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We’ve often issued warnings about lottery scams, but since new variants keep surfacing, we want to keep you informed so that you know what to do in case you receive an email letting you know that you’ve won millions.
Hoax Slayer has identified
two different lottery scams that purport to be sponsored by the UK National Lottery.
One of the variants reads something like this:
“The United Kingdom National Lottery in association with FIFA is pleased to announce to you today, of your winning in the release of its final draw of the International Promotions Programme of the FIFA-Brazil 2014 soccer world cup.
You were selected as a winner in a random World Wide Web computerized draw system, extracted from over (100,000 000) companies and individual email addresses worldwide. The lottery programme is aimed at promoting Brazil’s 2014 soccer world cup in June 2014.”
Another one looks something like this:
“We happily announce to you the draw (1117) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on Monday,18th december,2006 in London, UNITED-KINGDOM.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £558,077( FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY EIGHT THOUSAND, SEVENTY SEVEN POUNDS STERLINGS) incash, credited to file ktu/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of £ 3. 4 Million pounds, shared amongst the first Four (4) lucky winners in this category.”
In both cases, recipients are instructed to reply to the emails and provide their names, addresses, and other personal information.
The National Lottery is well aware of such scams and it has even published an advisory
on its official website.
Users are advised never to respond to such emails. No one ever wins anything, no matter how legitimate the notification looks.
If you provide your information to the con artists, they might utilize it for identity theft. They can also make a direct profit by tricking unsuspecting Internet users into sending them a certain amount of money that’s allegedly needed to wire them the prize money.
If you come across such emails, simply ignore them. If you’re a victim, contact Action Fraud
at 0300 123 2040 and file a report.
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|Comment #1 by: nanz on 04 Apr 2013, 22:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I received this email is it a scam?
THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited Registered Office: Tolpits Lane, Watford, Herts WD18 9RN, United Kingdom.
Batch Ref No: WDIOC/0032/11UK
File Ref No: UKNL/826374401/15
Dear treasured winner,
The United Kingdom National Lottery in association with FIFA is pleased to notify you of your winning in the release of its final draw of the
International Promotions Programme of the UK National Lottery-FIFA-Brazil 2014 soccer world cup. You were selected as a winner in a random
World Wide Web (www) computerized draw system, extracted from over (100,000 000) companies and individual email addresses worldwide.
The lottery programme is aimed at promoting Brazil’s 2014 soccer world cup in June 2014.
The results of our computer draw selected your name and email address attached to Batch Reference Number: WDIOC/0032/11UK, Ticket
Number 027-83320184 with Serial Number 503 and drawing the lucky Winning Number 61-32-95-12-82-05-41 which consequently won the
lottery grand award prize in the 2nd category draw. Therefore, you have been approved a lottery jackpot lump sum award prize winning of
£1,000,000.00 (One million pounds sterling) in cash prize credited to file Ref. No: UKNL/826374401/15. This is from the total prize of
£18,000,000.00(Eighteen million pounds sterling) shared among the eighteen international lucky winners in this category as part of the UK
National Lottery-FIFA International Promotions Programme for the fiscal year 2013.The online International Promotions Programme takes place
bi-annually via virtual computerized ticketing and draw system. It is an auto draw programme and requires no physical purchase of tickets.
Your fully insured prize is now deposited and ready for claim with our authorized finance management firm, Capital Finance Company, London.
Your prize claim will be processed and paid out to you by Capital Finance Company, London. You are advised on once and final notice, to
contact Capital Finance claims manager quoting your winning reference details, to process and receive payment of your prize after all statutory
|Comment #1.1 by: Eduard K on 05 Apr 2013, 06:10 GMT|
Yes, it is a scam. Simply ignore the email.
|Comment #1.2 by: Johnny on 04 Jul 2013, 09:33 GMT|
I have replied on this e-mail and send a scanned copy of my ID and completed the form. What should I do now to stop this?
|Comment #1.3 by: Eduard K on 04 Jul 2013, 10:31 GMT|
Stop all communications with the scammers and keep a close eye on your bank account.
|Comment #2 by: alvin on 11 Jun 2013, 14:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I'v receive those kind of email last fews day ago , its notice that I'v winning a prize of 'THE UK FIFA LOTTERY' as much of 4,800,00.00 pound ,is it a scam , and the email user still post a cheque and a certificate that look like edited V_V
|Comment #3 by: Sue on 18 Jun 2013, 23:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I live in Australia and received a text on mobile saying that my number had been selected in a 2,000,000 free lottery as a winner and to email to "email@example.com " to claim my prize. Needless to say I have not done any such thing! Can you confirm this as a scam?
|Comment #3.1 by: has on 24 Jun 2013, 15:23 GMT|
I'm from Sri Lanka . I also got the same e-mail and they said I have won £4,800,000.00 (Four Million Eight Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) .
