The War on the Scammers Email Continues

 
 

Nearly everyone online has received a scammers email at one time or another. Indeed, many of us regularly receive a scammers email encouraging us to send money or provide personal details in exchange for lottery winnings.

Of course, we should never respond to such correspondence as there are never any winnings to be received and the senders of the emails are only after our money or information.

Nonetheless, criminals are making huge amounts of money from these frauds, with a particular problem being criminals from Jamaica targeting vulnerable victims in the USA.
 

Man Relaxing With Laptop On Outside Terrace

 
to snuff out the sources of this heart-breaking crime but, as the rewards are so enormous and the criminal influence so deep-seated, rooting out the perpetrators is taking a great deal of time.

All areas of the US are affected by the scammers email and a recent article in the Kennebec Journal sets out the problems and latest progress from the perspective of the state of Maine. It is estimated that Americans are losing around $300 million a year to these frauds with individuals losing up to $85,000 or more a time. Sadly, as victims are often unwilling to admit their mistake, the total losses could be even greater.

Of course a scammers email or letter can be received by anyone around the world: the Canadian government’s anti-fraud centre, for example, received 2815 complaints in 2012 regarding Jamaican sourced lottery scams.

Please, if you receive such a scammers email, do not reply. You might consider reporting it to your local police but you should then certainly delete it.

Do not become a victim of these heartless criminals.

 

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Two Taxi Drivers Save Elderly Lady From Scammers Email

 
 

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As discussed in previous articles, lottery scams are still very common. The criminals who operate the fraud are very clever and persuasive: often they form a relationship over a long period of time, which convinces their victims they are genuine.

Sadly what seems to be a genuine lottery win is often simply a criminal, or group of criminals, trying to get money from their victim, either directly or via their personal details.

Hopefully more and more people are beginning to understand the problem and are turning away when approached in this way. Too many times however, vulnerable victims are being caught and are losing huge amounts of money.

A particularly galling aspect of this crime is the victims are often too embarrassed to admit they have been duped or, even worse, they do not believe well-meaning people who advise them to pull away from the influence fraudsters hold over their victims.

Wink News in Florida, USA recently reported on two taxi drivers who acted when a regular customer looked like she was falling for the persuasive story of one of these criminals.

Jackson Jackreese is a driver with a local cab firm and became concerned when an elderly passenger told him she had won a global international lottery and had to send a stranger a money order of thousands of dollars. The taxi driver acted quickly and told of his worries to the police and bank staff who were able to stop the issuing of the money.

Such was the influence of the fraudsters however that the lady became annoyed with Mr. Jackreese’s actions and stopped using his company. She started using another taxi firm but did not expect what happened next.

Once again the victim took a taxi to her bank to issue a money order to the scammers. Her driver this time, Tony Strong, also picked up on what was happening and told bank officials who once again put a hold on the money. He also reported the whole affair to the local place fraud unit.

We can only hope the lady concerned has understood the situation and will not send any money.

Read the whole story on the WinkNews.com website.

Please treat any unsolicited claim of lottery winnings with suspicion and do nothing but report the correspondence to your local police.
 
 

Hard Economic Times Mean Fraud Is On The Increase

 
 

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We all dream of winning money on the British National Lottery or on the Euromillions prize draw and some unscrupulous operators play on this by sending out emails, texts, and letters or calling us on the telephone telling us we have won money. Unfortunately all they want is our personal details or for us to send them money.

A recent report from the British Citizens Advice Bureau shows that the harder economic times are persuading more and more people to send out scam correspondence in the hope of getting some easy money. Sadly, their schemes work all too often, causing embarrassment, financial hardship and stress to their victims.

A study from the Office of Fair Trading quoted in the CAB report tell us that lottery scams cost the British public £260 million each year with around 140,000 victims suffering. Separate data shows a further £60 million is raised from another 380,000 victims over other scams defined as prize draw or sweepstake fraud.

We have to be vigilant to ensure these scammers do not manage to get the better of us. The reality is if it seems too good to be true then it probably is – walk away.

