In my time reviewing the European lottery, British National Lottery and other global lotteries, I have received quite a few enquiries regarding lottery scams online. Over the last month I too have received a great many fraudulent emails, some of them regarding supposed lotteries.
Below are three examples of those I have received in case they help people who are unsure how legitimate they are. The answer is: they are scams.
Received 20 June 2012:
We are please to announce to you that your email address emerged along
side 4 others as a category winner in this year’s weekly Publishers
Clearing House PCH lotto.
You have won One million dollars and have been approved for a total pay
out of One million us dollars
The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order
winning numbers :7-1-4-8-7 -3 email ticket
number: FL 654/29/75
Contact claims officer with the Contact info below
– Hello Dear,
This is Allen and Violet Large i and my wife are the winner of Atlantic
Lottery this year 2012,and from our winning funds of 7 Million Pounds
Sterling’s we have a donation of 1.5 Million Pounds Sterling’s to support
churches, fire departments, cemeteries and the Red Cross. And after you have done this good job please feel
free to reimburse yourself with 40% of the funds.
I want to let you know that we have checked through your country chambers of
commerce and we found out that you are a good person and can handle the job
for it purpose. You will have to contact my Pastor,Mr. Lawrence Raymond Larson to
release the 1.5 Million Pounds Sterling’s to you on his e-mail address only
below with the following details,
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws held today by Pepsi
Bottling Company in conjunction with the British Online Lottery, which won you the sum of 250,000 pounds.
Your e-mail address registered to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 won you the
sum of 250,000 pounds in a BANK CERTIFIED CHECK, credited to file: BOL/9023118308/03
Email addresses where randomly selected by a ballot system picked from a large mass of email addresses from
Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Hi5, Match and other well known social networks and email providers.
However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation
None of these are from legitimate global lotteries and are only after either your money or your personal details (identity theft).
To reiterate what we have said on this site before, you have to buy a ticket to be in a lottery. You will already know you are playing. Also no lottery administrator contacts a winner direct it is up to winners to contact them and show the winning ticket.
Certainly no lottery company would ever want money in advance or any personal details.
In general terms, if it seems too good to be true, it isn’t true.
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