Lottery Scam Email:
GRAND NATIONAL LOTTERY Promotion
Have you received an email from "GRAND NATIONAL LOTTERY" telling
you that "your email address won in the second category" or something similar?
It is a scam. They claim you won a
promotion, which is giving away millions of dollars based on a randomly selected
email address. The scam is obvious: it's simply preposterous to think that
any company would randomly give away money to encourage you to buy their product. That would be self-defeating.
Below is another example of a fake lottery; this email claims to
be from the "GRAND NATIONAL LOTTERY".
There are many other signs that this is a fraud that we have
highlighted 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
Pay a fee to collect the prize: Nope, it is illegal
for free sweepstakes and promotions to charge you ANYTHING! Of course, in a
scam, that is the whole point: to get you to send money to the scammer.
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!
What are they promoting? No one promotes "world
peace" or "use of the internet" by handing out millions to random strangers.
And if they are promoting a product, then
this must be the world's worst promotion, because no one has heard of it,
outside of the email you just received.
Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification.
Actual scam email (One example - the scammers constantly change
names, dates and addresses!):
From : John Smith < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Sent : Wednesday, March 7, 2007 5:58 AM
Subject : Further Information.
I am in the receipt of your last email. Checking with information from our
database we wish to confirm to you that you emerged one of the winners in the
GRAND NATIONAL LOTTERY Third Category draw with File Reference Number:
GNL20-147-3, and Lotto Batch Number: A14736.
The Third category draw under which you won is a
promotional draw; hence
participants do not have to purchase tickets to enter for this draw. Names and
email addresses of individuals and companies are randomly selected from various
lottery companies email database from around the world and entered into the
draw. Note that the Third category draw is funded from the proceeds of ticket
sales in the First category draw and Second category draw also organized by
GRAND NATIONAL LOTTERY.
We; Kingdom Finance, act as financial handlers for Grand National Lottery. As
a fact we are the claims agent in charge of the disbursement of lottery winnings
in the GRAND NATIONAL LOTTERY draws.
Be informed that your winnings amounting to £2,200,000.00, is already in our
possession and shall be processed upon meeting our requirements which is the
filling/submission of a Claims Form and payment of a stipulated processing fee
to cover expenses ranging from the transfer of your winnings, to insurance of
documents such as your Prize Claim Certificate, our handling charges, amongst
Kindly confirm receipt of this email so that I can instruct you about the
claims process. Winners have a right as to the
informations that are released.
Congratulations once more, I shall be awaiting your confirmation email.
Mr. John Smith,
Foreign Department Manager,
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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