Remember a scammer’s email will always look very inviting.

The frauds will not only offer you a supposed British National Lottery or European prize draw jackpot, they take many forms. Read the CAB report to find out more and how to stay away from these scams.
 
 

Global Lotteries: The Thieves Keep Up The Pressure

In my time reviewing the European lotteryBritish 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
($1,000,000.00 USD)

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

Mr. Todd Sloan

Email: pubchouse@gmail.com

Winners must send their

1.Name in full:

2.Address:

3.Sex:

4.Nationality:

5.Age:

6.Occupation:

7.Phone number:

8.Present Country:

This information is to process the immediate payment of your winning prize.
Best Regards,

Mr. Danial carpenter

Publishers Clearing

Received from: publisherorg@aol.com

 
 

Received 21 June 2012:

21 June 2012

– 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,

1 Full name…………
2 Full residential…
3 Occupation ……
4 phone number:…….
5 Country…………
6 Age………..
7 Sex.,……….
8 Phone number….
9 Country……

Name: Pastor Lawrence Raymond Larson
E-Mail Address:  lawrencelarson556@gmail.com

Thanks,
Mr.& Mrs. Large

Received from: j.d.iii@zanima.sk

Received 21 June 2012:

THE PEPSI COMPANY OFFICIAL PRIZE NOTIFICATION

Dear Winner,

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

and privacy.

For Claims, Contact:

=============================================

Dr. Carter Savage
E-mail: specialclaims-pepsi@wss-id.org

Phone: +44 704 574 2548

=============================================

Provide him with your full names, contact information, ticket number and Serial number.

Accept my hearty Congratulations!

Your Faithfully
Mrs Steffan .K. Lloyds
ONLINE CO-ORDINATOR

Received from: criativadigital@netsite.com.br

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.

Other resources you might find useful are listed below:

Global Lotteries: Lottery Fraud And How To Avoid It

Is it me or have the number of lottery scam emails increased recently? It is not enough for us here at UKLotteryDraw.com to report on the British National Lottery, the European lottery and other global lotteries, we also have advised several people regarding the many lottery scams there are around.

In the last few weeks we have ourselves received an amazing number of fraudulent emails regarding not only lottery scams but also other attempts to extract money from us. But, as this is a lottery website, let’s look at the lottery emails.

Firstly, can we reiterate the rules for avoiding lottery scams:

1. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. You never get something for nothing – particularly where money is concerned.

2. In lotteries, you will never, ever win anything unless you buy a ticket or join a syndicate. If you have not joined one of the many global lotteries you are not in it.

3. No lottery administrator will ever contact you if you have won. If you do think you have a winning lottery number you will have to contact the lottery company yourself.

4. At no time will any lottery administrator ask for your personal details or ask you to send money to them before releasing the prize. There is no exception to this.

The scammers are after your personal details (identity theft) or your money. Send either to them and you will start a nightmare you want to avoid at all costs.

If you do receive a fraudulent email, letter or telephone call you may want to refer it to your local law enforcement organization, government consumer department or one of the online fraud agencies (see some useful links below) but please DO NOT respond to the fraudsters.

Delete the email, burn the letter or put the telephone down.

These fraudsters are making millions from their victims. Please let’s shut them down.

Here are some example emails I have collected from kind correspondents:

UK NATIONAL LOTTERY INC©
Licensed & Registered
2 Monck Street, London OvSW1P 2BQ
Tel: +44 (0) 701-112-8490

This is to publicize the result of online liberated
gaming promo endowment apprehended in UK, March 2012.
Based on random assortment implementation from Millions
of e-mail Addresses World-Wide, your email address was
selected. Hence, the UK National lottery Incorporated©,
has approved you to collect the sum of £950,000.00 GBP.

Grant file: 60009878623: REF: NEA/020-09092012.

Contact our associated solicitor below for information to
disburse your prize of £950,000.00 GBP to you due to
condition of claim by winners resident outside of United Kingdom.

