CLAIMS VERIFICATION FORM
FULL NAMES OF BENEFICIARY:
CONTACT ADDRESS:
CITY/STATE:
COUNTRY:
NATIONALITY:
SEX: AGE:
MARITAL STATUS”
TEL NO:
NEXT OF KIN:
ANNUAL INCOME:
AMOUNT WON:
REFENCE NO: BATCH NO:
LUCKY NO: TICKET NO”
SERIAL NO: LOTTERY DATE:

Congratulations once again from all members and staff of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery programs.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Paul Smith
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY Sweepstakes International Program

 

 


 

Common signs that it is a scam:

  • the return email addresses are free Yahoo email accounts,

  • The recipient "won" without buying a ticket (so where does the money come from?)

  • "For security reasons" you're not allowed to talk to anyone about it (especially the police or consumerfraudreporting.org!) - which ought to be odd since lotteries thrive on publicity!


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