An "El Gordo Lotto-Draws" Lottery Scam
From: El Gordo Lotto-draws
You have been selected (your email address) as one of the lucky winners in the last World Biggest El Gordo Email Lotto-draws.
Contact Mr. Liu Wang with through the email or phone number stated below to receive your prize fund payment.
If you have any question, reply for more clarification.
Once more congratulation!
El Gordo Lotto-draws
How to Identify a Scam
In order to help you identify a potential scam, we've created a list of points and techniques which are commonly used by scammers. If you spot one of these when you are being contacted about a potential win, it's likely that you are dealing with a scam:
- You received the email from a free webmail address (@hotmail.com, @outlook.com, @yahoo.com, @gmail.com, etc.) or from any address not associated with the official website domain.
- The notification does not address you personally but instead starts with something vague like 'Dear Winner'.
- Scam letters frequently come on photocopied letterhead which looks official but is of poor quality. Some will include a genuine business address in an attempt to convince you of its legitimacy. The scammers hope that the recipient will make contact via email or telephone rather than post.
- It's quite common in scams to provide a very strict time limit to claim the 'prize'. This is designed to put you under pressure. Note that if you win a real prize in the El Gordo lotteries, you have plenty of time to claim your prize.
- Any notification which insists on confidentiality, is usually a scam. Most lotteries will want publicity and will strongly recommend you get financial advice - they wouldn't try and deter you from doing so.
- Poor grammar and spelling are usually a good indication that the notification you have received is a scam.
What to do if you think you have received a Scam
If you receive a letter or email which claims that you have won an El Gordo prize and you suspect it may be a scam:
- NEVER send money.
- NEVER click on any links in suspicious looking emails.
- NEVER reply to a suspicious email or letter.
- NEVER provide any personal or financial information.
- IF you already replied, don't make any further contact and notify law enforcement.
- IF you did provide financial details, contact your bank immediately.
- REPORT the incident to the relevant law enforcement agency in your country.
Whilst law enforcement agencies around the globe are doing their best to identify lottery scams, the best way to avoid becoming a victim of this common scam is to be aware of them. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!