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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec 2005 00:40    Post subject: Lotto scam? Reply with quote

How do I know If this is or is not a scam
www.national-lottery.co.uk


From: "RICHARD Llyords" <info_nationallotterycentre2@msn.com> Add to Address Book Add Mobile Alert
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION!!!
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 23:11:44 +0100

UK NATIONAL LOTTERY

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)
+447031841490
(8am-6pm)uk GMT TIME1
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369


WINNING NOTIFICATION:

We happily announce to you the draw (1038) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday ,3rd December, 2005 in Liverpool, UNITED-KINGDOM.
Your e-mail address attached to Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers,
2 xx xxx xxx xxx xxx
( Bonus Ball)

which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 6. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
815,430( EIGTH HUNDRED, FIFTEEN THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY POUND STERLINGS) in cash, credited to file ktu/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of 16,005,360 Thousand Pounds, shared amongst the first Four (4) lucky winners in this category.
All participants for this online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system (AMETHYST)and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly.
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 815,430( EIGTH HUNDRED, FIFTEEN THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY POUND STERLINGS) will be released to you by any of our payment offices 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 claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to receive your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned!!
To begin your claims,attached here is the claim Verification form, which you are expected to fill and submit back to your fiduciary agent immediately via e-mail.
MR.BARNES SMITH
(FIDUCIARY AGENT).
EMAIL: nationalclaimsunit@walla.com
barnesfudicairyunit1@yahoo.co.uk
(Form HLP)
REFERENCE NUMBER: UK/9420X2/68
FULL NAME...............................................
COMPANY NAME: .......................................
FULL ADDRESS:...........................................
SEX:.................................
AGE...............................
OCCUPATION.........................
TEL.......................FAX................ (If any)
COUNTRY................................
NEXT OF KIN................................
E-MAIL.................................
HAVE YOU A PASSPORT OR LICENCE.............(identification on delivery)


INDICATE PREFERRED MODE OF PRIZE COLLECTION:
(A) CHEQUE

(B) DRAFT

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/ INDIVIDUAL:
.............................................................
.............................................................
............................................................
____________________________ ____________________________
Date. Signature.
Congratulations once again from all members and staff of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery programs. you can confirm your results and draws with the below link.
http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/results/winCheck/winCheckerStart.do

Yours faithfully,
Richard K. Lloyd.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program







CONFIDENTIAL NOTICE: This email message, including any attachments, is intended only for the use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and prohibited from unauthorized disclosure under applicable law. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, any dissemination, distribution or copying of this message is strictly prohibited. If you received this message in error, please notify the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.



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Captain Igloo
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec 2005 02:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi and welcome here!

While the webpage they quote ( http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/ ) is the real website of the national lottery, the rest of this lettter is definitely a scam.

A sure giveaway is that

a) a legit lottery wouldn't use free email addresses (msn.com, walla.com yahoo.com)

b) they wouldn't use a mobile phone as their primary numer

c) you can't win a lottery you didn't buy a ticket for
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gcssteve
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec 2005 03:03    Post subject: scam Reply with quote

Although Captn Igloo is absolutely correct.
That phone number is a UK redirect service and probably redirects to
a Nigerian cell phone. This service is notorious among 419 scammers
not official websites
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec 2005 09:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right, my fault. I've recently seen exactly the same format with a +44-79... number and just copied my old answer.
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M_Saeed_Al_Sahhaf
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PostPosted: Tue 13 Dec 2005 23:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apart from anything else, the only way to win a lottery is to buy a ticket. Also it is illegal for any lottery in Europe to charge a fee for processing winnings in a lottery.
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