Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
The scammer using the pseudonyms of "Mr Brown walter" and "Mrs Kate Ross" thinks your dumb enough to believe that lotteries give away money who don't buy their tickets. In fact, just by having an email address, the scammer says you won! However, if the obvious fact that NO lottery ever emails people to tell them they won, and you can't win from your email address, without buying a ticket and the scammer doesn't understand the difference between English first and last names (Brown Walter / Walter Brown); then you're starting to worry us. And that's what the scammers are counting on, a combination of greed and stupidity on the part of the victims.
Of course, there are only two legal 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. And note that the UK National Lottery says (we're quoting them directly):
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, click here to see what you will likely receive back.
For your education and entertainment, we have highlighted some of the obvious clues that this is a scam; such as the use of a free Yahoo email account and the omnipresent claim that your "email address attached to ticket..." was the key to winning. As if email addresses are used to hand out money...
In the UK, call the hotline at 020 7211 8111 to check or report lottery scams.
From: LOTTERY DEPARTMENT <
Subject: No: UK/9420X2/68
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 11:30:57 -0500
Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws of BRITISH 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 two winners in the category \\\"A\\\" with the following winning information:
REF No: UK/9420X2/68
BATCH No: 200074/05/ZY369
TICKET No: 20511465463-7644
SERIAL No: S/N-00168
LUCKY No: 887 13 865 37 10 83
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of £1,000,000. Pounds ( million 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, please contact the processing agent;
Mr Brown walter
Tel:+44 701 114 9352 or +44702-403-5101
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). Anybody under the age of 17 and members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to participate in this program. Please note; You are hereby advice to send the asign fudiciray Agent details below for Processing of your Claims;
(1.) FULL NAME
(2.) FULL ADDRESS
(4) DATE OF BIRTH
(6 )WINNING EMAIL
(7 )TELEPHONE NUMBER
(8) DATE OF WINNING NOTIFICATION
(10) TOTAL AMOUNT WON
(11) MARITAL STATUS
Mrs Kate Ross.
for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY