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Neil Trotter Lottery Win Advance Fee Scams


Outline

Emails notify recipients that they have been selected to receive a large donation from UK Euromillions lottery winner Neil Trotter.

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Brief Analysis

The emails are not from Neil Trotter and the recipients have not been awarded any money. Neil Trotter really did win a large lottery prize, but he is not randomly giving away millions of pounds to strangers via email. The messages are advance fee scams designed to trick recipients into sending money and personal information to criminals.

Example

Subject: Euromillion Winner!!!

Perfect Grettings,

My name is Neil Trotter the current winner of �108 million Pounds on the just concluded Euromillion Jackpot Draw for 2014,and i bring to you a perfect good news for such a perfect timing as this. I know this is surprising for you to have received this at this very early stage.
But because i just received the cheque on Friday 14th of March 2014 and i am excited, so i am willing to donate �1,000,000(One Million Great Britain Pounds)to you and as part of my effort to alleviate poverty and care for the less priveledged around the world,i have decided to donate to just 15 people around the globe which you are a part of.

so do get back to us quickly via email at: neiltrotter002@163.com

Perfect Regards.

Neil Trotter.


Detailed Analysis

Winners of large lotteries such as Euromillions are generally the subjects of various mainstream news reports. These reports tend to name the winners and discuss their backgrounds and future plans.

This is fertile ground for scammers who are quick to capitalize on news of such wins. The scammers are able to provide 'evidence' of their spurious claims by linking to one or more of these news reports.

In March 2014, Neil Trotter, a UK car mechanic won a whopping �107 million in the Euromillions lottery. Soon after, emails like the examples above began to be distributed.

Of course, the emails are not from Neil Trotter or anybody associated with him. And the recipients have not been awarded any portion of his winnings. The emails are typical advance fee scams designed to trick users into sending their money and personal information to criminals.

Those who reply as instructed will soon receive follow-up emails from the criminals who will continue to pretend that they are Neil Trotter. The emails will claim that, before they can receive their unexpected windfall, recipients must first pay for various fees associated with transferring the funds. The scammers will invent expenses such as insurance fees, taxation, banking fees, and legal costs. They will insist that, for legal reasons, these fees must be paid in advance.

If a victim complies and sends money as requested, further demands for money will follow. Often, requests for further fees will continue until the victim has nothing more to send or at last realizes that he or she is being scammed. All of the money sent will line the pockets of the criminals and it is very unlikely that victims will ever get it back.

And, to make matters worse, the scammers may have been able to trick their victim into sending a large amount of personal and financial information. This information may later be used to steal the victim's identity.

Be very wary of any email purporting to be from a lottery winner that claims that you have been awarded a large donation or grant. Lottery winners often do give away portions of their winnings to charity. However, they are extremely unlikely to randomly hand out millions of pounds to total strangers via email. Such a claim is simply absurd.



Last updated: April 23, 2014
First published: April 23, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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