From: MERSEY PROMOTIONS <firstname.lastname@example.org>How could I be so sure this was a scam? Well, it matches several of the warning signs listed in the Top Signs of a Sweepstakes Scam. Namely:
Subject: Sweepstakes Winnings!
The National Online Lottery
P O Box 1010 Liverpool,
L70 1NL UNITED KINGDOM
The UK National Online Lottery This Email is to inform you that you
emerged a winner of £480,152 on our onlinedraws which was
played on the 24th November 2007. For further Information about
your Winnings,contact our Lottery Fiduciary Agent with the
following contact Address.
Green, with your full names and draw number (i.e 1088)
9.Preferred payment Mode:
(a) Cheque (b) Bank Transfer
Name;Mrs Roxanee Green
E-mail Address:- email@example.com
Telephone:+44-7024068810 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +44-7024068810 end_of_the_skype_highlighting,+44-7024068806
Fax:+44 -+448704792368, +448704794060
Good luck from me and members of staff of the UK
NATIONAL ONLINE LOTTERY.
Richard K. Lloyd
Online coordinator for
UK NATIONAL ONLINE LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program
- I don't remember entering a sweepstakes like this one.
- It's from an international lottery.
- It has come via the email equivalent of bulk mail (see the "undisclosed recipients" in the To: field.
- It never mentions my name, or any other information specific to me.
- It was sent from a free email account (An official representative of the UK Lottery would never use a charter.net email address).
- It has a lot of typos in the text such as "onlinedraws."
Do you receive sweepstakes scams in your email? Post them in the Have You Received a Sweepstakes Scam? thread in the forum to help others recognize these frauds.