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.
Supposedly, as a means of celebrating their massive win, the Maxwells have set up an 'Email Financial Support Project' to select 6 people to receive a million pound windfall. The message claims the winning addresses were chosen via a 'Google powered email newsletter software operated by registered British freelance tech experts'.
To claim your donation, you are instructed to reply with your name, age, and address details.
But, alas, the email is just another advance fee scam.
Richard and Angela Maxwell really did win a very large lottery prize - £53m - via a EuroMillions jackpot in April 2015. However, the couple did not send this email and they are not giving away millions of pounds to strangers randomly selected via the Internet.
If you believed the claims in the message and replied to claim your 'donation', you would soon receive a follow-up email claiming that you must send money to cover various expenses such as banking and insurance fees, tax, and processing costs. The scammers, still posing as Richard and Angela Maxwell, will insist that for legal reasons, the fees must be paid in advance and cannot be deducted from the 'donation' itself.
If you went ahead and payed the requested amount, further demands for money would likely follow. These demands would continue until you run out of available funds or belatedly realize that you are being scammed.
At that point, the scammers will simply disappear with your money.
And, to make matters worse, over the course of the scam, the criminals may have tricked you into supplying a large amount of your personal and financial information, ostensibly to prove your identity and allow your claim to be processed. This information may later be used to steal your identity.
Winners of large lottery prizes are often featured in various news reports. Scammers use the information in such reports to craft their scam messages and then randomly target potential victims via email spam campaigns.
Many lottery winners are indeed generous and do give away large portions of their winnings. However, not even the most generous of winners is likely to give away large sums of money to strangers based solely on the selection of their email addresses.
Do not believe any such claim.
Subject: Donation Letter From Britain's 10th biggest EuroMillions Winners
How are you doing today ? We hope this email finds you well.
Your email is among the 6 email addresses selected by a Google powered email newsletter software operated by registered British freelance tech experts upon our request to receive a cash donation of £1million from our family, payable by our affilate payout bank as part of ongoing celebrations to mark our massive Euromillions win. A win which made us the 10th British EuroMillions winners. W e are glad about our win and we would like to give something back, a good reason why we are conducting this email financial donation project. Perhaps you might feel sceptical, find more info here;
To receive this financial donation from our family via our affiliate payout bank, please submit Full Names, Age, and Address for final processing.
Richard & Angela Maxwell (retired)
©2015 The Maxwells Email Financial Support Project. All Rights Reserved
Last updated: August 26, 2015
First published: May 25, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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