Wow! Yesterday it seems as if I actually won 990,513.00 Euro! Not, I’m afraid. The National Lottery AKA The UK International Lottery may or may not exist in real life, but if you received a mail like the one below, I’m afraid it’s nothing but an e-mail lottery scam.
Date: Monday 14 nov 2005 13.34.22 GMT+01:00
THE UK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
Ref Number: OSL/655/049/07
Batch Number: AT-640-SB05-03
We happily announce to you the draw (#1011) of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY online in conjunction with Forbes International program held on Friday, 4th November, 2005.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 57522465896-530 with serial number 3652-662 drew lucky Numbers 77-14-18-23-31-45 which consequently won in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved for a Lump sum pay out of €990,513.00 (Nine Hundred & Ninety Thousand, Five Hundred and Thirteen Euros).CONGRATULATIONS!!! Note that all participants in this lottery program have been selected randomly through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from all search Engines and web sites. This promotional program takes place every year, and is promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like the Sultan of Brunei, Bill Gates of Microsoft Inc, and a number of world richest people. See link below;
and other Corporate organizations. This is to encourage the use of the internet and computers Worldwide.
For security purpose and clarity, we advise that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. We look forward to your active participation in our next year USD50 million slot. You are requested to contact our Clearance Officer below to assist you with your winnings and subsequent payments. All winnings must be claimed not later than one month after the date of this notice.
Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do inform our Agent as soon as possible. Please Reply to email@example.com.
You can go to our online result site to confirm the value of your winnings and also get a prize breakdown:-
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY and FORBES INTERNATIONAL.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY &
Forbes International Program.