British Lottery Scam

Can five million Britians be duped? Yes, according to a study done by the British consumer protection organization Which?. Which? contacted more than 1000 Brits to see how widespread the scam problem is in the U.K. The results?

  • More than 28 million of 60 million citizens had been exposed to one or more scams.
  • Five million of those 28 fell victim to a scam.
  • The most popular scam related to “an automated phone call that invites people to claim a prize. A third of adults have received such a call and two million have responded, usually by calling a premium-rate number, which can cost up to GBP 1.50 ($2.70 U.S.) a minute.”

The funny thing is that I’ve even seen people outside the U.K. fall victim to these international lottery scams. Here’s a typical email that arrived in our honeypot inbox this week:

British Lottery Scam Email

As I was saying, I’ve received email from U.S. residents wondering if they’d really won after receiving an email like this. They never questioned how they’d won even though they weren’t residents of the country where the lottery was held and had never even entered the lottery.

Greed makes us stupid, doesn’t it? That’s what the scammers count on.

UPDATE!
Many of you have also received snail mail versions of this scam. In this scam you receive a letter saying you’ve won as well as a check for $3,000 – $4,000 dollars to cover the taxes and processing fees – supposedly.

Anyway, listen up people.

This is a scam. The check is fake.

It may initially be accepted at your bank but will eventually be worth absolutely nothing. So when you deposit it and then send them a check from your account, you will lose money.

Ask yourself… Why would they send you a check and then have you send them a check right back for the same amount? Does that make sense? It does if you’re trying to scam someone.

Author: Dave Nielsen

I started using computers in 1978 on the Apple II and was first online (using my “high-speed” 1200 baud modem) in 1989. I’ve managed web sites for several Fortune 500 companies and for internet start-ups. Working for one of those start-ups is what brought me into the world of credit. I was part of the the executive team that ran QSpace, the first company to offer credit reports over the internet.

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  1. Hey,So yeah I received one of those e-mails as well, what a jerk! But anyways I sent him a URL to one of the sites thats listed as scam!! Hope he enjoys that!!! haha!

  2. I responded like an idiot, so now what can I do to prevent identity theft? What can awe all do after we responded?!

  3. It’s all about the information you gave them. If you provided money + private information like Name, Date of Birth, SSN, Bank Account #, etc. you should assume that you are at risk and should contact your local police along with the U.S. Secret Service (assuming you’re a U.S. citizen).

  4. My brother just received a check in the mail for the taxes and clearance fees for the sum of 90,000.00 he has just won. It also came with a letter from the United British Lotto asking that he call a number to speak with his representative. It made me a little uncomfortable because it said that he should keep this completely confidential to ensure that he receive the rest. He called the number (which turned out to be a Canadian number) and a woman said he needs to deposit the check into his account, let it clear, and then Western Union the money to a gentleman in Quebec. I am sckeptical as to whether or not this is the real deal. Please let me know if you know anything about this. Thanks a million; I appreciate it.

  5. Oh, the check he received for taxes was $3,998.00, on the sum of $90,000.00 which he will not receive until completing the Western Union.

  6. I also received an e-mail informing me that I won in the british Lottery. I checked the name and I came up with this site. Thanks. This is the 2nd one I got. I also received one letter like this from a Citlink Lottery in France. This really isn’t good. I hope these people get caught.

    • I got the snail mail. Ligit looking check for $2,998.65. Too good to be true.
      After looking at this site I found a lot of other lotto fruad info. What can you do?
      turn the entire letter to your local Post Master is what the USPS web page says.

      • I am a Representative for a financialinstitution. I waited on a member today that received one of these fraudulent checks and letters from the United British Lotto. I advise anyone, I am not speaking on behalf of any financial institution, but by my own personal wisdom and knowledge that comes from working for a financial institution, do NOT try depositing this check to your account or cashing such an item..it is a scam and may cause you hardships, just like others have stated. If you cash the check, you may run the risk of the Financial Institution coming back to collect from you.

