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British National Lottery Headquaters / is this a scam?

1 Amble, England, Northumberland, United Kingdom Review updated:

i recieved an email stating the following email and as your company is stated as the courrier service mentioned i was wondering if you could shine some light on weather this is a scam or not. Please email your responce as soon as possible as i have a poilce officer visiting my house tomorrow to look in to this matter.

EMAIL 1:

BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS:
28 TAN FIELD ROAD,
CROYDON, LONDON.
CUSTOMER SERVICE
Ref: ***********

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the final announcement of the UK National Lottery Online Promo Programme held on the 7th of February 2009. The draw was done electronically with several email addresses provided to this office by microsoft to enhance the utilization of the internet.
Your email address was attached to Reference Number ******** and was picked as one of the ten winning email addresses.
This has qualified you to claim the total cash prize Of 753, 437.00 pounds in cash credited to file *************. This is from a total cash prize of 7, 534, 370.00 pounds shared amongst the first ten (10) lucky winners in this category B.Your winnings will be issued to you as soon as our claims department verify your winning after you might have filled the payment processing form below:

Payment Processing Form for filing of claims.
1.Name in full.
2.Address in full.
3.Age.
4.Phone No.
5.Occupation
6.Winning Email Address

Assigned Claims Agent: Harry Gold
Email;uk_claimsdeptharrygold@live.com
Phone;+[protected], +[protected]

Congratulations once more from all our members of Staff.

Yours Sincerely
Sir Willson Kirsty
(Online Promo Co-ordinator)
NOTE:Reply all mails to:uk_claimsdeptharrygold@live.com

Glasgow Caledonian University is a registered Scottish charity, number SC021474

Times Higher Education award winner 2008: outstanding international student support
http://www.gcal.ac.uk/news/pressoffice/releases/241008.html


EMAIL 2:

BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS:
28 TAN FIELD ROAD,
CROYDON, LONDON.
CUSTOMER SERVICE
Ref: **************

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the final end of the year announcement of the
UK National Lottery Online Promo Programme
held on the 21st Febuary 2009. The draw was done electronically with several
email addresses provided
to this office by microsoft to enhance the utilization of the internet.
Your email address was attached to Reference Number ************ and was picked
as one of the ten winning email addresses.
This has qualified you to claim the total cash prize Of £753, 437 in
cash credited to file ***************. This is from a total cash prize of
£7, 534, 370.00 shared amongst the first ten (10) lucky winners in this category
B.

Your winnings will be issued to you as soon as our claims department
verify your winning after you might have filled the
payment processing form below.

Payment Processing Form for filing of claims.
1.Name in full.
2.Address in full.
3.Age.
4.Phone No.
5.Occupation
6.Winning Email Address

Assigned Claims Agent: Harry Gold
Email;ukclaimsdeptharry.gold@live.com
Phone;+[protected], +[protected]
Congratulations once more from all our members of
Staff.
Yours Sincerely
YVONNE SHARP
(Online Promo Co-ordinator)


Reply all mails to: ukclaimsdeptharry.gold@live.com


EMAIL 3 :

BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS:
28 TAN FIELD ROAD,

CROYDON, LONDON,
UNITED-KINGDOM.
26-02-2009
Tel: +[protected]

+[protected]





ATTN: Karen Purvis,



I want to inform you that your verification details have been received and have been processed. I must say that you should count yourself extremely lucky to have emerged as one of our lucky winners in the UK National Lottery Online Sweepstakes International Program.

As you already know, all participants for the online version were selected randomly from the World Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted from over 1, 000, 000 unions, associations and corporate bodies that are listed online and each email address was attached to a ticket number. Your email address (kattsinadreamagain@hotmail.com) attached to ticket number: ***************** with Serial number: ******** was selected which automatically makes you one of our lucky winners.



Your funds have been approved for release and we will begin the process of remittance of your prize money to you immediately you select a mode of payment from the options stipulated below:



1. You can come over to the UK National Lottery Office here in the England and pick up your winnings in cash. Be informed that you will have to make yourself available within two weeks or your funds will be reused in upcoming draws.



2. We can have your prize money wired into your private bank account from our official participating bank to any account of your choice.



3. If all the above option is inconvenient for you, kindly get back to us so that we can make arrangements for you to receive your winning cheque, certificate and other vital documents through a secured and efficient courier service.



NOTE: FOR OPTIONS 2 & 3 ALL ACCRUING CHARGES ARE DIRECTLY BEARABLE BY THE WINNER AND CANNOT BE DEDUCTED FROM YOUR WINNINGS BECAUSE YOUR CHEQUE IS PROTECTED BY A HARDCOVER INSURANCE POLICY WHICH MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANYONE TO MAKE ANY DEDUCTION OF WHATSOEVER BEFORE IT IS REMITTED TO YOU.

I await your prompt reply so that necessary steps can be taken to ensure the remittance of your winnings to you in due time.



Once more congratulations from the U.K LOTTERY FAMILY.





For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned!!!



Sincerely yours,

Harry Gold.



© Copyright [protected] The U.K. National Lottery Inc.


EMAIL 4:

BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS:
28 TAN FIELD ROAD,

CROYDON, LONDON,
UNITED-KINGDOM.
03-03-2009
Tel: +[protected]

+[protected]



ATTN: Karen Purvis,


Good day to you. In regards to your last mail to us, We have sent your cheque and other vital documents relating to your winnings to our affiliate courier company, Greyhound Express Couriers.



It is important to note that services rendered by this courier company are to be paid for by you and not the Lottery Board. Greyhound Express Couriers does operate on Pay before delivery (P.B.D) service to winners of the UK National Lottery thus they shall not commence delivery until they are paid.