Names:
Tel:
Country:

======
Michael Bakker Co & Law-Firm.
Esq. Michael Bakker (Appointed Payment Attorney)
Email: michaelbakker.lawfirm.uk@hotmail.com
michaelbakker_esq@yahoo.co.jp
TEL:+44 (0) 7700012683
======

PRIZE MUST BE CLAIM WITHIN 12 DAYS OF RECEIVING NOTICE.

Sincerely,
Josef Huber
Fiduciary Agent

And a second, longer one:

UK National Lottery P O Box 1010 Liverpool, L70 1NL UNITED KINGDOM

(Customer Services)WINNING PARAMETERSRef Number: UK/9580X2/45Batch Number: 062/01/ZY469IDENTIFICATION NUMBER:{CPEL/OWN/9876}.

Congratulations Lucky Winner,According to the notification that you received. The notification mail sent to you is to inform you that you emerged as our lucky winner.and this explains how you became a winner, The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 21,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet, no tickets were sold. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of two winners in the category \\A\\

You are therefore been approved to claim the sum of a31,000,000,00 (One Million, Great Britain Pound Sterlings Only).Also, we do sincerely hope you will put part of your winnings into good use for community, educational and business development and also to render selfless services to the less privileged in your community. This office is in receipt of the information you provided for the processing of your lottery winnings of One Million, Great Britain Pound Sterlings (a31,000,000,00)  which was also forwarded to us from the ONLINE COORDINATOR OF THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY INC , your lottery funds of the sum of One Million, Great Britain Pound Sterlings (a31,000,000,00)  have been processed. I have forwarded your details, your file and original certificate to our associated COURIER COMPANY (SCARLET COURIER COMPANY) for verification and payment.  Now you are required to contact the SCARLET COURIER COMPANY yourself by writing an application for the release of your winnings to you.

The application should be presented to them in the below format and sent by email.CONTACT SCARLET COURIER COMPANY FOR YOUR WINNING PRIZE:Courier Name: Scarlet Courier Limited.Contact Person: Mr. Richard PetersonE-mail:- : +447017425121 Fax: +448447743319Note that you are to provide the Scarlet Courier Company with the required details below to officially identify you:1) Winner’s Full Names:2) Present Full Address:3) Telephone Number:4) Country\city :5) Occupation :6) Raffle Draw Winning Email:7) Amount Won:  Winning Reference Number:9) Winning Batch Number:10) Winning Transfer Identification code: ELPC/MWT/014311) Winning Certificate Number: UK/9876125

Having applied to the Courier, you are required to keep me updated of every correspondence and of progress with the Courier as soon as you are in contact with them because it is my responsibility, as your fiduciary agent, to ensure that you get paid and on time too. Again, it is important that you keep all your winning particulars and numbers personal and confidential until your prize money has been paid to you.  This is a security measure to avoid double claiming or/and impersonation.

Contact the Courier as soon as possible to avoid delays to your payment.  Should you have any difficulties whatsoever, do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Pinkett Griffin.Uk National Lottery Claims Agent.

And finally a simple one received here the other day:

Your mail id has won 1,000, 000.00 Pounds in the Uk Draw send:

Name..
Address:.
Age..
Tell…
Occupation…
Country:
Email:.

Adolf Korczyk

a.korczyk@pb.edu.pl

These links may well be useful:

Previous articles on lottery fraud.

The British National Lottery and fraud.

The UK’s official  ActionFraud website.

FraudAid’s website.

Global Lotteries: More Lottery Scams Appear

We all want to find the best lotteries to play and identify the global lotteries that will make our dreams come true.

Sadly too many people are still the victim of lottery scams that prey on our wish to win it big.

The Brooklyn Eagle newspaper recently warned residents in their area of the United States that a new lottery scam was operating in the vicinity. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reports that cheques are being received by potential victims together with a covering letter.

This letter is from a company calling itself either Guaranty Trust Inc., New York or Golden Gateway Financial, Division of Unclaimed Funds from Las Vegas or London.

The cheque is fake and the signature forged. The letter tells the recipients they have won a prize in the ‘American Lottery Sweepstakes Millions’ and that they should send money to claim the full prize.

