Lottery scam quick guide: it's a scam if...

  • you win any lottery where you didn't buy a ticket! It's really that easy! It's not just too good to be true: it's bait in a trap!
  • you receive a generous grant out of the blue. Sadly (but not surprisingly) there aren't any benevolent people regularly throwing around millions of pounds/dollars/euros to randomly chosen people. This is just the lottery scam without the ticket.
  • they send you partial payment in the form of a cheque, money order, or direct bank transfer and want you to pay them fees out of that money. They're playing you for a sucker: cheques are frequently forged, and direct transfers made by compromising some poor schmuck's online banking service. You'll wind up a victim of fraud, or a party to it.
  • they want you to send them any money of any sort for any reason. They might try to say there are courier fees or taxes to cover. They're lying. Call their bluff and tell them to take the fees out themselves -- they'll never ever agree, because they can't defraud you unless money is making the reverse trip from you to them somehow.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Attn: Lucky Winner REF No: UK/9420X2/68

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: BRITISH ONLINE LOTTERY <britishlottery06@bellsouth.net>
Date: 30-Nov-2006 10:53
Subject: Attn: Lucky Winner REF No: UK/9420X2/68
To: [redacted]

UK NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS
The Marina Offices, St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HX
England

Customer Services

WINNING NOTICE FOR CATEGORY "A" WINNER

BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING
NOTIFICATION

Dear Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded UNITEDKINGDOM NATIONAL LOTTERY international Lottery programs. The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 21,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet, no tickets were sold. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of three winners in the category "A" with the following winning information:

REF No: UK/9420X2/68
BATCH No: 074/05/ZY369
TICKET No: 20511465463-7644
SERIAL No: S/N-00168
LUCKY No: 887-13-865-37-10-83

You as well as the other winners are therefore to receive a cash prize of £1,450,000(One million, Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand pounds sterling) each from the total payout. Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transferred to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report. To begin the claims processing of your prize winnings you are advised to contact our licensed and accredited claims agent for category "A" winners with the information below:

To file for your claim, Contact the processing Consultant:

Name: Mr. Johnson Bricks
Email:johnsonbricks_worldclaimsagent@yahoo.co.uk

Tel: +44 701 112 9197
Fax: +44 707 515 8432

Remember to quote your reference information in all correspondence. You are to keep all lotto information away from the general public especially your reference and ticket numbers (This is important as a case of double claims will not be entertained).You are hereby advice to send the assign judiciary Agent details below for Processing
Of your Claims:

(1)FULL NAME
(2)FULL ADDRESS
(3)NATIONALITY.
(4)DATE OF BIRTH
(5)OCCUPATION
(6)WINNING EMAIL
(7)TELEPHONE NUMBER
(8)DATE OF WINNING NOTIFICATION
(9)SEX
(10)TOTAL AMOUNT WON
(11)MARITAL STATUE
(12)COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AND RESIDENT

Sincerely,
Mrs. Cecilia Moore
FOR UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

15 comments:

erdal said...

please my prize send me.my adress ''bursa osmangazi anadolu otelcilik ve turizm meslek lisesi''I'm erdal tas.freelotto winning.send price in 1 million dolars.please send .

Anonymous said...

i just got that same e.mail is it some a scam? how do they scam?

Spotter said...

Yes, it's a scam. They want you to pay money in order to collect your winnings. Do not get involved with them, because their only interest is to trick you out of money.

mitrabhanu said...

i got the same mail. why do they scam at all. i have sent a mail to transfer the money to my bank account not given the acc no

Gaurav said...

I just got the same mail.with different email id as written here in other blogs.Friends please be aware before responding to them.

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emban said...

please dont intrest to it nigerians sent these e mails sooner they will want 400 dollars in order to send your prizes they are all e mail trickings to have your money in illegal ways

emban said...

fuck you nigerians

sinthu said...

Please dont beleive them ...stop cheating others..stupid..

sinthu said...

I just got the same mail ,said "you have won 500,000 pounds.but thats not true,one month ago my cousin and brother got the same email.To collect the money they ask my brother to send 500 dollars and the account no...how stupid they are..

Wayne said...

I DONT THINK THEY ARE THAT STUPID! BECAUSE IM SURE FOR THEM TO KEEP DOING THIS THERE MUST BE EVEN MORE STUPID PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY SEND THEM THE MONEY.....THEY ARE THE STUPID ONES. HAVEN'T PEOPLE LEARNT THROUGH OUT TIME THERE HAS NEVER BEEN SOMETHING FOR FREE?

Anonymous said...

I got lottery scam email today and my reply was this....Just make a dildo of that lottery and put in your ass you bastard Nigerians.. Stop scamming me... I am not kind...

Kayejd said...

I received the same email 3/10/2009. Two days previously my Facebook was hacked by someone claiming I was in London and needed my FB contacts to send money. They made claims I had been held at knifepoint. When my contacts quizzed them a bit too closely they were deleted from my FB. I can't help thinking they maybe the same cybercriminal syndicate.

Kumar Mani said...

Ref NUMBER: UK/9420X2/68 please reply my status

Spotter said...

Your status is "high risk of being scammed". You are advised to treat all suggestions that you have won a lottery as false, and not follow instructions regarding payments you must make in order to receive any alleged "winnings".