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Have you received an email from "Join Dale" at "BBC LOTTERY OFFICE" telling you that "your email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to contact "MRS WILLIAMS MARY" to collect your winnings? "MRS WILLIAMS MARY"? We suspect that the real BBC would know the proper order of English names. And "Join Dale"? "Join" is not even a name! It is obviously a scam written by someone who is not fluent in English.
Did you know the BBC has a lottery? That's probably news to them, too. Besides, no legitimate, legal lottery notifies winners vian email (see footnote)! The scammers may change the names and details, but it is still a scam!
Below is the example of the fake email scam (the email is the scam, not any persons or companies named in the email) claiming to be from the "BBC LOTTERY OFFICE".
Although the most important clue is that no legitimate lottery will ever email a winner, there are many other signs that this is a fraud. We have highlighted some of these in the email below, not the least of which are:
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.
"No tickets were sold": You care to explain where the money comes from? Perhaps the lottery money fairy? Why would a lottery give away money to "email address randomly selected by a computer ballot draw system"? This is CLEARLY nonsense: you MUST, repeat MUST buy a ticket to have a chance of winning any lottery!
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 excessive and random CapItaLiZAtion. Names are usually in all capital letters for some reason known only to these illiterate criminals. They often can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to be "22nd". These scammers usually write at the 3rd grade level. Being non-native English speakers, they also often get first names and surnames (last names reversed), so you will frequently see names like "Mr. SMITH JAMES.", instead of "Mr. James Smith", along with the peculiar usage of periods (full stops) and spaces or the lack thereof. Real lotteries also proofread their emails and look and read more professional.
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 it's own email, it's 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! It should read: "For our own security, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until we have finished scamming you!"
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.
BBC LOTTERY OFFICE<email@example.com>
YOUR WINNING ￡18 Million
BBC LOTTERY OFFICE.
64 Newman Street. City,
Saturday 05th April 2008
Your Draw Number:07:23:30:41:45:49 BONUS(07) Website:http://www.bbc.co.uk/lottery/
Our Dear Winner,
You have won the sum ￡18 Million (Eighteen Million Pounds sterling)from BRITISH LOTTERY on our 2008 new year charity bonanza,from which your Address came out as the winning coupon.
The winning ticket was selected from a Data Base of Internet Email Users,from which your Address came out as the winning coupon.
Depending on the number of winners overall and per prize category,prizes may on occasion be less than stated above.See the Game Procedures for each game for details:
Contact: MRS WILLIAMS MARY
Phone No:+4470457 59066 or +447031926325 Fax No:+44870 974 2091 Email address:firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide the following information needed to process your winning claim.
8.Country Of Residence:
11.Draw Number above:
Congratulations once again.
NOTE: YOUR WINNING FUNDS WILL BE TRANSFER INTO YOUR BANK CCOUNT OR DELIVERY YOUR WINNING CHEQUE TO YOU WITH THE NEXT 24 HRS TIME.
please quote your winning number.
Regards, Join Dale
National Lottery Results
* Re: emails of winnings. We know of only ONE exception in the world to this rule - and if you bought a ticket from them, you would know it, and would used their safegaurds.