Of course the money disappears and no prize is forthcoming.

At the same time, Bayshore Broadcasting in Canada reports a lady received an email telling her she had won a $5.5 million lottery in Australia.

Regrettably she replied to the email. A person pretending to be a doctor then persuaded her to send a $2500 ‘administration fee.’ Once she had sent that, the victim was then asked to send another $2850 as a ‘currency conversion fee.’

Needless to say, the lady has seen no winnings or even her money back.

If you receive any notice that you have won a lottery you did not pay to enter then ignore it. Never, ever, respond to any such communication. You will either lose money or personal information.

As Thomas DiNapoli explains, “An offer of easy money is usually too good to be true.”

One way to avoid the scams is to play lotteries online or visit your local shop to play one of the global lotteries.

Read more on lottery scams here.

Global Lotteries: The Microsoft Lottery Scam

With the development of mass communication there has been a growth in the number of frauds and scams available – many involve supposed lottery wins and not all involve legitimate lotteries such as the UK lottery draw or the European lottery.

There are indeed many global lotteries in which you can win but I have been sent details of a scam involving a fictitious lottery run by Microsoft (thank you, Nelson).

An email is sent out claiming the recipient has won a substantial sum of money in the ‘Microsoft Lottery.’

The winner is then requested to send either personal details (perhaps bank details) or a sum of money as an ‘administration fee’ or similar.

Clearly the fraudsters want either to steal the recipient’s personal details/identity or simply relieve them of money. In some instances victims have supplied the requested details or funds and are then contacted several times in succession with further requests. It would seem that, once a victim has been identified, the criminals see them as an easy target and try to get more.

There is no Microsoft lottery of course and in any case you will never be in a lottery you did not know about. You have to pay money to join a lottery or lottery syndicate in advance. Also none of the legitimate global lotteries will contact winners direct – if you think your ticket has won you a prize, it is up to you to claim the money.

Microsoft themselves issue this advice on their website: “Microsoft customers are often targets of a scam that uses email messages to falsely promise money. There is no Microsoft lottery. Delete the message. If you have lost money to this scam report it. You can also send the police report to Microsoft and we will use it to help law enforcement catch the criminals who send out these email messages.”

The best general advice is to ignore any emails, letters or telephone calls that are both unexpected and seem too good to be true – even if it seems to be from one of the legitimate global lotteries.

If there is any doubt you can always Google the name of the lottery, look to see if any scams are already reported and check the official website of whichever of the global lotteries is concerned.

Never part with money or details to someone you do not know.

I have been given details of the contacts on one such ‘Microsoft’ email and these might help identify future frauds. Avoid anything using these, even if it apparently comes from one of the global lotteries.

The details on the email were:

 Mr. Terry Martins- ballotdraw.board@msn.com

Promotion Director: Mrs. Catherine Douglas.

Play Lotteries Online: Facebook Lottery Scam

Once again evidence showing why you can only rely on lottery tickets purchased in shops, or why it is good to play lotteries online, has shown itself. This time it involves a scam supposedly sourced from Facebook (it had to happen).

The American Better Business Bureau report bogus emails arriving in victim’s inboxes supposedly from Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook. The emails claim the recipient is the winner of $1 million in the Facebook 2011 Sweepstakes.

Curiously the email goes on to claim the prize will be released from the Facebook office in England and victims are asked to click on a link. As so often happens there is a paragraph requesting complete confidentiality: this of course ensures the recipient does not discuss the email with anybody else and so discover it is a fraud.

Of course the email is not from Facebook at all but from some shadowy scammer somewhere in the world.

As usual there are several clues to prove the email is bogus. Firstly in this case the office is “in England.” Why this would be case in a legitimate lottery is unclear but certainly anyone from or familiar with the country would be more likely to describe it as ‘Britain’ or the ‘United Kingdom’ than just ‘England.’ Equally, as has been said so often, no lottery organizer will send an unexpected message to say someone has won their lottery – you will know already that you have bought a ticket or that you already play lotteries online. The emails always contain bad spelling or grammar or other mistakes, such as the reference to ‘England’ already mentioned.

