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British High Court Disclaim Form Lottery Scam

Summary:
Email claims that the recipient will be disqualified from receiving winnings from a lottery if he or she does not submit the required transfer fees immediately (Full commentary below).



Status:
False - Part of advance fee scam

Example:(Submitted, May 2008)
Subject: YOU WILL BE DISQULIFIED** BRITISH HIGH COURT**DISCLAIM?

* FROM THE DESK OF BARRISTER OWEN WILLIAMS.
* LOTTERY BOARD APPROVED 'CLAIMS AGENT'
* MAY 2008 EDITION **ONLINE HELP DESK**.
2ND CATEGORY CLAIMS PROCESSING DEPARTMENT.
Ref : UK/776090X2/23
Batch:013/05/8394369
DATE:12/5/2008
DISCLAIM FORM **BRITISH HIGH COURT**

DEAR WINNER

This is to inform you that it is have come to the notice of the verification/remittance unit of the UK NATIONAL LOTTEY BOARD that it is over 48hrs and you have not responded with the choice of options required to make delivery/transfer of your won prize.

We wish to inform you that you are a winner from our online version of lottery which was done by random selection of email from the internet. In this regards, it is important you know that there are two kinds of lottery games organized by the UK National Lottery; the RESIDENTIAL LOTTERY draws and the NON- RESIDENTIAL LOTTERY draws.

In the former (RESIDENTIAL LOTTERY), it is strictly for permanent residence of UK and every participant for this lottery draw must enter the lottery by purchasing a lottery ticket, while in the later (NON-RESIDENTIAL LOTTERY), participants are entered for this lottery as independent participants where email address are drawn from various companies and individual websites for the draws, with intention of helping more people.

For the NON- RESIDENTIAL LOTTERY draws, beneficiaries are responsible for the payment of any charges prior to delivery of the lottery parcel or transfer by bank, since no ticket was sold.

You are required to pay for the charges that will be used to ship/transfer your winnings to you. This is so because you were entered for this lottery as an independent participant and you are a non-residential beneficiary.

We can not make transfers/shipments of your lottery funds before the cost of this service is made to our account section. It is not company policy also to deduct from winning funds that has been covered with insurance bond.

To that effect since you have not choosen or made payment forfor your swift finds transfer/delivery within the last 48hrs, after all the company's effort to transfer your winnings to you has been ignored, we have been given the right by the British High Court to issue you a DISCLAIM FORM. This form needs your signature to seal the disclaim agreement and invalidate your claims.

Your lottery money will be awarded to the next lottery winner who will be able to make claims without the help of the lottery company since it is a free lottery promotion. Other winners in your category residing in America, Asia and Europe have already made claims of their lottery money.

We want you to fill and sign the disclaim form, and then return by email a signed and scanned copy of disclaim form.

Note that you still have a chance to make these claims if you wish. We also know that you fear this is not real, but be informed that this is legal and legitimate lottery with the backing of United Kingdom Government.

The option to make these claims is to agree to our terms and make the needed payment. If you agree to the company's terms, pick any of the option below and get back to us (DHL,UPS,FEDEX AND BANK TRANSFER) or, please sign the disclaim form and return to avoid legal penalties

=================

BARRISTER OWEN WILLIAMS

UK NATIONAL LOTTERY

=================

Foreign Services Manager,
Payment and Release order Department,
TRANS-ATLANTIC S.A LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM.

Bogus Disclaim Form



Commentary:
A common tactic used by advance fee scammers is to send out one or more follow-up messages that seemingly validate the entirely bogus claims in the initial scam email. Often, this follow-up email claims to originate from a third party entity such as the FBI, Interpol or another government department unrelated to the organization supposedly responsible for the initial message. All messages in the sequence are sent by the same scammers, although they may appear to originate from several different entities.

In this instance, the scammers have sent a follow-up message that claims that the recipient will be disqualified from collecting his or her winnings unless a release payment is quickly submitted. The message includes an official-looking "Disclaim Form" supposedly from the British Crown Court. The would-be "winner" is instructed to fill in and submit the form in order to relinquish his or her claim on the prize so that it can be released back into the prize pool. Of course, the form is fake and certainly does not originate from the British Court system. The purpose of the email is to firstly convince the potential victim that the original lottery win notification is legitimate and secondly to panic him or her into paying the required "release fees" without further delay.

After reading the message, the recipient may then be convinced that he or she will lose this large and unexpected monetary windfall forever if the first payment is not made quickly. But, alas, the "prize" does not exist and, once the victim has sent the first requested fee, other requests are likely to follow. Moreover, the victim may inadvertently provide the scammers with personal information that might later be used for identity theft.

Internet users should be very cautious of any message that claims that they have won a large amount of money or major prizes in an international lottery that they have never even entered. In spite of the claims in the scam email, the UK's National Lottery does not operate a "non-residential lottery draw" in which Internet users are randomly entered by way of email addresses harvested online.

The UK does have a perfectly legitimate National Lottery, but the organization has nothing whatsoever to do with these unsolicited scam emails. The National Lottery has warned participants about such scam emails on its website. The warning includes the information below:
The following points are some things to look for in order to identify a fraudulent email:

* If the email says 'Winning Notification' or 'Lottery Sweep Stake' in the text, the email you’ve received is not from UK National Lottery;

* We don't tell players how much they've won in an email; and

* We don't ask for any Player information like name, address or bank details on an email.
For more information about lottery scams, see:
Email Lottery Scams - International Lottery Scam Information


References:
The National Lottery: Common Scam

Last updated:16th May 2008
First published: 16th May 2008

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen