Outline Message purporting to be from organizers at UEFA EURO 2012 claims that the recipient has won a million pounds in an email address draw performed at UEFA headquarters.
The message is a scam designed to trick recipients into sending money and personal information to cybercriminals. There is no prize. The scammers have used legitimate information about the UEFA EURO 2012 ticket distribution system to make their false claims seem more believable.
A super computer at UEFA headquarters has been picking through the 12,149,425 UEFA EURO 2012 ticket requests to decide, at random, who receives them. Ticket sales for the event, which runs from 8 June 2012 to 1 July 2012, took place last month and an average of 400,000 a day were requested an unprecedented number. With applications from no fewer than 206 countries worldwide, the demand for the various types of ticket available for UEFA EURO 2012 exceeded supply for all matches of the final tournament. An excess of Five Million British Pounds Sterling was made.
Under the close monitor of experienced notaries, an email draw was held to give out the excess Five Million British Pounds Sterling (GBP). Emails of people from the countries with most sales were used for the draw and your email came out as one of the five lucky emails that won One Million British Pounds Sterling (GBP) each. For claims, kindly contact:
[Contact details removed]
UEFA EURO 2012.
This email, which purports to be from Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) EURO 2012 , claims that the recipient has won the princely sum of one million pounds in a recent draw based on the random selection of his or her email address. According to the message, UEFA made an "excess" of five million pounds via ticket sales and therefore decided to give away this excess to the owners of five "lucky" email addresses. The "winner" is instructed to contact the UEFA EURO 2012 agent listed in the message in order to claim the cash prize.
However, the message is not from UEFA and the claim that the recipient has won a prize is untrue. In fact, the email is an attempt by online scammers to trick people into sending them money and personal information. Those who fall for the ruse and contact the bogus "agent" listed in the email, will soon be asked to pay upfront fees, ostensibly in order to cover various - entirely fictional - expenses such as insurance or banking charges, legal fees or taxes. They will also be asked to provide personal and financial information that may later be used by criminals to commit identity theft.
In this version, the scammers have tried to add a patina of legitimacy to their fraudulent claims by stealing details from a genuine UEFA article about the EURO 2012 ticket allocation system. Back in April 2011, UEFA did indeed use a super computer to process ticket requests and decide, on a random basis, who would receive the tickets. The scammers have used this true information to set their trap and then tacked on the lies about the supposed "excess" Five Million British Pounds Sterling and UEFA's decision to give this money away as part of an email draw.
There are great many versions of such advance fee lottery scams. This type of Internet scam still continues to gain new victims all around the world every day. No legitimate organization is ever likely to randomly give away very large sums of generated income via the random selection of email addresses. Any message that claims you have won a large prize based on the random selection of your email address in a draw that you have never even entered should be treated with the utmost suspicion.