Lottery scam

Main article: Lottery scam

The lottery scam involves fake notices of lottery wins. The winner will usually be asked to send sensitive information to a free email account. The scammer will then notify the victim that in order to release the funds, some small fee (insurance, registration, shipping etc.) is required. Once the fee has been sent, the scammer will invent another fee and attempt to collect it. While the advance fee fraud is playing out, the personal information gathered by the original e-mail will also be sold and can sometimes be used to drain bank accounts or lines of credit.

Much like the Auction overpayment fraud detailed above, a new variant of the lottery scam involves fake or stolen checks being sent to the ‘winner’ of the lottery (these checks representing a part payment of the winnings). The winner will then be more likely to assume that the win is legitimate and subsequently more likely to send the fee (which he does not realize is an advance fee). The check, and associated funds, will then be flagged by the bank when the fraud is discovered and debited from the victim’s account.

The following is an actual email from a scammer: Head Office Berwick County Towers, Albert Berwick Courts, Upon Tweed, London BW8 2PX Tel :+447045719658 Fax: +44 7075209593 E-mail : IN LIEU TO THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS (WINNING FUNDS) FROM THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY UK TO THIS SERIAL NUMBER: (teks verwyder) You are welcome to BERWICK COUNTY BANK PLC. The payment Bank for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE PROMO. We are pleased to be at your service. We are Regulated and Stipulated by the Financial Service Authority (FSA), the financial institutions that govern all financial activities in the United Kingdom. In receipt to the transferring of your funds worth the sum of 1,000,000.00 GBP (This funds was said to be a winning funds drawn by the Uk National Lottery UK.) so congratulations. As per your question, The funds is expected to be transferred to your country, you cannot keep the funds in our Bank as a current account because you contacted us for the transferring of your funds, so the funds is said to be a transferring funds. In every successful transfer of funds especially in this regards, it is an essentiality that you activate a premium account with the bank that can accommodate and transfer such an amount of money. Transferring the Sum of 1,000,000.00 GBP here in the United Kingdom need utmost care and confidentiality at course of transferring the funds. So you need to be guarded with policy and rules regarding the transfer. By so doing, you are expected to act in accordance to the policy here. So, to commence with the transferring of your funds, you are expected to activate a Premium account for the transfer. The cost of activating a Premium account is £300 GBP ( Three Hundred Great Britain Pounds Sterling ) which will be added to your account balance. After the activation of an account, an account will be activated and the logins forwarded to you which enables you login and have access into your account online via our website and you can carry on with the transfer of your funds to any designated account number you deem fit. So if you are ready to make the payment for the cost of transferring your funds, you are expected to notify this office for the payment details. Note:The charges cannot be Deducted from your winnings.This is in accordance with section 13(1)(n) of the National Gambling Act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3RD July 1996 by the constitutional assembly.This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds and win and win Situations. Berwick County Bank United Kingdom, is committed to rendering qualitative services to you, Also you are advice to send us a scanned copy of your driver’s license or your international passport for final verification. Your urgent reply will be most welcome. Treat with dispatch and reply to our official email address above. We look forward to serving you better Best Regards, Mr. Robert Brown Customer Care Service For: Berwick County Bank Plc The Approved Bank for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY.

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