Protect Yourself and Report the Latest Frauds, Scams, Spams, Fakes, Identify Theft Hacks and Hoaxes
Below is yet another example of a fake lottery, this one using the name "UK-LOTTO Sweepstake Online Lottery International". There are many signs that this is a fraud, not the least of which is you can't even determine whether this is supposed to be a lottery, a sweepstakes or an online game. The scammer has used all of those words in the name he made up!
And a legitimate lottery sweepstakes (or any other legitimate company) certainly would not use free hotmail, yahoo, elitist, or aim email accounts.
Notice the gibberish writing, excessive/incorrect use of CAPITAL letters, lack of decent punctuation misspelling (he can't even spell "hundred" correctly) and other clues to an obvious fraud that we have highlighted in the letter; keep confidential, selected by a random computer lottery of email addresses, use of free email accounts, etc.
It is a typical scam sweepstakes winning notification. Also see these pages:
from: Peter Nolan,
UK-LOTTO Sweepstake Online Lottery International
We happily announce to you the draw of the UK-LOTTO Sweepstake Online Lottery International programs held on the Sunday February 18th 2007 Printable View in BRESIA ITALY Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02drew the lucky numbers:11-13-26-34-44-48, which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of US$2.5(2million and five hundrend thousand, United States Dollars) in cash credited to file ktu/9023118308/03.
This is from a total cash prize of US $ US$2.5 million and five hundrend thousand dollars, shared amongst the first Ten (10) lucky winners in this category.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 companies.
This promotion takes place annually Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your US$2.5 (Two million and five hundrend thousand USD,
Why Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) would be released to you by our payment office in europe.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
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 fit to claim your prize.
This is 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:
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your full names, your country, your private Telephone and fax number, your reference/batch numbers etc in any correspondences with us or our designated agent.
Congratulations once more from all members and staffs of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional ottery program
UK-LOTTO Co-ordinator .
VERIFICATION AND FUND RELEASE FORM Send the following to the company for proof and verification:-
9.BATCH NUMBER:____________________ B. REF
10.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF
Upon receipt of the duly requested data, I will send you the contact information of the payment office so you can proceed with effecting the release of your claim in anyway you deem fit.
Nolan Peter (Mr.)
International Relation Officer.
Dear Henry Watts:
Since all communications of this type I have received have been frauds, I require the following from you:
1) Copies of all relevant documents, eg. official copy of lottery selection and announcement; certifications that the lottery you represent is a legal entity in the European Countries in your E-mail; and documents verifying that you are authorized to act in this matter.
2. Assurance that no personal information or business information will be required from me for any reason.
3. Please arrange to have any funds transferred by Registered or Cashier's Check. I hereby authorize that any fees or processing charges must be deducted from the winnings. No funds will be transferred from the US for any reason.
If I do not hear from you directly I will assume that this is a fraud and will direct all of this information to appropriate US and International Authorities.
VISUAL DISPATCH DELIVERY
144-146 Beddington Lane
Croydon CR0 4TD United Kingdom
Tel: +44 701 1121594
Dear John Doe,
Your reference number has been confirmed. This means that you have been officially cleared for payment by the Verifications Dept. at the headquarters of the UK LOTTERY DEPARTMENT. Your winning cheque, original copy of your winning certificate, together with a covering document (Money Laundering protection and Letter of Affidavit for Claims) from the UK LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS stating that the money was obtained legally through their National lottery promotion will be sent to you as soon as you choose from any of the option stipulated below.
To begin the final step of the claims process, which is the dispatchment of your winning cheque and other relevant claims documents . With regards to this, there are Three options open to you.
You are required to select the most convenient of the Three.
The options, together with their associated conditions are presented below: You are required to pay the necessary courier charges to enable us send you your cheque and other claims documents.
We are delivering your winning cheque and other claims documents to you via any of this channel listed below:
Vat (5%) $40.00
Vat (5%) $50.00
Vat (5%) $40.00
This company declined reverse payment for these charges, stating that it is against their professional policy towards ensuring the safe delivery of the cheque to you. That if a reverse payment is made, and something goes wrong, that we/you cannot sue the courier company or insurance company to recover the full value of the fund as stipulated in the cheque since payment for insurance cover was not made at point of mailing. With the above reason, reverse payment is ruled out.
Note: that your prize is protected by a hardcover insurance policy, which makes it impossible to deduct any amount from the money before it has been remitted to you. This means that the above charges cannot be deducted from the prize and hence must be provided by you before your prize is transferred to you.
This is in accordance with section 13(1)(n) of the national gambling act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3RD July 1996 by the constitutional assembly. This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds Send your response to indicate your option within the next 24hrs, because you only have till 28th Febuary 2007 to claim this cheque and after this period, your cash prize will be deemed to have been forfeited by you and will be sent back to the lottery board.
Once again, congratulations.
Mr Henry Watts.