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Sample Email Scams Involving the British National Lottery
The Camelot Group
Mr Fred Martin, Mrs. Dianne Thompson

How to Recognize Them and What To Do If You Receive One

A couple of criminals going by the names "Mr Fred Martin" and "Mrs. Dianne Thompson" mocked up this fake lottery winning notification from Camelot for an email lottery.  The only problem is NO lottery, including Camelot, notifies winners, there is no email lottery run by Camelot in the UK and if there were, you can be sure they wouldn't write to you from free Hotmail and Yahoo email accounts.

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.

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.


Fraud Example


From: Award Department < cguk34@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007.10.2 04:58
Subject: YOUR AWARD NOTIFICATION FOR 2007
 
U.K National Lottery On-Line
 
The Camelot Group,:
Operators of The National Lottery.
3b Olympic Way, Sefton Business Park,
Aintree, Liverpool , L30 1RD

REF N: UKL/74-A0802742007                                                                  
BATCH N: 2007UKL-01

    
  U.K NATIONAL LOTTERY NEW YEAR BONANZA
 
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 3rd of February, 2007. 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 ( 891,934.00 pounds sterlings) in cash credited to file REF NO. REF: UKL/74-A0802742007. This is from total prize money of GBP 4,459,670.00 shared among the FIVE (5) international winners in this category.

 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 correspondence.

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 Fred Martin.
Email: customercareintl_2007@yahoo.co.uk
Tel:  +44-703-191-0970

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

 
Note below your winning details:

 
Ticket N: 22-1356-4096-988
Serial N: A069-07
Lucky N: 12-13-21-26-32-39 Bonus-17
File REF N.:  UKL/74-A0802742007
BATCH N.: 2007UKL-01

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

Mrs. Dianne Thompson
Online Coordinator,
CAMELOT GROUP,
Operator of The National Lottery.
 
N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the Winners will result to disqualification.

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.
 
 
*IMPORTANT* FILL OUT THIS WINNERS VERIFICATION FORM BELOW:
 
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:
*Address:
*City/State:
*Nationality:
*Sex:
*Email Address:
*Tel:
*Occupation:
*Next of Kin:
*Age:
*AMOUNT WON:
*In Figures:
*In Words:
*Lucky Nos:
*Ticket No:
 
 
OFFICE USE ONLY
Verified by:________________
 
Confirmed by: ________________
 
CLAIMS AGENT'S SIGNATURE:________________

 

 

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