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Have you received an email from "Star National Lottery" telling you that "your email address won in the 1st category" or something similar? It is a scam. No legitimate, legal lottery notifies winners vian email (see footnote)
Below is another example of a fake lottery; this email claims to be from the "Star National Lottery".
There are many other signs that this is a fraud that we have highlighted in the email below, not the least of which are:
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.
Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification.
Star National Lottery
PO Box 1010
Liverpool L70 1NL United Kingdom
We happily announce to you the draw (#1147) of the STAR NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 13th Jan 2007.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 04 10 21 22 25 38 31(Bonus ball) which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e. match 6 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,500,000 Pounds( one million five hundred thousand pounds) in cash credited to file XYL /26510460037/05 This is from a total cash prize of £6,000,000 (six million pounds starlings) shared amongst the Six (6) lucky winners in this category i.e. match 6 plus bonus. Please do provide with the following information's: And send to our Fiduciary Agent.
To file for your claim, please contact your fiduciary agent immediately via the email below. STAR NATIONAL LOTTERY FIDUCIARY AGENT
Name: Mr. Denins M. Ryan
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.
Cordially, Mr. Lewis Morgan