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#1337 by GomerPyle Sun Aug 05, 2007 11:07 am
Posted to give some adverse publicity to a clear SCAM

What's wrong with it ?

1 There are only two legal Lotteries operating in the UK and this isn't either of them. It isn't even an illegal one - it's non-existent.

2 It's come from a free yahoo mail account used by schoolkids, my grandmom and people who don't want to spend a cent on costs - not used by corporations offering to pay millions in prize money. A domain would cost just a couple of hundred dollars.

3 If you didn't buy a ticket where does this fabulous prize money come from ? They'll want fees eventually, but you can't give away £1.500,000 and collect £x,000 and run a lottery that works . It works because they don't pay anything out. The National Lottery doesn't give money to another Lottery to give away - that would be stupid.

4 Why do they ask you to identify yourself ? They sent notification to your e-mail address and that is supposed to be what won the prize, not the individual attached to it. They can't check the information you supply - so unless you write Bozo the Clown you can put anything - and what's the relevance of your sex and marital status ? - but it sounds official though, doesn't it ? :wink:

5 On first glance the grammar and spelling look okay. Look more carefully and you'll see that the effort is quite poor. I won't point them out, but you can clearly see that whoever drew this up is not a natural or well educated English speaker.

It is operated by a scammer who will never pay you a penny.

HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDS,
UNITED KINGDOM.
GAMBLING BOARD OF GREAT BRITAIN
LICENSED. REF NO: HLF/200-26937,
(Registration 70339411).
REGISTERED UNDER, THE DATA PROTECTION ACT.
HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDS INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS.
P.O Box 1103
Asbury Street, Creek Road, Deptford, London SE8

REF NO: HLF/200-26937
BATCH: 2005MJL-01
ELECTRONIC MAIL AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION. AWARD PRESENTATION CENTER:
UNITED KINGDOM
ATTENTION: WINNER

We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today of winners of
the HERITAGE MEGA JACKPOT LOTTERY WINNINGS PROGRAMS .Your company or your personal e-mail address, is attached to winning number
12-14-16-35-40-24, With serial number S/N-12678,consequently won in
the sixth lottery category.

You are therefore been approved for lump sums pay out of GBP
£1,500,000.00 POUNDS in cash Credited to file REF NO: HLF/200-26937
and winning number 12-14-16-35-40-24, this is from total prize money of
GBP £7,500,000.00 POUNDS, shared among the Five (5) international
winners in this category.All participants were selected through our
Microsoft computer ballot system drawn from 21,000 E-mail addresses, 3,000 E-mail addresses from each continent, as part of International "E-MAIL" Promotions Program, for the Continues use of E-mail.The Heritage Lottery Funds UK (HLF) was set up by Parliament in 1994 to give grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom. We distribute a share of the money raised by the National Lottery for Good Causes.

Your funds have been insured with your REF NO: HLF/200-26937 and
winning number 12-14-16-35-40-24. Your E-mail address should be used
in all correspondence with your claims officer. please note that, you
are to contact your claims officer immediately.Attached here is the
claim verification and funds release form,you are expected to fill and
submit to the claims officer.

VERIFICATION AND FUNDS RELEASE FORM
SURNAME :------------------------------
MIDDLE NAME:----------------------------
AGE:----------------------
SEX:-------------------------------
ADDRESS:---------------------------------
COUNTRY:----------------------------------
WINNING EMAIL ADDRESS:--------------------
MARITAL STATUS:----------------------------
OCCUPATION:---------------------------------
PHONE NUMBER:-------------------------------
FAX NUMBER:--------------------------------
LUCKY NUMBER :-----------------------------
AMOUNT WON:--------------------------------
REF NUMBER:--------------------------------

please fill and submit your verification form to our fudiciary agent
immediately.


Name: Mr. Stanley Moore .
(Claims Agent)
Email : [email protected]
Tel: +447045706112

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and
press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so
desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of
confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems
associated with fraudulent claims.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program.
At your disposal, we remain.
Yours-In-Service
Mrs. Angela Perkins
NOTE: Do not reply this mail. You are to contact your claims officer
immediately.
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#1711 by GomerPyle Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:47 am
I am seeing more actual victims from this particular Lottery scam - especially in India and couldn't figure out why. If you do a Google search it becomes much clearer. There are many 'hits' of a fund by that name but it isn't actually a Lottery, merely the body distrbuting grants from the National Lottery in the UK. Any warnings get hidden under the pile of valid references to that organisation and the confusion over who thay are and what they do is easy for a scammer to exploit.

There is a warning on the HLF site

http://www.hlf.org.uk/English/AboutUs/O ... WeWork.htm

but it isn't very prominent or clear.

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