"Maryland Lottery Online Ballot" Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam

The email message below, which claims that the recipients are lottery winners of the Maryland Lottery Email Address Free-ticket draws of the 2016 Promotion Award, is a lottery scam. Every month, thousands of those email messages are sent out by lottery scammers, to trick their potential victims into sending them their personal information and money, to collect so-called lottery prizes. Always remember to verify the authenticity of a Maryland Lottery prize or award by contacting them at their website at www.mdlottery.com. Also, never respond to an email message claiming that you are a lottery winner with your personal or financial information. Legitimate lottery companies do not request personal or financial information via email message, and will never ask winners to send money or financial information in order to collect their prizes.

Maryland Lottery Online Ballot Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam

Here are some tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim of Maryland lottery scams:

  • NEVER give your credit card numbers over the phone to anyone promising Maryland Lottery cash prizes or memberships.
  • NEVER accept a collect phone call from someone claiming to be a Maryland Lottery official.
  • NEVER respond to a letter or phone call from someone who offers you a guarantee of winning a prize. The Maryland Lottery does not guarantee you a prize, only a chance of winning if you buy a legal ticket.

The Maryland Lottery Email Address Free-Ticket Scam

1 4451 Parliament Place Building #26 — Suite H Lanham, MD 20706

Attention; Email Holder Congratulations!!

Are you the correct owner of this email ID? If yes, then be glad today as the result of the Maryland Lottery Online Ballot and email addresses free-ticket draws of the 2016 Promotion Award has been released and we are pleased to announce to you your email address came out in the first category and entitles you to claim the sum of US$800,000.00.

It is a promotional Program to encourage the use of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Internet Programs. Your email address was entered for the online draw on this free ticket Number: B556075456152 with reference number SAJA2C and Serial number SA5365/3, batch Number: XA87-2PY Drew the lucky numbers: 08-01-29-38-41-18 - Bonus 06. This subseq won you the lottery in the 15' category i.e. matches 6 lucky numbers Plus Bonus number.

You have been allocated to claim the total sum of US$800,000.00 (Eight Hundred Thousand, United States Dollars)

Please note that your lucky winning ticket number falls within our African booklet representative office in South Africa as Indicated in your ballot played coupon in view of this, your US$800,000.00 would be released to you by our payment department

Kindly provide following information directly;

1. Full Name: (2. Email Address: (3. Physical Address (4. Age/Occupation: (5. Reference Number/Ticket Number: 2. (6 Telephone Number: (7. Country: (8. Batch number

Contact our Fiduciary agents immediately to commence release of your lottery prize by providing details below;

Contact Person: Mrs. Nora Cambell Direct Contact Tel. +27-61-898-6502 E-mail: noracambell@promotionclaim.net

Please contact our agent direct on given number above for your claim thanks Sincerely, Mrs. Janice Ramirez

Controller General Copyright (c) 1998-2015 the US Lottery International Promotion Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Service —Guide fine 77635 476378 255667460.

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November 25, 2017 at 3:21 AM by
"Maryland Lottery Online Ballot" Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam
an anonymous user from: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I have receive similar email from US.


March 13, 2017 at 2:18 AM by
"Maryland Lottery Online Ballot" Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam
an anonymous user from: Renens, Vaud, Switzerland

I have receive similar from Michigan lottery. What should I do?


March 13, 2017 at 2:24 AM by
"Maryland Lottery Online Ballot" Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam

Just delete it and do not follow the instructions in it.


February 20, 2017 at 11:07 AM by
"Maryland Lottery Online Ballot" Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam
an anonymous user from: Havana, Cuba

All this happened to me, in the same way, even "MPhilo Dlamini" sent me a form in which I had to give him the personal account information in the bank, looking for the veracity of the names and their relationship with the FNB of South Africa, I found this warning from you, and I'm done with all my research right now.

Thank you for denouncing these criminal acts publicly, I do not doubt that someone has already fallen into the tangle.



September 30, 2016 at 10:40 AM by
"Maryland Lottery Online Ballot" Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam
an anonymous user from: Houston, Texas, United States

I got this email that's just above from Maryland lottery that says Noracambel and to claim my prize by contacting agent Janice Ramirez.. is this a scam that claims I won $800.000.00.


September 30, 2016 at 11:13 AM by
"Maryland Lottery Online Ballot" Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam

It is a lottery scam. A lot of online users are receiving the same email message.


September 28, 2016 at 3:35 AM by
"Maryland Lottery Online Ballot" Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam
an anonymous user

Here is a something that sounds a little fishy to me. A Facebook lady name Kimberly Welsh or Welch telling that she works for Facebook and was told to let me know I was the Winner of 500,000 USD and offer me three way of getting paid, cash, check or ATM card, which I had to pay up front even 500-700$ before getting paid. H**l I got the certificate she put on the messages thing that I saved to my photos but then when I told her I didn't have no way to pay that; she deleted all the part she wrote to me so I believe this is some what you aall are dealing with.


September 12, 2016 at 8:03 AM by
"Maryland Lottery Online Ballot" Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam
an anonymous user from: Al Jubail, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia

They also send me these type of scam lottery win claim. But I checked their email from here and I get that they are a fraud. So thanks for saving me.


September 8, 2016 at 8:25 AM by
"Maryland Lottery Online Ballot" Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam
an anonymous user from: Rennes, Brittany, France


I received this email after having responded to the first email:

- start of email -


I write to acknowledge the receipt of your email massage, the authenticity of your winning has been confirmed by this office, your winning information has been received and has been checked in to our dominant system/database and we confirmed that you are the rightful winner of this promotion. Once again Congratulation!

Kindly be informed that due to mix up names, you will receive your winning prize of $800,000.00 USD through our official paying bank, First National Bank of South Africa.

Your winning prize has been deposited with the First National Bank with an Escrow Account Numbers (913-3380-1139-1) under International Transfers Department. And your Winning Prize has been insured in your name to the real value and as such, nobody has the right to tamper or make any deduction from your prize. Therefore, you have been advice to contact the person in charge under International Transfers Department urgently for details regarding on how your winning sum will be transfer into your account.

Below is his contact information;

Contact Person: MR. MPHILO DLAMINI

Email: mphilo.dlamini@fnbforex.za.com

Office Line: 27-11-066-4505

Endeavor to contact him urgently on how your money will be transfer into your account and always keep your winning references confidential until your winning prize has been successfully transferred to you, this is for security reasons and to avoid dual claim as the case may be.

Please contact the paying bank immediately.

Yours faithfully


Claim Agent"


September 19, 2016 at 4:19 AM by
"Maryland Lottery Online Ballot" Free-Ticket 2016 Promotion Award Scam
an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

Why are you responding? Unless you're a 419 baiter, you're crazy.


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