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Lottery and Grant Scam Articles - Advance Fee Prize Scams


  • Microsoft 'Yearly Anniversary Winning' Advance Fee Scam
    According to this email , which purports to be from software giant Microsoft, you are the lucky winner of nine hundred and fifty thousand Great British Pounds Sterling. Supposedly, your email address was selected via an 'e-mail beta draw' as the winner of an annual Microsoft promotion. The message claims that the promotion is designed to encourage the use of Microsoft products and its software services.

    Published: November 10, 2015

  • Criminals Use Name of Lottery Winner John Liappas in Advance Fee Scam Messages
    According to this message, which purports to be from lottery winner John Liappas, you have been 'chosen by God' to receive a cash donation of $500,000.

    Published: October 19, 2015

  • Desperate Advance Fee Scam Victims Can Be Vulnerable to Follow-Up Scam Attempts
    Some people who have lost money via advance fee scams can become increasingly desperate. Often, against all logic, they will steadfastly refuse to believe that they have been conned and cling forlornly to the vain hope that - somehow - they will still get the riches they were promised and it will all work out in the end.

    Published: September 9, 2015

  • 'Facebook Online International Lottery' Advance Fee Scam
    Message purporting to be from Facebook claims that the recipient has won $600,000 in the Facebook Online International Lottery and should contact the Facebook

    Published: September 2, 2015

  • Google Award Advance Fee Scam
    According to this email, you have won the sum of £750,000 in a Google Award. The message claims that your email address was randomly chosen as the winning entry via an 'online email balloting' supposedly designed to ensure that Google remains the most popular search engine.

    Published: July 30, 2015

  • Scammers Use Names of Lottery Winners Richard and Angela Maxwell
    According to this message, your email address has been randomly selected to receive a cash donation of 1 million British pounds courtesy of EuroMillions lottery winners Richard and Angela Maxwell.

    Published: May 25, 2015

  • Scam Facebook Page - 'Facebook International Lottery Program'
    The purpose of the so-called 'Facebook International Lottery Program' Page is to make the claims made in advance fee scam messages appear more legitimate.

    Published: April 24, 2015

  • Microsoft Easter Promotion Lottery Scam
    According to this message, your email address has emerged as a winner of the Microsoft Easter Promotion and you have therefore been awarded a cash prize of £950,000.

    Published: April 16, 2015

  • 'United Nations' Advance Fee Scam Uses Skype
    Skype add request message purporting to be from the United Nations claims that your Skype name has been selected as the winner of $50,000 in the United Nations Poverty Eradication Program.


  • Scammers Use The Names of Lottery Winners Cindy and Mark Hill
    Emails purporting to be from US lottery winners Cindy and Mark Hill claim that you have been selected to receive a donation of $950,000 from the couple.


  • ADVANCE FEE SCAM - 'Web Awards 2014' Notification Email
    Email claims that you have won three million US dollars in the 2014 Web industry award scheme.

    Published: August 25, 2014


  • Neil Trotter Lottery Win Advance Fee Scams
    Emails notify recipients that they have been selected to receive a large donation from UK Euromillions lottery winner Neil Trotter.

    Published: April 23, 2014


  • ADVANCE FEE SCAM - 'BBC Promo Email Award'
    Message claims that the recipient's email address has been selected as the winner of £500,000 in the BBC Promo Email Award for 2014, a promotion organized by the BBC One National Lottery.

    Published: April 22, 2014


  • 'Freedom Award Lottery Promotion Agency' Facebook Page Scam
    Facebook Page billing itself as the "Freedom Award Lottery Promotion Agency Company" acts as a contact point for people who have been notified that they have won a large sum of money in the "Facebook Freedom Lottery". During the course of the scam, victims may be tricked into giving their Facebook password to criminals.

    Published: November 7, 2013


  • Advance Fee Scam - 'MasterCard World Lottery 2013'
    Message purporting to be from credit card provider MasterCard claims that the recipient has won a million dollars in the MasterCard World Lottery for 2013.

    Published: September 26, 2013


  • Dave and Angela Dawes Advance Fee Lottery Scams
    Email purporting to be from UK lottery winners Dave and Angela Dawes claims that recipients have been randomly selected to receive 1.5 million pounds from the couple as part of a charity initiative.

    Published: August 30, 2013


  • Gareth & Catherine Bull Advance Fee Lottery Scam
    Email purporting to be from UK lottery winners Gareth & Catherine Bull claims that the couple has decided to donate £1.5 million to ten people as part of a charity project and that the recipient is one of those selected.

    Published: July 26, 2013


  • Lottery Scammers Exploit Names of Real Lottery Winners Violet and Allen Large
    Email purporting to be from Canadian Lottery winners Violet and Allen Large claims that the couple has decided to donate $2 million of their winnings to the recipient. The message asks the recipient to contact the couple via email to find out more details about the donation.

    Published: May 22, 2013


  • Criminals Use Names of Lottery Winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford in Advance Fee Scams
    Emails purporting to be from UK EuroMillions winners Adrian and Gillian Bayford claim that the the recipient's email address was selected as a winner of a cash grant of one million pounds.

    Published: January 14, 2013


  • 2012 FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Advance Fee Scam
    Email that pretends to originate from world football governing body FIFA, claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in the 2012 FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Program and should fill in and send an attached form to begin the process of claiming the prize.

    Published: August 6, 2012





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