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.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
ONLINE WINNING NOTIFICATION
UK-LOTTO HEADQUARTERS The Marina Offices, St Peters Yacht Basin, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HX England Customer Service Ref: UK/9420X2/68 Batch: 074/05/ZY369 WINNING NOTIFICATION: We happily announce to you the draw (#1010) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ,online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 9th of September, 2007 here in England . Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: and Bonus Ball (06,13,17,23,32,43 Bonus Ball 49) which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e match 6. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,200,000 (One million two hundred thousand British pounds sterling) in cash, credited to file ktu/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of £12,000,000 shared amongst the first ten (10) lucky winners in this category. All participants for this online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place 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 £1,200,000 (One million two hundred thousand British pounds sterling) will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe . Our European 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 claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to receive your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned!! To file for your claim, contact our claims agent below with the following information. Mr. Paul Smith Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax No : +44 7005930643 Tel No: +44 7045768556 CLAIMS VERIFICATION FORM FULL NAMES OF BENEFICIARY: CONTACT ADDRESS: CITY/STATE: COUNTRY: NATIONALITY: SEX: AGE: MARITAL STATUS: TEL NO: WINNING EMAIL ADDRESS: NEXT OF KIN: ANNUAL INCOME: AMOUNT WON: REFENCE NO: BATCH NO: LUCKY NO: TICKET NO Congratulations once again from all members and staff of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery programs. Yours faithfully, Debbie Walker Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY