Consumer Fraud Reporting

Reporting on the Latest Frauds, Scams, Fake Lotteries, Spams and Hoaxes

Consumer Fraud Reporting

Reporting on the Latest Frauds, Scams, Fake Lotteries, Spams and Hoaxes

Consumer Fraud Reporting

Reporting on the Latest Frauds, Scams, Fake Lotteries, Spams and Hoaxes

UK National Lottery Scams:
Lotto by Text
"Larry Holms", "Ashley Steve"

Have you received an email from "Ashley Steve"  at the "Lotto by Text" telling you that you won the a prize and to contact "Larry Holms"?  It is a scam.

There are only two legal large lotteries in Britain, the National Lottery and the Monday Lottery, anyway, and they do NOT use email to notify winners. Below is a scam email actually received.

If you read the "About US" page on their website ( ) , it is clear that all they do is offer a service to text the results of each UK Lottery draw to you phone, and offer a fee-based service to become a member of a lottery ticket buying syndicate.  So if you haven't joined and paid them, you cannot possibly win. This is a scam that uses their name, but has nothing to do with Lotto by Text.

There is no such thing as a free lunch!  Do become a victim by thinking you're going to randomly win a lottery for which you haven't even purchased a ticket.  That's just nuts.

DO NOT reply to any emails you receive that claim you have won a lottery that you did not enter.  They are frauds.  You will lose your money.  There is no "free lunch"; don't be foolish and believe a scam!  We can not say it any more plainly:  YOU WILL NOT BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL BY ANY LEGITIMATE LOTTERY THAT YOU WON A PRIZE.  If you do receive such an email, it IS a fraud, do not reply to it!  If you DID reply to one, see this page to find out what happens next!

Other resources:


In the UK, call the hotline at 020 7211 8111 to check or report lottery scams.

There are many other signs that this is a fraud that we have highlighted in the email below, typically including one or more of these:

  • Email address ballot: There is no such thing as a "computer ballot system" or "computer email draw". No one, not even Microsoft has a database of email addresses of the type or magnitude they suggest.

  • Terrible spelling, punctuation, syntax and grammar - Scammers apparently don't know how to use spell checkers.  We assume they dropped out of school before that class. They use almost random CapItaLiZAtion and often can't even spell "February" or know that "22th" ought to be "22nd". Real lotteries proofread their emails and use people who can write above the 3rd grade level.

  • Using free email account: The scammer is writing to you from a FREE email account (Yahoo, Hotmail, Excite, AIM, Gmail, etc.).  Don't you think a real organization would use its own email, its own domain and website?

  • Keep Confidential - Real lotteries THRIVE on publicity - they don't want you to keep anything secret - the publicity causes people to buy more tickets. there is NO risk of "double claiming" because they can validate where the ticket numbers were sold. The scammer want you to keep quiet because they don't want the police or ConsumerFraudreporting to hear about them!

  • Email notification: NO REAL LOTTERY SENDS AN EMAIL TO NOTIFY WINNERS.  Period.  Full-stop. End of story. There mere fact ALONE that you received an email saying you won a lottery is proof that it is a scam.

  • Courier / delivery charges are high due to Hardcover insurance Policy - If you respond to them, you will usually receive an email telling you you must pay delivery charges. First, as we mentioned earlier, no winner would ever have to pay delivery charges in a real lottery, sweepstakes or promotion.  Secondly, there is no such thing as "hardcover insurance policies" . Go search in Google and see if you can find a definition for it!

Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification. 

Actual scam email (One example - the scammers constantly change names, dates and addresses!):

Date: 1 Febuary 2008

From: Larry Holms < >

Reply-To:, ,

Subject: Final Result

BCM Box 555
London WC1N 3XX,

Attention: Email Owner,

This email is to inform you that your email emerged winner of the Lotto By
Text Uk National Lottery with Ball Numbers:1-2-6-13-38-43-24 and Draw
Number:1262. You are therefore been approved for a lump sums pay out of
700,000.00 GBP (Seven Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds
Sterling).Equivalent to $1,390,814.00 USD.(One Million Three Hundred And
Ninety Thousand Eight Hundred And Fourteen United State Dollars). In cash,
Credited to Master Card No. 51486547 8940 6543 with
Reg.No.MCIMJ:5148/4178, this online draws was played on the 26th of
January 2008.And you happens to be our seventh lucky Winner.For further
information about your winnings, contact our Lottery Fiduciary agent with
the following Information:

1:.FULL NAME:........................
2:.MAILING ADDRESS:..................
3:.Master Card No.5148 6547 8940 6543
4:.Reg. No.MCIMJ:5148/4178...........
4:.DATE OF BIRTH.....................
6:.WINNING EMAIL.....................
7:.TELEPHONE NUMBER..................
10:.TOTAL AMOUNT WON.................
11:.MARITAL STATUE...................

After Satisfying the above,you should contact the lottery vian email or
Phone number shown below:

Name : Larry Holms.(Lottery Fiduciary Agent)



Phone: +44 704 577 0265

Congratulations once More from all members and staff of this program.
NOTE: Lotto by Text is committed to promoting the National Lottery service
in a socially responsible manner. In so doing Lotto by Text carefully
selects where to promote its services and avoiding vulnerable
socio-demographic groups in particular those on low incomes, gamblers and
those under the age of 16

Other names used:

Name : Mr.Ashley Steve. Jr.(Lottery Fiduciary Agent)
Phone: +44 704 577 0265

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