Such scams are simply out to part you either from your details (and therefore your identity) or your money (in the form of some ‘administrative fee’ or similar).

If you do get such an email you can report it to the authorities closest to you and/or delete it. Never get involved in any way.

See more about these fraudulent emails at the Better Business Bureau website.

If you want to find the best lotteries to play and to legitimately play lotteries online, please click on one of the banners on this page.

Global Lotteries: Watch For The Scams

Yet another new lottery fraud has surfaced in the town of Austintown, Ohio and has been reported on the WKBN.com website.

At first this one appears to be exciting and not a scam at all. A lady in Austintown received a cheque for $1985 in the post, supposedly from a body calling itself the ‘Global Lotto Commission.’

The letter with the cheque claims she has won part of a $125 000 lottery jackpot. The next step was for her to call a number given in the letter to speak to a specific individual. Fortunately the lady concerned was smart enough not to call the number but instead to report the letter.

Of course there is no such organization as the Global Lotto Commission; indeed the name is well known as a scam cover and has been used before.

But surely in this case, the lady could have just cashed the cheque and profited that way? Sadly if she rang the number provided she would be told to send a portion of the money via Western Union to cover administration charges. The cheque she received will certainly prove to be invalid and she would have sent her own money to the scammers.

The British National Lottery administrators, Camelot, and other lottery bodies are aware of how common these scams are becoming and are keen to educate people on what to look for and not give money or information to the scammers.

After all, that is what these people are after: your money or your identity.

The British National Lottery website provides some useful information relevant to anyone and to any of the many global lotteries.

The first rules should be well known but bear repeating. No lottery organization will contact you to tell you of a winning lottery ticket; you have to claim your winnings from them and show your winning ticket.

You will already know you are in a lottery, as you will have purchased a ticket or joined a syndicate. In other words, you will have already parted with money to play the lottery in advance. Now you can play lotteries online but you still purchase tickets before the draw.

The British National Lottery and other lottery administrators will never tell you how much you have won in an email and certainly would never ask for your personal details or money. Why would they?

The scammers are getting more sophisticated however. Emails may include an embedded link which will take you to an official looking website. Not surprisingly you will be asked to enter your details on this site or perhaps download software.

This of course is phishing and will give the scammer details that can be used to access your accounts or even make purchases in your name.

Never follow a link in such an email. If you think the email might be genuine (unlikely) and you want to check, find the proper official website yourself through Google. If the results bring up a different website to the one in the email then you are being scammed.

Obviously the different global lotteries have different websites but the one for the British National Lottery can be found at National-Lottery.co.uk.

The bottom line is if you receive an email, letter or telephone call telling you of a prize from a lottery you have not entered, delete the email, destroy the letter or put the telephone down. You may want to report it to the appropriate authorities first but never act on the information you are given.

These scammers have made too much money from their victims. Let’s shut off their sources.

 

Play Lotteries Online: A New Lottery Scam In Florida

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Scams Word Crossed Out

 

A new twist on lottery scams has been reported by a local website in Florida in the USA.

A pair of confidence tricksters has approached elderly people in the areas of Brandon and Tampa. One is a young woman of Hispanic origins and the other an older bearded man.

The two approach their victims and tell them they have won a lottery payout but they need to borrow some money to cover expenses in claiming their winnings.

Incredibly the victims have given the tricksters several thousand dollars each time.

The ploy ends when the couple ask their victim to visit a store on their behalf. Not surprisingly, whilst he or she is inside the criminals disappear.

This scam is a new angle on previous versions where victims are told they have won a lottery prize but need to pay money in advance of receiving their winnings. The money is paid and nothing more is heard.

The reality is of course that no money is ever needed upfront to claim a lottery prize. Winners will already know if they have won from the wide publicity given to lottery draw winning numbers and will also have purchased a ticket or a place on a lottery syndicate.

One way to get involved is to play lotteries online and a great place to get your tickets is at the Lotter.