They charge between 441 Pound Sterling to 805 Pound Sterling for the shipping of the UK National Lottery’ winnings. It all depends on your location and how fast you want it to be

delivered. Below are the options.



Courier Express...£805(24 hrs delivery)

Courier Regular...£599 (3-4 days delivery)

Courier Economy..£441 (6-7 days delivery)



They offer pay before delivery service ( PBD) for winners of the UK National Lottery winners. This is a result of the risk involved in delivering a parcel that contains a cheque of such a high value of money written on it.



Note that this amount cannot be deducted from your winnings because of the hard cover insurance that covered it.



See below the contact information of the administrative officer. You are advised to act accordingly.


Mr. Blake Lewis
Administrative Officer
Tel: +[protected]

+[protected]

+[protected]

Email: dispatch_greyhound@bnl-board.com



You are expected to furnish them with your telephone number and full mailing address details for delivery purpose.





Sincerely yours,

Mr. Harry Gold.

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Ka
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Comments

  • Ka
      3rd of Mar, 2009
    0 Votes

    To investigate this possible email scam so far i have:

    * I forwarded all the emails i have recieved to http://www.fraudwatchinternational.com/internetfraud/lottery_operatives.htm
    >I am currently awaiting reply.



    * I rang the number given on the emails
    > The line was realy bad, a foriegn man answered and spoke very bad english and kept telling me i had won and had to reply to the email. he did not ask me for any of my personal information nor did he ask for any winning refference numbers or codes. The only information he asked was who the 1st email was sent by.

    * I pasted and copied the link given at the bottom of the 1st email.
    > It is for a ligitimate news website but does not in any way, shape or form mention the lottery draw or any one who has been named in any of the emails sent to me.

    * I checked the address on www.192.com
    > No such address was found

    * I entered the address in to a postcode locater
    > No such postcode could be found

    * I then entered "British National lottery Head quaters" in to the search box
    > The only addresses for the national lottery found in the london area are as follows:
    - National Lottery charities board, 1 plough place, london EC4A
    - National Lottery Commition, 101 wigmore street, london, W1U

  • Rl
      3rd of Mar, 2009
    0 Votes

    THESE ARE ALL SCAMS!! The easiest way to judge if any of these are legitimate is... if you've NEVER ENTERED TO WIN the lottery they are informing you about - THEN YOU WILL NOT WIN IT!! There are literally hundreds of thousands of these scam out there. They are unscrupulous, ruthless AND VERY DANGEROUS!!! They ask for your personal information to steal your identity or scam you out of "fees" required to process your "prize" (whatever prize they may claim)

    NEVER, EVER RESPOND!!! (Even to tell them what a low-life you think they are!). This part is difficult, they are THEIVES and I've wanted so deparately to "comment" many times. I just received one today claiming to be a representative of "Christian Aid" and they actually used the link to the REAL site to make it seem legitimate! They'll clip & paste in links to legitimate websites and make up a "look-alike" return e-mail address, etc, etc etc... BUT, there is always a link somewhere in the e-mail, usually toward the end asking you to reply to ANOTHER address and send all your personal info.

    These scams you've listed, as well the hundreds of others exist today. They claim everything from an "Inheritance" they want to split with you, "Secret Shoppers" or "Work-at-Home" opportunities, ATM and Western Union "windfalls" they need you to pick up to people claiming terminal illness, loss of children or unbelievable hardship. There are even some that will send you a check to deposit in your bank up front... and the check WILL CLEAR the bank!! Until it reaches the actual bank it was written on and bounces, leaving YOU responsible to repay every last cent that you spent - or sent to scammers for "fees" - to the bank. All of these frauds prey on the compassionate and trusting part of each and every person alive. They count on the fact that we can't imagine anyone could operate at such unscrupulous and shocking levels of deceipt. They've conned people of all education and social levels. None have been exempt.

    Our best defense is passing on this information to those we know and care about, as well as taking the time to report them and doing what we CAN do.

    Below are the steps to follow (according to several officials) to report these frauds, scams and criminal attempts:

    AGAIN... DO NOT RESPOND. These are dangerous people without morals of any kind.

    1. Open e-mail and turn on "full headers". This reveals a list of all details of the origination and path of the e-mail (full header option is usually at bottom of header or end of e-mail) and helps track sources quickly, giving a better chance of catching and prosecuting.
    2. Click on "forward" and if the full header does not forward, clip & paste it in and add above the e-mail:
    "Below is a fraudulent email received 3/3/09 (actual date). Full headers have been included and subject line has not been altered."
    3. Do not change the subject line. It's important to tracking them for it to remain as it was originally sent to you.
    4.Forward the e-mail immediately to "spam@uce.gov" to report it to government agencies that log and file it for prosecution purposes.
    5. Forward to the "abuse" department of all internet service providers used in the e-mail. To do this, look for all e-mail addresses in the e-mail and locate the domain name (which is everything after the "@" symbol in each address). For instance, if the e-mail address is "joeidiot@hotmail.com" then the domain name is "hotmail.com". Just add the word "abuse" and you get "abuse@hotmail.com". or "abuse@yahoo.com" etc. THEY WILL SHUT OFF THE ACCOUNT THESE THIEVES ARE OPERATING FROM IMMEDIATELY so this is a huge way to make an immediate difference!

    Best rule of thumb is NEVER give anyone the "BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT". Unfortunately with so much of our lives accessible on-line, we have to remain overly cautious. We can NEVER send personal information of any kind to someone we don't know or click on a link within an unknown e-mail (viruses can be attached) unless we want seriously devastating consequences. If it sounds to good to be true it is!

    Got to http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org for information on just about every fraud or scam out there.

    Hope this helps - BE SAFE!! :)

  • Al
      5th of Nov, 2009
    0 Votes

    I received exactly the same mails. I'm sure that it's a fake but you're right to ask. After all, who knows...

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