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Have you received an email from "Miss Gilmore Gluck" at "British Sweepstake Lottery Program" telling you that "your email address won in the second category" or something similar, and to contact "Dr. Garrison Lutuka" to collect your winnings? It is a scam. What would a British Sweepstakes (if there were one) have to do with a South Africa event? Why is a person with a PhD ("DR.) working as a "claims manager"? And No legitimate, legal lottery notifies winners vian email (see footnote) The scammers may change the names and details, but it is still a scam!
Below is another example of a fake lottery; this email claims to be from the "British Sweepstake Lottery Program".
Although the most important clue is that no legitimate lottery will ever email a winner, there are many other signs that this is a fraud. We have highlighted some of these 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 excessive and random CapItaLiZAtion. They often can't even spell "hundred" or know that "22th" ought to be "22nd". These scammers usually write at the 3rd grade level. Being non-native English speakers, they also often get first names and surnames (last names reversed), so you will frequently see names like "Mr. SMITH JAMES.", instead of "Mr. James Smith", along with the peculiar usage of periods (full stops) and spaces or the lack thereof. Real lotteries also proofread their emails and look and read more professional.
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 sweepstakes and lotteries THRIVE on publicity - they don't want you to keep anything secret - the publicity causes people to enter or buy more of their products. The scammer want you to keep quiet because they don't want the police or ConsumerFraudreporting to hear about them! It should read: "For our own security, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential until we have finished scamming you!"
Require the winner to pay - U.S. federal law prohibits sweepstakes from charging you for anything, not "delivery", couriers, taxes, fees, handling charges, or anything else!
Here is a typical scam sweepstakes winning notification.
British Sweepstake Lottery Headquarters:
28 Tanfield Road,
CONGRATULATIONS THE LUCkY WINNER :
We happily announce to you the draw of the British Sweepstake Lottery International programs held on the 4th March 2007 in London for 2010 South African World Cup Surpport. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 564 75600545 188 with Serial number 5388/02 drew the lucky numbers: 31-6-26-13-35-7,which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category. You are therefore, been approved to claim a total sum of 420,000.00 ( four hundred and twenty thousand british pounds ) in cash.
This is from a total cash prize of 125 Million pounds shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category. This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for British Lottery. The estimated 125 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in U.K. history. The biggest was the 363 million jackpot that went to two winners in a May 2000 drawing of The Big Game, Mega Millions' predecessor.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your 420,000.00 (Four hundered and twenty thousand british pounds ) would be released to you by our paying bank
Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with him All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Website through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fita to claim your prize.
This is a part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned. To file for your claim, Please contact our fiduciary Agent with the below details for processing of your claims.
AGENT IN SOUTH AFRICA:
Dr. Garrison Lutuka
British Sweepstake Lottery Promotion
South Africa branch.
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers,
In any correspondences with us or our designated agent. Congratulations once more from all our members and staffs of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Miss Gilmore Gluck
British Sweepstake Lottery Program
HEAD QUARTER, LONDON.
Four years from now the eyes of the world with be on South Africa where the World Cup will be played on African soil for the first time. Today, the logo for South Africa 2010 was revealed. The image above is one that you will become very familiar with in the next four years. Where does it rank in the history of World Cup logos? You can decide for yourself by checking out the logos dating back to first one in 1966 when apparently clip art was first invented
* Re: emails of winnings. We know of only ONE exception in the world to this rule - and if you bought a ticket from them, you would know it, and would not be questioning it.
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Names used by scammers in the examples on this page and others often belong to real people and businesses who often have no knowledge of nor connection to the scammer's use of their name and information. Sample scam emails and other documents are copies of the scam to help potential victims recognize and avoid it. You should presume that any names used and presented here in a scam are either fictitious or used without their legitimate owner's permission.
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