Lottery/Sweepstakes Fraud

 

Winning Lottery Letter Scam: How It Works

(with video below) This is the most common scam email that people receive. It can also come through the regular mail as a letter. The recipients are informed that they have won millions of dollars at some lottery.

Some of the most used names are: International Postcode Lottery, People Postcode Lottery, Gmail Lottery, Microsoft Lottery, Coca-Cola Lottery, Spanish Lottery, Dream Lottery, Reader's Digest Lottery or Publishers Clearing House. The victims are given "confirmation" numbers, just so the winnings look official. How does the scam work

Watch the video below to see in action how the Lottery/Sweepstakes scam works.

Lottery Scam in the News Video

The letter starts with the classic: "We are delighted to inform you of the results of the lottery" then procedes to inform you that some winning names and numbers were released and yours is amongst them.

 

"Lottery Designed To Promote 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games"

The letter claims that the program was designed to promote the 2018 FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. To claim your winnings you are invited to contact an agent (such as "Michael Dean" from Westpac Financial Consultants, but don't be fooled – the names could be changed in any letter), who will ask you for some "minor taxes" in order to release the money.

Here is a picture of the latest letter going around:

 

But that's not all.

 

Here Is A Different Variation of the Lottery Scam

In a different variation of the scam, crooks claim they are winners of the lottery and are looking to donate the proceeds.

The email going around looks like the one below, geographically targeted for where you are:

"This is a personal mail directed to you. My wife and I won 148.6 million Euro in the 2015 Euro Millions jackpot and have voluntarily decided to donate one million dollar to few credible people from our winnings to enable them start a charity project. This will be of great importance to the society.

You can verify our winnings by visiting the web pages below. (followed by fake links)

Yours Sincerely,

Gillian & Adrian Bayford"

The way the scam works is: in order to get your money, you are required to pay a certain fee, such as 5% from the whole amount. This is considered to be a processing fee or governmental fee that all the winners have to pay.

 

Winning Lottery Letter Scam: How It Works

You can never win a lottery without participating. Don't believe that somebody else might have put your name in the draw. You might also notice that the notifications always refer to you as "Dear Winner", but never "Dear John" (or whatever your name is).

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How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here


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Paulinho

I got one claiming to be from the Arsenal Football Club – soccer in England. Check it out: Arsenal FC Lotto FoundationLotto Network C/O MyLotto24 Ltd20-22 Bedford RowLondon WC1R 4JS UK. VAT No: 992702593 Dear Sir/Madam, We the Arsenal Football Club are pleased to inform you about the announcement made today at the ARSENAL LOTTO HEADQUARTERS you have won a prize money of Two Million, three hundred and fifty thousand Great Britain pounds (£2,350,000.00 GBP) in cash as one of the third category winners for the random International E-mail Draw which is Organized by the Arsenal Lotto through random selection… Read more »

Glenda

I was one of these that Janson Jackson got me for 960.00 said I won car and 1.5 million. Then he wanted another 750.00 to delivery may car and money he didn’t know he had to pay a fee to get to Indiana. I didn’t give him any more money and he kept calling telling he need to get package deliver as soon as possible . This started in January and he still calling me for more money. So please if anyone is reading this story please do not send them no money. They scam me for 960.00 western union… Read more »

David

I just got the following e-mail, watch out for this name!

Från: Markus Winberg
Skickat: den 22 maj 2013 15:02
Till: Markus Winberg
Ämne: NEWS

My wife Violet and I Allen Large won 11.3M USD in a lottery 6-49 in July, 2010 and we have decided to donate the sum of 2M USD to you.

Contact us via our personal email for more details (allenvioletlarge008@hotmail.com) You can verify our story by visiting the web page below.

[fake link from CTV]

Co-ordinator: Christine Farrell

Mary

Here is another one: Attn: Beneficiary, The United States of America Co-operation Management in Conjunction with United Nation Worldwide are pleased to inform you that you are Among the 10 Winners of our Annual Year Lotto Lottery Conducted in the United Sates of America held on 27th of June 2013. Your Email Address Email was Attached to with Serial Number S/N-00221 and Consequently Won in the First Lucky 10 Winner’s Lottery Category. You are therefore been Approved to claim the Sum of Usd$5,000.000.00 only (Five Million United States Dollars) only payable in wire Transfer from Jp Morgan Chase Bank New… Read more »

Sammy

Got this one scam from the Bingo Lottery :))) From: Bingo Lottery To: (my address) Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2013 4:56 PM Subject: Re: Bingo Lottery I need you to confirm to me that i have your address and information correctly before i go ahead in sending your winning check to you and check in with your name on the scan of your check that was sent to you in the attachment before we go ahead to send it. Please confirm to me that i have your particulars correctly before i go ahead in sending your check out to you.… Read more »

black bird

For my unfortunate luck of being a jerk, I fell victim to such a scam that was in the name of "Google UK". That was a "Sweepstaking Notification". But at that time, I just have never heard about scams like that before done via the internet. I live in the Middle East and I just didn’t happen to know about scams occuring in Europe and the U.S. Only after I had been scamed via the e-mail, I came to read numerous material about e-scams, and that is how I became to be aware of such things.

Alfred

Early last year, I donated money to a certain charity on cancer treatment for children. Then came the Wounded/paralyzed/Hospitalized Soldiers Warriors, etc,etc and now my mailboxis full of junk mail everyday, all about …."you won $1M, $7 thousand a week for life, $12T lump sum or monthly installment, etc. There’s "no purchase necessary, gift won’t improve your chance of winning, but make a check payable to ….. as a gift." I sent a dollar, cash, then came a "sign" that my donation was received, you sign to confirm (ask money for processing), then comes another letter saying "it’s your deadline… Read more »

Donna D Taylor

RE: FACEBOOK HEAD OFFICE? Dyan Taylor 4/25/14 Keep this message at the top of your inbox To: facebook group d_dyan@live.com I choose check delivery! Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 01:36:27 +0100 Subject: Re: FACEBOOK HEAD OFFICE From: onlinefacebookprogs12@gmail.com To: d_dyan@live.com Inline image 4 FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY FROM: THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT. INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD. CATEGORY: 2ND Attn: DYAN TAYLOR Congratulations once again and thanks for your quick response. We need to let you know that this Annual Lottery Draws is 100% real and legal. The draws was initiated by the by CEO of Face Book in the person… Read more »

Jennifer Henderson

I had Claren Marris told me last night. She was one the FB agent. She said i won $100,000 in lottery. I like to know that’s true or not.

Elwyn

I got an inbox from my mums sister stating that she won 50,000 cash delivered by FedEx courier van from International Freedom Lottery,she said that my name was on the list and i was elibible to claim my cash prize, so i was advised to add this person MAREE LIENERT that was suppose to be the "Senior coordinator for Facebook Freedom Lottery" she would advice me in what to do in claiming my Funds, so i did as she asked of me and suffered the consiqences at the end as after i had paid the fees of $3,700 to receive… Read more »

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