Is this scam? Please confirm.
|Comment #4 by: aj on 26 Jun 2013, 04:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
BBC ONE NATIONAL LOTTERYWood Lane, London W12 7RJ,United Kingdom.Confirm Winning: http://www.bbc.co.uk/lottery/ Dear Lucky Winner, It is apparent that this notification will come to you as a surprise butplease find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over yoursuccess in the just concluded and official publication of results of thee- mail electronic online Sweepstakes organized by The BBC One NationalLottery in conjunction with the British Government held on Wednesday June12th 2013 here in London. A Draft of £1,263,584.00 GBP (One Million Two Hundred and Sixty ThreeThousand, Five Hundred and Eighty Four Pounds Sterling) will be issued inyour name as one of the lucky winners. It is important to note that your award was confirmed and released withthe following Winning particulars attached to it.(1) Winning No: 02 07 10 15 17 28(2) Bonus No: 24(3) Draw No: 1823 For Validation Purpose, Forward The Following Information as Listed Belowand Send to thisOffice through (Mrs. Linda Quinn):.Residential address:.Tel(Mobile):.Nationality/Country:.Full Names:.Age/Sex:.Occupation/Position: CLICK REPLY AND SEND DETAILS FOR VALIDATION TO (Mrs. Linda Quinn).Sincerely,Mr. Dale Winton.Lottery Presenter General,BBC One National Lotto.
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|Comment #5 by: APC on 04 Jul 2013, 21:15 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Interesting that it passed through the Gmail spam filter..
|Comment #5.1 by: jawed on 20 Sep 2013, 11:20 GMT|
ireFrom: UK National Lottery
Sent: Thursday, 12 September 2013 7:38 PM
Subject: Congratulation: You have won £500,000.00
Dear Lucky Winner,
We happily announce to you the result of the UK National lottery draws held on Sat, September 7, 2013 - Atlantic 6/49in Essex, United Kingdom.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: B4846 7560 with serial number 148560 drew the winning numbers 1/5/6/31/32/35 Bonus 41. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING) in cash credited to file EAAL/9090118308/2010. To file for your claim, please contact our corresponding claim agent via following details.
Contact information is as follow:
Name; Steven Williams
TEL: +44 (0) 702 406 5890
+44 (0) 702 409 8797
***Due to possible mix up of some numbers and email contacts, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by some participants of this program.***
Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this promotional lottery program.
Ms. Ban Tin.
cd this e-mail for the 7th Sep,13 as well as 13th Sept draw which wer identical
|Comment #6 by: JA on 30 Sep 2013, 07:44 UTC|| reply to this comment|
21 Lavender Gardens,
London, SW11 1DJ
Reference Number : iPL968
Dear iPhone Selected Lotto Winner,
Good to hear from you regarding the iPhone Selected Mobile Lotto® UK Promo. My names are Mr. Owen Jose. I am the iPhone Selected Lotto® UK Fiduciary claims officer assigned to winners on the Mobile sweepstakes. In line with the commemorating event marking our annual promotions, we rolled out this mobile promo for our 46th Anniversary Draws. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 company mobile numbers, and 30,000,000 individual mobile numbers from mobile networks from Australia, Middle East,Canada, North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually in Britain, London.
We officially congratulate you as the beneficiary of the cash prize of £990,000.00 GBP (Nine Hundred & Ninety Thousand Great Britain pounds )
We have received your claims email for your iPhone Selected Lotto® UK winnings, based on this, your Prize Winnings shall be remitted to you accordingly. This promotion is approved by the British Gaming Board and also licensed by the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This promo is the 1st of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public about iPhone Selected Lotto® UK. I must say that you should count yourself extremely lucky to have emerged as one of our (15) lucky winners
The process for claiming your winnings has been made very simple so that within 3-4 business days, we are assured of having your cash prize of £990,000.00 GBP received by you. In the light of the above mentioned, you are to Contact our Affiliate Delivery Department below for further instructions on how to deliver your Winnings Cheque of £990,000.00 GBP to you, we have sanitized all Winnings Mobile Numbers to claim their winnings via our Affiliate Delivery department with the details below. The documents to be sent to you by the courier delivery Diplomat are WINNINGS CHEQUE AND CLEAR SOURCE OF FUNDS CERTIFICATES (C.S.F.C.) which we have already signed and sealed, and cannot be accessed until it has been delivered to you.
CONTACT THE MIDWAY EXPRESS COURIER SERVICE BELOW TO DELIVER YOUR PARCEL TO YOU
Midway Express Courier
23 Charlotte Street,
London W1T 2NU
Handling Officer: Mr. Santos Dave
Fax: +44 700 601 1169
You are to contact the Courier Agency via their email above with your full names/Age/Occupation/Winning Mobile & alternative Mobile number. Also Quote your Reference no: iPL968 with them on each correspondence. Once again congratulations on your winnings
Mr. Owen Jose
Copyright ©2013 iPhone Selected Lotto® UK . All rights reserved
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|Comment #7 by: sss on 21 Nov 2013, 07:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I'm from Sri Lanka . I also got the same e-mail and they said I have won £1,8000,000.00 (Eighteen Million Pounds Sterling) .
Is this scam? Please confirm.
|Comment #8 by: Angelique on 21 Nov 2013, 12:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thanks for this information.
I am from South Africa and have received a similar sms today:
"Congratulations!!! Your cell phone no has won 1,500.000.000 Pounds from FIFA Lottery Ref no. SA.5536GUK, cal Alfred Baloyi on 0784736039 T&C apply."
Please keep on reporting scams.
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