Cyber-criminals Utilizing 35m Pounds Winner to Run Lottery E-Mail Fraud
British National Lottery operator Camelot is cautioning everyone to remain vigilant of fake e-mails and not believe what they say about a windfall the recipient has won in a lottery game. Apparently, there's a photo, included in the fake e-mails, of the Royal Mail worker Angela Kelly, who's also a single mother and the largest-ever lottery champion in Britain having won a startling 35m pounds back in 2007. Thesun.co.uk published this in news on March 10, 2011.
Moreover, in the e-mails, the scammers try to sound convincing so they've included verifiable truths into them. Frequently, an attachment with a picture is added that fakes a the blue-colored logo of National Lottery depicting "crossed fingers," the lottery balls of the website for certain lottery shuffle, or a scanned image showing a check of the supposed winning amount alternatively a certificate confirming the win.
Further, the scammers describe themselves as some Mercy Martins, pleading recipients to dispatch personal information to the sender's address for making their so-called win's collection possible. In addition, the fake Yahoo Mail Lottery instructs recipients for dispatching the individual photocopies of their passport to South Africa alternatively motor-driving license.
Meanwhile, according to the security researchers, during 2007 also, there was report from consumerfraudreporting.org that some crooks claiming names as Mrs. Dianne Thompson and Mr. Fred Martin masqueraded bogus lottery winning notices to appear as originating from Camelot. The sole hazards though are No lottery along with Camelot that announces winners. Also, there's nothing like a "non-priced United Kingdom lottery draw" and even suppose there's one, it would not have arrived through Yahoo or Hotmail accounts, the free e-mail services.
Stated a Camelot spokesperson, the company didn't e-mail players their winning amounts nor did it request for information. Therefore, any message that requested for money or information from the recipient for handing over a prize required being regarded with utter vigilance, the spokesperson cautioned. Thesun.co.uk reported this on March 10, 2011.
Importantly, even Camelot no longer notifies a prize win to the person concerned through e-mail. Therefore, it's recommended that people should overlook such e-mails before wiping them off permanently.
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