I received an email stating that I had won £33 million pounds on the National Lottery.
“BONUS LOTTERY PROMOTION PRIZE AWARDS WINNING NOTIFICATION”
“Dear Lucky Winner,
We are pleased to notify you the Draw (#2092) of the NATIONAL LOTTERY, Online Sweepstakes International Lottery Program held on Saturday, 9th April, 2016”
“The result of our computer draw (#2092) which took place on Saturday, 9th April, 2016 selected email address attached to an e-ticket number 56475600545 188 with Serial number (5627635368/10) drew the lucky numbers: 26 27 46 47 52 58 (bonus no. 48), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category to the sum of £66,070,646.00 which is to be shared between two lucky winners of whom you are one”.
Now that is a genuine draw – the 9th April and the links they provide for checking it do work. But it proves nothing. Draw details are always available afterwards. And it certainly doesn’t prove I had a winning ticket in that draw.
The message goes on about how to claim the winnings.-
“There is a VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM”
This asks for full name and address, gender, age, marital status, occupation, email address, telephone number. All useful information for identity theft, which is the purpose of the scam.
The email even has the cheek to state : “Occasionally, some programs and free email providers, including Hotmail and Yahoo wrongly identify our emails as spam. If you cannot find our subsequent email in your inbox, please check the location used to store junk mail and spam messages”.
All of this is just a scam made to look as genuine as they could,
But, if you win something on a lottery you didn’t enter then it is always a scam.
Don’t be deceived.