The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam

The email message below which claims the recipients are winners in the United Nations International Lottery is a scam or a fake. As a matter of fact, there is no United Nations International lottery. Therefore, recipients of similar messages claiming they are winners in some so-called United Nations International lottery should never respond to the fraudulent email messages with their personal information or financial information, and should never send money to the lottery scammers.

The United Nations International Lottery is a Scam

And, do not be fooled by fake "United Nations International Lottery" winning certificates and remember, once you are asked to send personal information or money in order to claim a lottery prize, it is a scam.

The "United Nations International Lottery" Scam

Attention: Winner

CONGRATULATIONS! This is to inform you that you have been verified a winner of the UNITED NATIONS LOTTERY International program. I am happy to inform you that i have forwarded your Original Certificate and your Certified bank cheque to the courier company. Find below the details of the courier company. You have to send them your full name and your phone number and nationality with address.

ARIES Express Courier Services

Global Headquarters

40 Rouen Road,

Norwich, NR1 1RB,

United Kingdom.


Mr. James Durward (dispatch officer)


Aries Courier Services.



TEL:(+44) 753 718 2933

You are advised to send the courier company a mail to their email address for their courier cost of delivering your winning prize to the payment center. When contacting them,you are to include this order number as your subject.Please you are advised to write down the order number and save it.


UN ORDER NUMBER: UK661722/2017

Note: you are to Quote your complete names,Ref/Batch Numbers and your direct phone number so that they can honor your letter also do keep me updated with your communications with the courier company and also forward your winning certificate to the courier company.

Once again i say congratulations and always inform me with your dealings with the courier company.


Warm Regards,

Mrs Felicia Philip

Operation Manager



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October 6, 2019 at 8:16 PM by
The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam
an anonymous user from: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I have lost 3000 dollars to United nations scam; they rob aged pensioners


March 25, 2019 at 6:58 AM by
The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam
an anonymous user from: Kampala, Central Region, Uganda

I have received such a fake message.However, with the guidance I have received I won't be fooled.Thanks and kind regards.


December 31, 2018 at 6:13 AM by
The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam

Here is another scam:

"From: Tobias Mueller <>

Sent: Friday, December 28, 2018 2:14 PM

Subject: Reply Immediately


Dear Beneficiary

Your email address has been selected to receive $3,000,000,00 from the United Nations, please contact Mr.Jürgen Bergmann Immediately for more informations about this message. Contact him through the below email address.

Contact Person: Jürgen Bergmann

Contact Email:


Tobias Mueller"


July 24, 2018 at 4:25 PM by
The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam
an anonymous user from: San Bernardino, California, United States

This is what I received:




Registered Office: Rue AcI Port 133 Hippodrone,


Ref Payment No: 689076534MM.

Batch Number: MML-2854000001I452FB.


Dear winner,

The message you received is from our admin,trying to notify you that you are one of our winners in this year online promotion which is conducted by UNITED NATIONS. And your profile was chose by our online ballot computer through a simple random sampling techniques,no ticket was sold,it is strictly on sampling of accounts by our ballot computer. The aim of this promotion,is to reduce poverty all over the world by affecting lifes through this means and also enhancing human relationship. Send the ID card for verification at the payment bank.



Is this a scam?


July 24, 2018 at 4:36 PM by
The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam

Yes, it is a scam.


May 24, 2018 at 10:46 AM by
The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam
an anonymous user from: Gazaria, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Here is another scam:

"Congratulations Dear Valued Customer:

I want to assure you 100% that this transaction is not a scam and there is no risk involved because we shall guide you accordingly until you receive your payment. However, the payment of $12.4 million was awarded and approved in your name by the United Nations. This payment is a United Nation Lottery Award Promo, your name was selected among fifty other names in the lottery award draw. Right now, this payment is currently with us here in Sun Trust Bank.

As you may know, we have programmed this payment through ATM MasterCard in your favor, bear in mind that the original copies of your ATM Cards will be delivered to your address through our courier service. We will also issue you a Four Digit Pin Number for you to access and withdraw money from your account once the cards are delivered to you. You can only withdraw a maximum of $7000, in a day at any ATM Machine close to you.

To this effect, you are advised to send us your full name, address, your cell phone number and a copy of your driver's license for identification. As soon as we receive these information from you, we shall conclude delivery arrangement with our courier service to enable them dispatch the package to your address within 24 hours without anymore delay.

Thank you for choosing Sun Trust Bank."


April 17, 2018 at 6:23 AM by
The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam
an anonymous user from: Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa

I recieved this message yesterday 16/0418..I reply to that e-mail address:


Then today I recieved this e-mail:

"Attention. SIR/MADAM.

Thanks for your response well noted.

Please note that the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Pretoria is promoting the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) by running a PHONE AND ESSAY COMPETITION for all People living in South Africa. The new development goals present an unprecedented opportunity to bring countries and citizens of the world together to embark on a new development agenda to improve the lives of people everywhere and to alleviate poverty around the globe. It is time to share your story.

Ref: Confirmation of £250.000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand British Pounds Sterling Only) EQUIVALENT OF R4,382.091.202 ZAR. (Four Million, Three Hundred and Eight Two Thousand, Ninety One and Two Hundred and Two Cents..)

Attn Sir/Madam.

NOTE; Your Mobile Number is one of the Lucky Numbers that won the United Nation Lottery Draw in collaborations with Bill Gates Foundation which was selected Randomly and that makes you one of the winners. This selection was Randomly Selected by United Nation in London in collaborations with Bill Gates Foundation (US) and many part of the word are involved, and to avoid dual claiming, you are carefully requested to supply the below details for our verification process as you are one of the lucky winners and upon receipt of the below details, we shall proceed to inform you how you will receive the Won amount of £ 250,000.00 British Pounds Sterling Only.

Please send us your information's as listed below so that we can use it to process your winning amount at once.

Name (in Full):



Direct Telephone.





Mrs. Helen Patrick.

Fiduciary Agent.."


March 23, 2018 at 10:18 AM by
The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam
an anonymous user from: Monrovia, Montserrado, Liberia

I just received a similar email.


February 5, 2018 at 6:40 AM by
The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam
an anonymous user from: Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Dear Sir, it is nice that you can publicize all scams but this will not prevent those scammers to go on and on since it is easy and quick to get another email account if the one their are using it is blocked.

The solution is to go get those people since now the technology help us and put a 30 pounds stone ball attached to their feet and puttem to work in keeping the streets clean and only giving them bread and water for a year time.

That is a year time for each time they get caught and of course they will be under armed surveillance during their work like in the old times.


February 5, 2018 at 7:28 AM by
The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam

Remember, most of the scammers are operating in countries where it is difficult to locate them.

With wireless technology everywhere, it is very hard to locate cybercriminals. This is because they can operate from anywhere for a few minutes and quickly move to another location before they can be apprehended.


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The "United Nations International Lottery" is a Scam