Gimme the money!

Hurrah for the Lottery! It seems that I’ve been one lucky boy this last weekend – without even paying for a ticket I happened to get five numbers plus the bonus ball on Saturday’s UK International Lottery draw. That’s right – I’ve won £118,236!

So says this email:

THE UK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
P O BOX 1010
LIVERPOOL, L70 1NL
UNITED KINGDOM
(Customer Services)
Ref No: UK/9420X2/68
Batch No: 074/05/ZY369

WINNING NOTIFICATION

We happily announce to you the draw (#1152) of the UK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on Sat 6th Jan, 2007.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/06 drew the lucky numbers: 15-25-29-35-39-40 (bonus no.11), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £118,236 (One Hundred And Eigtheen Thousand Two Hundred And Thirty-Six pound sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.

Good grief! I’m rich!

Shame it’s a scam eh? Not that it’s obvious or anything. However, it would appear that there are people dim, and greedy, enough to fall for it:

There seems to be lots of scam emails doing the rounds which tell you that you have won a jackpot prize in a fake lottery. Did you enter it (non pc version of this page)?

You’ll find links to examples of these emails (below) published without the writers’ permission, in the hope that awareness will, somewhere along the line, save somebody from being parted with their savings. Users who responded to their emails have been asked to send sums such as £7,000 or €5,625 as a “service fee” to receive their ‘winnings’. If you pay that money you then receive another letter, claiming to be from the Gaming Board of Great Britain, and with a forged signature of a board member, asking for €20,000.

So far, at least 10,000 people have lost their money – please don’t let the next one be you!!

Well done you!

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