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SWISS-LOTTO ENGLANDS or SWISS-LOTTO INTERNATIONAL
"Mr Silva Morelli or Leonard Scott", "Sandra West"

Have you received an email from "Mr Silva Morelli or Leonard Scott" at "Swiss Lotto Netherlands" telling you

"CONGRATULATIONS!!!.....YOU HAVE WON 750.000.00 Pounds"

and that "your email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to contact "Sandra West" to collect your winnings?

And they reassure you with the following statement:

"Fill the form, every thing about is legal and real, beside all we are doing here is being watched and governed by the British Governing Council"

It is a scam. No legitimate, legal lottery notifies winners via email (see footnote)! The scammers may change the names and details, but it is still a scam!

Below is the example of the fake lottery scam claiming to be from the "Swiss Lottery Organizations".  

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. 


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

From: SWISS LOTTO ENGLAND <mr-silvamorelli@live.com>
Date: Sun, Jan 31, 2010 at 5:39 AM
Subject: NOTIFICATION FROM SWISS-LOTTO
 

SWISS-LOTTO INTERNATIONAL
3 Upper Dean Street,
Birmingham, England,
B5 4SG.United Kingdom.
 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!.....YOU HAVE WON 750.000.00 Pounds  

Attn: _____________________ ,       

We are pleased to inform you that your request has been approved by the financial advisory board regarding your option. 

 NOTE. Your original WINNING CERFITICATE will be posted along with your cheque through the courier service.  

You are required to pay the COURIER CHARGES and the necessary charges before your winning cheque can deliver to you by the courier company to your home address stated in our central computer system provided by you as the award winner. If you know that the address is not reliable for you please send an email with the right address and with the attachment of the payment slip for the DHL COURIER CHARGES.  

You are required to follow instructions you are to use this courier company for the shipping of your winning cheque to you via DHL Courier.   

DHL (3 working days)

DHL UK Home 

Government Administrative Tax: 150

DHL Delivery Fees: 100

TOTAL: 250 

You are to make the above payment via Western Union Money Transfer in the name of our accountant officer below.   

Western Union Money Transfer Agent is situated in all states, country and province around the globe and renders services of transferring money World Wide fast and convenient method of money transfer. NOTE: You are to make the payment to the informant below:    

RECEIVER FISRT NAME:  Sandra 

                      LAST NAME: West  

ADDRESS:    #19 ST. Johns Gate Edinburgh C3V 9DS.  

COUNTRY:  UNITED KINGDOM 

A scan copy of Sandra West working I.D is been included to this email.  

REQUIREMENT:    

 1. Please note that this is the standard procedure for all international winners of the SWISS-LOTTO and endeavor to make available via this email the scanned copy of the western union payment slip or the following details for official references.  

Senders Name

Sender's Address

Money transfer control number (MTCN).  

Note: that your winning prize is protected by a hardcover insurance policy, which makes it impossible to deduct any amount from your winning prize before remittance will be made to you. This means that the above charges cannot be deducted from your winning prize and hence must be provided by you before your prize is transferred to you. This is in accordance with section 13(1) (n) of the national gambling act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3RD July 1996 by the constitutional assembly.  

This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds. Send your response of your opinion within the next 48hrs, because you only have 6 days to claim this cheque and after this period, your cash prize will be deemed to have been forfeited by you and will be reused in the drawings of the next edition of the lotto.  

NOTE: You are advice to keep your winning details confidential to yourself and strictly from public notice in order to avoid double claims.  

Congratulations again from all our staffs and thank you for being part of our promotions program. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.

 

Sincerely,    

Mr Silva Morelli. 

Tel:  +44 702 405 8502 

SWISS-LOTTO INTERNATIONAL
3 Upper Dean Street,
Birmingham, England,
B5 4SG.United Kingdom.

 


Version 2

From: deskofsilvamorelli2009@live.com
Subject: NOTIFICATION FROM SWISS-LOTTO
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 21:22:31 +0000

SWISS-LOTTO ENGLANDS 

38 UPPER DEAN STREET,
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, B54SG.
UNITED KINGDOM 

Attn: _____________________  

We are pleased to inform you that your request has been approved by the financial advisory board regarding your option, NOTE. that  your original WINNING CERFITICATE will be posted along with your cheque through the courier service.  

 Note that this office is going on chrismas holiday on the 18th december 2009 and you are advise to make your claim before this date to avoid forfeiture of your winning funds, you are to provide your valid id for proper identification to the DHL courier agent. 

You are required to pay the COURIER CHARGES and the necessary charges before your winning cheque can be delivered to you by the courier company to your home address stated in our central computer system provided by you as the award winner. If you know that the address is not reliable for you please send an email or fax with the right address and with the attachment of the payment slip for the DHL COURIER CHARGES.  

You are required to follow instructions. you are to use this courier company for the shipping of your winning cheque to you via DHL Courier.   

DHL (3 working days)

DHL UK Home 

Government Administrative Tax: 150  

DHL Delivery Fees: 100 

TOTAL: 250 

You are to make the above payment via Western Union Money Transfer in the name of our accountant officer below.   

Western Union Money Transfer Agent is situated in all states, country and province around the globe and renders services of transferring money World Wide fast and convenient method of money transfer. NOTE: You are to make the payment to the informant below:    

RECEIVER FIRST NAME:  Sandra 

                      LAST NAME: West  

ADDRESS: 38 UPPER DEAN STREET, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, B54SG. 

COUNTRY:  UNITED KINGDOM 

A scan copy of Sandra West working I.D is been included to this email.  

REQUIREMENT:    

 1. Please note that this is the standard procedure for all international winners of the SWISS-LOTTO and endeavor to make available via this email the scanned copy of the western union payment slip or the following details for official references.  

Senders Name

Sender's Address

Money transfer control number (MTCN).  

Note: that your winning prize is protected by a hardcover insurance policy, which makes it impossible to deduct any amount from your winning prize before remittance will be made to you. This means that the above charges cannot be deducted from your winning prize and hence must be provided by you before your prize is transferred to you. This is in accordance with section 13(1) (n) of the national gambling act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3RD July 1996 by the constitutional assembly.  

This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds. Send your response of your opinion within the next 48hrs, because you only have 6 days to claim this cheque and after this period, your cash prize will be deemed to have been forfeited by you and will be reused in the drawings of the next edition of the lotto.  

NOTE: You are advice to keep your winning details confidential to yourself and strictly from public notice in order to avoid double claims.  

Congratulations again from all our staffs and thank you for being part of our promotions program. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.

 

Sincerely,  

Leonard Scott

Tel:   +44 702 405 8508  +44 702 405 8508  

Fax : + 44-700-593-8323 

SWISS-LOTTO ENGLANDS

38 UPPER DEAN STREET,
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, B54SG.
UNITED KINGDOM


Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery 

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* 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.

* 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 not be questioning it.


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