"UK Lottery Program" Scam
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Sample of the "UK Lottery Program" Scam
From: Mrs. Elizabeth Allen. (Secretary) <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 10:33 AM
Subject: [BULK]UK LOTTERY PROGRAM
UK LOTTERY PROGRAM DEAR SIR/MADAM,
We are pleased to inform you about the result of our Lottery DRAWS HELD on the 19/12/2018 and announced on 02/01/2019. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 27522465896-532 with serial number 652-662 drew lucky numbers 7-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of GBP1.3Million note that. All participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 200,000 companies and 400,000,000 individual email addresses from all search engines and web sites.
This promotional program takes place every year, and is promoted and sponsored by eminent world personalities like the (SULTAN of Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc and other corporate organizations). This is to encourage the use of the internet and computers worldwide. For security purpose and clarity, (we advise that you keep your winning Information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. ) This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. We look forward to your active participation in our next year USD500 million slot. You are requested to contact our LOTTERY
Mr. Christopher Wilfred
All winnings must be claimed not later than 15/02/2019. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your WINNING NUMBERS, SERIAL numbers, and TICKET numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, if should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program. You are required to reply to this email:
firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
NOTE: YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED IF YOU ARE BELOW 18 YEARS OF AGE.
Mrs. Elizabeth Allen. (Secretary)
Once potential victims contact the lottery scammers, thinking they are contacting The UK Lottery Program, the scammers will ask them to send personal information, and subsequently ask them to send money in order to receive their so-called prizes, which the scammers will claim the money is for taxes or processing fees. They will then ask their potential victims to send the money via Western Union, MoneyGram or other money transfer services. Once the scammers have received their victims’ money, they will disappear, leaving the victim frustrated, depress, and a few hundreds or thousands of dollars broke.
The same lottery scammers may contact their victims and attempt to scam them again using the personal information the victims sent to them, or they may sell their victims’ information to other lottery scammers, who will also attempt to scam the victims.
Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.
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