Sweepstakes and Prize Scams - How to Protect Yourself
Directory of Sample
This page identifies and provides links to many actual examples of sweepstake scam emails. real sweepstakes are done to promote a product or service, and cost the company, so the prizes are usually not huge.
Remember, just because you don't see an exact copy of the email you receive in the samples list below or it isn't in this list of scam lottery and sweepstakes names does not make it legitimate. The scammers constantly change the names and the content of the letters. However, if the letter you received is similar to one below, you will know it IS a scam!
Here are some of the more common clues that you will see in scams:
- The return email addresses are free Yahoo, Excite or Hotmail email accounts - Real sweepstakes have their own domains and websites (However, scammers sometimes make fake websites, so having a website does NOT make it legitimate!)
- The recipient "won" without entering a sweepstakes. No real sweepstakes uses "random computer email draws" or anything like that.
- "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 sweepstakes exist to create publicity!
- NO company, not Microsoft, Dell or any other conducts ANY sweepstakes to "promote use of the internet" or computers, or promote "general good will and peace". Sweepstakes promote a specific product or specific service that is tied to the company that sponsors and operates the sweepstakes.
- The emails contain poor grammar, punctuation and loads of misspellings. Real sweepstakes staff know how to use a spellchecker and write at a college level.
Directory of Sample Sweepstakes Scams - Sample Emails and Explanations
- Letters in the mail with a check: Unclaimed Sweeps Advisory
- British Internatonal E-Lottery Promotion Sweepstakes
- British Sweepstake Lottery Program - "Miss Gilmore Gluck", "Dr. Garrison Lutuka"
- EURO MILLION LOTERIAS on-line Sweepstakes
- Euro Million Loteria Award
- Euromillions WINNING EMAIL SWEEPSTAKE AWARD
- EUROPEAN SWEEPSTAKES PROMOTION version 1
- EUROPEAN SWEEPSTAKES PROMOTION, Mr Wim van den Assem, Mr Harry Henderson
- EUROPEAN SWEEPSTAKES PROMOTION - "Dr.Wolfgang G. Crusen", "Mr.Harry Henderson"
- EURO LOTTO STAKES ESPANOL S.L, A DIVISION OF THE ELGORDO MAS GORDO INTERNATIONAL LOTTOERY PROMOTIONAL PROGRAMME, "Snr Antonio Rodriguez"
- Euro Million Lottery Sweepstakes - Experimental Bonanza
"David Jose", "Mrs.Eva Pedro"
- EuroMillion Balloting Sweepstakes - "Mrs. Emily Simon, Mr. Cliff Branssen, Madrid, Spain"
- The Free Lotto Sweepstakes - "DAVID JOSE", "DAVID LINGTOWN"
- Grand Bonanza International Program
- HONDA AWARD COMPANY - Luck Dip Sweepstakes - "Mr. Robert Johnston", "Mrs. Linda Markwood or Barrister Williams Morgan"
- HOT LOTTO - "MR. WALTER MORGAN", "Mr Matthew Chuck"
- KRASLOTEN LOTTOI NTERNATIONAL / Heineken - Susan Henk, MR.JAS VAN ROODE
- KRASLOTEN LOTTOI NTERNATIONAL - version 2
- Microsoft Anniversary Draws (2010)
- Microsoft Awards Center, End of year "Microsoft Splash Awards", etc.
- Microsoft Award Team Sweepstakes - Microsoft and AOL
- Microsoft Award Team Sweepstakes - version 2 - "Microsoft and AOL" from Dr.ï¿½Rose A. Allen, Mr George Simmons or other names
- MICROSOFT GLOBAL E-MAIL LOTTERY - INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT - "Mark Van Dijk", "David Brown" or "David Brawn"
- MICROSOFT GLOBAL E-MAIL LOTTERY - INTERNATIONAL PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT - "Dr.Sharles Stan", "MR.REUBEN KHUMALO"
- Microsoft Corporations,"Ricky Williams", "Steve Creek"
- MICROSOFT AWARD TEAM MICROSOFT (and AOL), "Miss.Rose DE-Lauren", "Dr.BRIGHT TAHIRA"
- MICROSOFT MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO - Dr. Fogan Sossah, Mrs. Julie Cruz
- POWER BALL LOTTERY E-WHEEL E-GAME
- Publishers Clearing House International Promotions, "Horin Elizabeth", "Mr. Harry Johnson"
- Publishing Clearing House or Publisher's Clearinghouse
- SPONSOR LOTERIJ INTERNATIONAL or Euro Million Lotto or the "Foundation for the Promotion of Software Products (F.P.S.) - "Mrs Ruth Fraiser", "Peter Hands"
- UK National/PRIZE
AWARD DEPT or the National Lottery - Becky Owen, David Nelson
Also see these pages:
- Explanation of lottery scams
- What to do if you think you have been the victim of a scam
- How to report a scam
- How the lottery / sweepstakes scams work
For a listing of scam sweepstakes company names that start with _, click on the letter:
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
How to report a sweepstake scam
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
And please let us know about any suspicious calls or emails you receive. We look for patterns so that we can alert the authorities and victims to new scams, before it is too late!