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Have you received an email from "FreeLotto Member Services" at "FreeLotto.com" telling you that "your email address won in the second category" or something similar? It is a scam.

Apparently, there IS a legal "FreeLotto" that has a paid subscription auto-entry called "F.A.S.T." but this email is a separate scam.  And just because 'Freelotto" may be legal does NOT mean we are endorsing it.  WE DEFINITELY DO NOT RECOMMEND FREELOTTO.COM.

Below is another example of a fake lottery; this email claims to be from the "FreeLotto.com".  

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.

  • 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. 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 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! 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. 


Actual scam email (One example - the scammers constantly change names, dates and addresses!):

Date: March 20, 2007 6:42:36 PM PDT
Subject: doe, john Your Immediate Attention Requested - Reply by 3/23/07

 
Dear john doe,
You are receiving this message because you joined FreeLotto on 2006-10-06 15:28:59, from IP Address 208.131.161.153. When you registered you agreed to receive messages from FreeLotto. FreeLotto NEVER sends JUNK or SPAM messages. We never send mail to anyone unless they requested it when they registered. If you somehow didn't understand that you were agreeing to receive messages from us at the time you joined PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BE PERMANENTLY REMOVED FROM OUR LIST. In doing so you will also cancel your FreeLotto membership and you will no longer be eligible to play FreeLotto or receive up to $11,000,000.00 in daily prizes. We regret any inconvenience.
Thank you,
FreeLotto Member Services



 
   
03/20/07
john doe
20 manor park drive
kingston, Caribbean, 8000
John

john doe of kingston
  86569265 john doe 20 manor park drive
 
$1,000,000.00 PENDING
  86569265 john doe 20 manor park drive
 
$300.00 PENDING
john

john doe and only john doe

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