|Posted: January 9, 2006, 12:04 am - IP Logged|
I received this email on Wednesday December the 21st 2005.
The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
We happily announce to you the draw (#1042) of the UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 17th December 2005.
Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a pool of over 25,000 names and e-mail addresses of distinguished professionals drawn from Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of Africa, and North & South America as part of our international promotions programme conducted weekly to encourage prospective overseas entries. We hope with part of your Price awards, you will take part in our subsequent lottery jackpots.
The result of our computer draw (#988) selected your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 07-11-15-21-35-47(bonus no.43), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category (match 6 ).
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £530,969 (FIVE HUNDRED AND THIRTY THOUSAND,NINE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-NINE POUNDS STERLINGS) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash Price of £4,247,752 shared amongst the Eight(8) lucky winners in the 1st category.
NUMBER OF MATCHES No OF WINNERS £ s PER WINNER TOTAL
Match 6 8 £530,969 £4,247,752
Match 5 plus bonus 33 £39,606 £1,306,998
Match 5 1198 £681 £815,838
Match 4 49493 £36 £1,781,748
Match 3 779954 £10 £7799540
Totals 830686 £15,951,876
Machine used for Draw TOPAZ
Winners by Lucky Dip ;NIL
Ball set used 4
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 Unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online.
Your Price award has been insured in your name and is ready for claims. To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners within a period of 21 days (date of this email inclusive) for the processing of your winning and remittance to you after all statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with.
This promotion takes place weekly. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon.
In view of this, your £530,969 (FIVE HUNDRED AND THIRTY THOUSAND,NINE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-NINE POUNDS STERLINGS) would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated period may be forfeited to the pool without further notice.
Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds to you.
For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your Price. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned!
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
MR RONALD HITCH
At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
Kate Joseph (Mrs.)
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY,
Sweepstakes International Program.
Open 7 days 8am-11pm.
VERIFICATION AND FUND RELEASE FORM
ATTN: ONCE AGAIN THE WHOLE OF THE NATIONAL UK LOTTERY STAFFS ARE CONGRATULATING YOU, SO PLEASE GET BACK TO ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION'S TO ENABLE US FILE YOUR CLAIMS. AND WE WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU THAT YOUR CLAIMS WAS PICKED BY RANDOM SEARCH OF EMAILS AND YOU WERE FIXED AT THE DRAW WHICH YOU CAME OUT SUCCESSFULLY THAT IS WHY YOU WERE NOTED SO PLEASE FILL OUT THE INFORMATION BELOW SO THAT WE PROCEED WITH YOUR CLAIMS.
9.BATCH NUMBER:____________________ B. REF NUMBER:______________
10.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL___________
Upon receipt of the duly requested data, I will send you the contact information of the payment office so you can proceed with effecting the release of your claim in anyway you deem fit.
Even though I think that it is a scam, I filled out all of the information that they asked for. I checked the numbers from this site on the above date and they are correct. Then a few days later, I received this email:
45 ELMDENE RD WOOLICH,
OPTION 0NE (courier delivery)
Good day to you, and welcome to National speedexpress, the Authorised delivery agency of the UK 2005 NATIONAL LOTTERY in charge of making sure winners get their required documents..Note the confidentiality of your winning Number is your utmost responsibility, this is to avoid multiple claims.As an agency we provide winners with two options of delivery which are the delivery of the winnings documents (certified bank cheque and winning certificate) or bank transfer.Below is the cost of delivery.
OPTION TWO (bank transfer)
As an agency will also provide winners with bank transfer option.An account has to be activated for you so that your money can be wire transfered. Below is the cost to activate an account.
Note that your total prizes claim has been insured to the real value and as such cannot be deducted from. The constitutional assembly in accordance with section 13(n) of the national gambling acts as adopts this in1993 and amended on 3RD July 1996. This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds.Please be aware that the Fund Release Documents including the Drug Law Certificate (which certifies the funds free from illegal Drug trafficking) and the Anti-Terrorist Clearance Certificate (which certifies that the funds is not in any way linked to Anti-terrorist activity) has been forwarded to us by the lottery organizers for onward delivery to you.Note all original and scanned copies of your correspondent with us via e-mail are stored in two separate secure locations. Should any cliam be questioned, this document is utilized to determine the date and time of Notification.
Attach a scanned copy of either your driver's licence, international passport (photo page) or any other legally identifying document.
Also be reminded that the deadline for the claiming of winnings is exactly two weeks after the receipt of this email. After this period, your cash prize will be deemed to have been forfeited by you and will be reused in the drawings of the next edition of the lottery.
Please send your response to this same email address
NOTE: EITHER COST OF DELIVERY OR ACTIVATION SHOULD BE PAID BEFORE DELIVERY OR TRANSFER.
Mr Frank Roy
( Dispatch officer)
I emailed him back and told him that I had heard of Scams on the internet about people asking for money or bank account numbers to process something that is supposedly already won. I told him that I wouldn't be sending any money to cover courier charges because I didn't feel right about it. This was his response:
Hello David, the only alternative means is for you to come over to our office here in the UK and collect your winnings, if you have any alternate method apart from this one, i will be glad to know.
This was the last that I have heard from him. Do you think that this was a scam? Have you ever heard of courier charges before? According to the initial email, it may be too late, but I never even played this in the first place and now someone is claiming that I won something. Any info would be greatly appreciated. If you know of anyone else that has a take on this please let me know.