Outline Email purporting to be from Buckingham Palace claims that the recipient has been randomly selected as the winner of a substantial sum of money in a charitable promotion organized by Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.
The email is not from Buckingham Palace and has no connection whatsoever to Prince William or his new wife Catherine. There is no prize. In fact, the message is a scam designed to trick recipients into sending money and personal information to Internet criminals.
Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have created a charitable gift fund to help celebrate their wedding. The
fund will focus on assisting charities which support the five causes chosen by the couple. These causes are close to
their hearts and reflect the experiences, passions and values of their lives so far. Having been touched by the
goodwill shown to them since their engagement, we wish to inform you that you are the lucky grand prize winner of
(£1, 000, 000. 00 GBP) in this years Worldwide Galore Promotion (WGP).
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our Computerized Email Selection System (C.E.S.S.)
from a database of over a million email addresses from the worldwide web. Each email address was attached to a ticket
number and your email address with ticket number: 5647600545188 and serial number: PWCM/29042011 was randomly
selected as the star prize winner amongst other consolation prizes.
To claim your prize and also to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please do contact one of the affiliated
accredited attorneys, whose details appear below for immediate attention on how to redeem your prize money, if you
are not UK resident.
J A Forrest & Sify Attorneys
10B Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster
London SW1W 0QP.
Please be warned; do not give out your banking details, credit card info or social security numbers. Failure to
process your prize money in not less than two (2) weeks of receiving this letter will automatically result to
cancellation of the prize money.
This promotional program was endorsed by Buckingham Palace.
PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION: This electronic transmission, and any documents attached hereto, may contain confidential and/or legally privileged
information. If you have received this message in error please contact the sender immediately. The winning email address has been programmed in our systems for security reasons in
order to avert double claims. Any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of the contents or information received in error is strictly prohibited.
According to this message, which claims to be from none other than world-famous home of the royals Buckingham Palace, the lucky recipient has won the princely sum of one million pounds in this year's "Worldwide Galore Promotion". The message claims that the money comes from a charitable gift fund created by Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton to help celebrate their wedding. Supposedly, the recipient's email address was selected as the winner via a "Computerized Email Selection System (C.E.S.S.)" comprised of a "database of over a million email addresses from the worldwide web". The winner is urged to contact the "affiliated accredited attorney" listed in the message in order to redeem the prize.
However, the email is certainly not from Buckingham Palace and has no connection whatsoever to Prince William or Princess Catherine. And the promised prize does not exist. In fact, the message is a typical advance fee scam designed to trick people into sending money and personal information to Internet criminals. Those who fall for the ruse and contact the "attorney" to claim their prize will soon be asked to pay upfront fees that are supposedly required to allow the release of the "prize money". The scammers will claim that such fees are necessary to cover unavoidable expenses such as insurance premiums, tax obligations or banking and legal costs. The scammers will insist that, for legal reasons, these fees must be paid in advance and cannot be deducted from the prize money itself. If a victim is tricked into paying the first of these requested fees, the scammers will send further requests for money until the victim finally realizes that he or she is being conned or runs out of money to send. Typically, the scammers will request that all money is sent as cash via a money transfer system such as Western Union. All money sent will be pocketed by the criminals running the scam and the victim is very unlikely to ever receive any of the money back. And, of course, the victim will never receive the promised prize, which never existed to begin with.
Moreover, during the course of the scam, the canny criminals may trick their victim into disclosing a large amount of personal and financial information. Enough perhaps to allow them to steal their victim's identity as well as his or her money.
Such lottery or prize advanced fee scams are very common and continue to gain new victims all around the world every day. Any message that claims that you have won a substantial sum of money or a valuable prize in a lottery or promotion that you have never even entered should be treated with suspicion. No genuine lottery prize promotion is ever likely to conduct business in such a manner. Advance fee scammers often use the names of famous people or organizations as a means of making their lies seem a little more believable. In this case, the scammers have capitalized on the interest and excitement caused by the engagement and recent marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.