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.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: PROMOTIONS MANAGER <uknl7@mail.net.mk>
Date: 02-Dec-2006 05:58
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!
To:

UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Support Center
Bevan House
51 Bevan Avenue
Conwy LL28 5AF
United Kingdom

FROM: THE DESK OF THE PROMOTIONS MANAGER,
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT,
REF: UKNL/26510460037/06
BATCH: 24/00319/IPD

ATTENTION: Sir/Madam
RE/AWARD NOTIFICATION: FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the announcement
Today, 1st december, 2006, of winners of the UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY, THE UNITED KINGDOM INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
held on 22th november 2006 in Croydon,London.
You email address was attached to ticket number
023-0148-790-459, with serial number 5063-11 drew
The lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43, and consequently
Won you the lottery in the 2nd category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay
Of  500,000.00 British Pounds(GBP) in cash credited to
file REF
NO. UKNL/26510460037/06. This is from total prize money
Of 2,000,000.00 British Pounds(GBP) shared among the four
International winners in this category.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide
Website through computer draw system and extracted from
over 100,000 companies as part of International Promotions
Program, which is conducted annually. Please note that
your
lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
coupon. In view of this, your 500,000.00 British
Pounds(GBP)
This amount would be released to you by our preferred
payment
center in London.

Our agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the Release of your funds as soon as you
contact
him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your
winning information confidential till your claims is
processed
and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you
deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our
precautionary
measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of
this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be
warned.
This is part of our security protocol to avoid
Double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants
Of this program.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary
Agent;

NAME: DAVID WOOD.
#195 Edgware Road,
London W2 1EY
United Kingdom.
TELEPHONE: +44 702 409 6805
           +44 703 192 4638
FAX:      0044 871 715 1331
EMAIL:  ldip0000@yahoo.com.ph

UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
For due processing and remittance of your prize
Money, please remember to quote your
Reference and batch numbers in every one of your
Correspondences with your agent.
Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later
Than three weeks from today.After this day, all funds will
Be returned as unclaimed.

Furthermore, should there be any
Change of your address; do inform your claims agent
As soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all our staff and thank
You for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Sincerely,
Dr Paul White
Zonal Co-ordinator
www.national-lottery.com
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2 comments:

vijai said...

I also got one ,tell me how to tackle or catch them?
sender's e-mail is
"msnlottery_22@yahoo.co.uk"

Spotter said...

It's up to the police to catch them -- not that they do much of it, by and large. The best we can do is warn people about fake lotteries: don't let friends be victims. Other than that, you can try to waste their time if you feel so inclined (known as scammer-baiting). Personally, I'd rather spend my time writing public warnings than corresponding with scammers.