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Advance Fee Scam - British National Lottery Promo Programme

Outline
Email purporting to be from the British National Lottery claims that the recipient has won 1,500,000 in the British National Lottery Promo Programme.



Brief Analysis
The message is not from the British National Lottery and the claim that the recipient has won 1,500,000 is a lie. The message is an advance fee scam designed to trick recipients into sending money and personal information to Internet criminals.

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Last updated: 1st March 2012
First published: 15th November 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
From: BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY
Subject: Final Notification 1,500,000 (GBP)

FINAL NOTIFICATION

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the winners of the BRITISH NATIONAL LOTTERY PROMO PROGRAMME,held on the 28th of February,2012. Your e-mail address was attached to these lucky winning numbers below: 09 14 26 28 30 45 38.

Which subsequently won you the lottery bonus draw.You have there fore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,500,000 (GBP) .To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent Mr. Richard Cook With the feed Verification/Fund Release Form Below

1.Full Name:
2.Full Address:
3.Marital Status:
4.Occupation:
5.Age:
6.Sex:
7.Nationality:
8.Country Of Residence:
9.Telephone Number:

Mr. Richard Cook
E-mail: richardcookdepartment1@yahoo.co.uk

Congratulations once again from all our staff for being a part of our Promotions program.




Detailed Analysis
According to this email, which has been sent to a great many inboxes around the world since early November 2011, the "lucky" recipient has won the sum of 1,500,000 in the British National Lottery Promo Programme. The message claims that the recipient's email, address was attached to the the winning numbers selected in the prize draw. The "winner" is requested to contact "fiduciary agent" Mr. Richard Cook to file a claim for the prize. He or she is also asked to submit a "Verification/Fund Release Form" which requests name and contact details and other personal information.

However, the email is not from the British National Lottery and the winner has not won 1,500,000. In fact the message represents a classic advance fee lottery scam. The National Lottery is a real British entity, but this scam email has no connection with the National Lottery whatsoever. The scammers have simply used the well-known name as a means of making their claims sound a little more believable. The National Lottery has published information on its website warning users about such advance fee scams.

Those who fall for the ruse and respond to the message to claim their "prize" will soon be asked to pay upfront fees that are supposedly required to allow release of the funds. The scammers will claim that these fees are necessary to cover such expenses as insurance, legal costs, banking fees and any other imaginary cost that they can come up with. The scammers will claim that, due to legal reasons, the fees cannot be deducted from the prize money itself and must be payed in full before any funds can be released. Of course, all of the money sent will be kept by the scammers. The victim is very unlikely to ever get any of the money back and will certainly never receive a cent of the - entirely imaginary - prize.

Moreover, during the course of the scam, the criminals may attempt to collate enough personal information to allow them to steal their victim's identity. They begin this process at the outset via the bogus "Verification/Fund Release Form".

Advance fee lottery scams of this nature have been around for many years, but people all around the world still fall for them every day. No legitimate lottery or prize draw is ever likely to conduct its operations in the manner described in this scam message. Real lotteries do not give away large sums of money to people who have never bought a ticket or entered any sort of prize draw. Any message that claims that your name or email address was randomly selected in a lottery that you have never entered should be treated with great suspicion.

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References
Common lottery scams
Email Lottery Scams - International Lottery Scam Information



Last updated: 1st March 2012
First published: 15th November 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer