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.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: uk lottery <>
Reply-To: uklottery
Date: 28-Nov-2006 03:00

The Camelot Group,:
Operators of The National Lottery.
3b Olympic Way, Sefton Business Park,
Aintree, Liverpool , L30 1RD

REF Nº: UKL/74-

BATCH Nº: 2006UKL-01

                 YOUR AWARD NOTIFICATION FOR 2006

The United Kingdom National Lottery wishes to inform you that the results of
the E-mail address ballot lottery international program by Great Britain held
on 1st of November, 2006. Your email account have been picked as a winner of a
lump sum pay out of Eight hundred and ninty-one thousand, nine hundred and
thirty-four Great Britain pounds (£250,000.00 pounds sterlings) in cash
credited to file REF NO. REF: UKL/74-A0802742006.

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide
Web through computer balloting system drawn from over 100,000 names database,
union associations and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion
is this year's United Kingdom National Lottery New Year bonanza. The Camelot
Group, operators of the United Kingdom National Lottery is approved by the
British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of
Gaming Regulators (IAGR).

All winning must be claimed not later than 14 working days from this
notification. After this time all unclaimed funds will be retured to European
Union Treasury as unclaimed. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays
and complications please remember to quote your reference number in all

Be advice to keep your winning information confidential until your claims has
been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.

To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent:

Mr.Powell Wu.

Tel:  +44-701-112- 8449
Fax: +44-871- 253 -8063

He will brief you on steps to be taken for due processing and remittance of
your prize money..

Note below your winning details:

Ticket Nº: 22-1356-4096-988
Serial Nº: A069-07
Lucky Nº: 12-13-21-26-32-39 Bonus-17
File REF Nº.:  UKL/74-A0802742006
BATCH Nº.: 2006UKL-01

Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our
promotions program.


Mrs. Rose Moore
Online Coordinator,
Operator of The National Lottery.

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the Winners will result to

NOTE: Do not reply this mail. You are to contact your claims officer
immediately. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please
remember to quote your reference number in every one of your correspondences.


Your application for the claim of lottery winning prize will be duly processed
and settlement made upon certification.

Hence, carefully fill in the appropriate information in the space provided
below for record purposes to facilitate our immediate commencement of your
claims process. The completed form should be sent to your claims agent for
immediate commencement of prize remittance.

*Name of Beneficiary:
*Email Address:
*Next of Kin:
*In Figures:
*In Words:
*Lucky Nos:
*Ticket No:

Verified by:________________

Confirmed by: ________________


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Alejandra said...

wow! i can't bekieve how naive i am!!!! i just received an identical e-mail and i sent MR. WILLIAMS, RONALD some personal information!! what happens now? i'm scared,

Spotter said...

You'll probably be sent a (fake) check, and be told that you need to pay certain taxes or fees by Western Union money transfer. That's the trick: you can draw on a check within a few days of depositing it, but the bank will take the money back later when they discover it's no good. That can take up to a month, and by that stage the money you sent via Western Union is long gone.

If you receive the check, don't bank it -- keep it as a talking point and warn your friends about the scam. Don't send any money via Western Union. If your "agent" contacts you about the check, tell him that the check is a fake, and that you refuse to bank it.

There is a possibility that the scammer can use the personal information you sent to commit identity fraud, but I don't consider it terribly likely. Still, keep a watch on your credit rating if you can.