  7. I had someone email about this scam the other day. Here was my response:

    “How can you win a lottery that you don’t enter?

    lot·ter·y (l?t’?-r?)
    n., pl. -ies.

    1. A contest in which tokens are distributed or sold, the winning token or tokens being secretly predetermined or ultimately selected in a random drawing.

    You can’t win if you don’t enter.

    This is a scam. That check will be worthless. You will deposit it in your account and then mail them a real check, or more likely, they’ll ask for a money order or wire transfer. Once the money you send clears, you’ll hear later from your bank that the check you deposited from them is worthless. You are then out $3,000.

    Do not send them any money or information,

    dave”

    • I just recieved this letter in the mail stating i had won $95,000 in the United British Lotto needless to say i was excited and already making plans with the money , there was also a check inclosed for $2,998 to cover the tax and clearance fees which looks totally real , they had me convinced that i had actually won said amount until i looked it up online and found out what was really going on thank goodness for the internet and this website otherwise i might have gotten scammed as well.Someone needs to do something about these ***holes trying to seperate hardwoking people from their money but i guess i will settle for karma coming back around and biting them in thier bull**** ***es!!

      • HAS ANYONE NOTICED THAT THE ADDRESSES AT THE BOTTOM ARE ALL DIFFERENT BUT THE SUITE NUMBER IS ALWAYS 204. MINE SAYS 145 O’CONNOR STREET SUITE 204 OTTAWA, ONT. K1P1H1. AND THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS: MINE WAS A 613 AREA CODE. THIS IS SUCH A CROCK OF CRAP, AND I HOPE EVERYONE WILL BE SMART AND CHECK UP ON THESE BEFORE THEY DO ANYTHING WITH THESE CRAZY LETTERS AND CHECKS.

  8. What I can’t figure out is what do they gain by this?

    • I just received a “winning” document today….and I’m still curious if it’s true! I just really don’t know! This is the second document like that I have received! That document that I recently received was sent with a check! That check was valid!! Is that going to come back to me somehow?? I hope not! But it’s really disturbing because it semms so fake as well! I did call also…but the answering machine “had no space left” for messages! Not understandable! Why not….is what I’m wondering!! But I don’t know! I’m really doubting this thing!

      • All the letters I have been reading are saying not to deposit the check. I want to know what will happen if I cash it? How can the FDIC come after me for a mistake THEY made?

  9. They make money when you deposit their fake check and then wire the same amount to their account. In A. Cable’s example above they make $3,998.00. Not bad.

    • No reason to doubt. It’s a scam. Do not send money. Do not call. Do not collect $95,000 dollars.

      • Yes Christi,
        I would also like to know what will happen if we cash the checks? How can we defeat the scam people? I made contact with someone at one of the numbers. After telling them I was going to let a legal person look at the letter and the check and that I would be back in touch with them to speak to my agent Mr. Green, the lady then fed me some kind of line about phillip green being a very busy person.I made it clear to her that this was a scam and it was fraud. She soon told me my file is being destroyed and the check void ,so what does this tell you? I was also told to go to the post office and tell them about Mail Fraud I reported this also to the Sherrif’s Department. I have been told to meet Monday April 17 2006, with an investigator.

  10. I RECEIVED A CHECK FOR $1,998.94 IN THE MAIL ON MARCH 22,2006. THE CHECK STATED THAT I HAD TO PAY BACK $1,850.00 FOR MY TAX AND CLEARANCE FEES, BUT I DON’T HAVE ANY TAXES TO PAY ON… I EVEN TOOK THE LETTER AND THE CHECK TO THE POLICE STATION, BUT THEY SAID THEY WOULDN’T HAVE TIME TO LOOK AT THE STUFF UNTIL SOMETIME NEXT WEEK…..WHAT KINDA OF POLICE DO WE HAVE??????? THE CHECK WAS AN ORIGINAL DOCUMENT…AND STILL SAYING THAT I SHOULD RECEIVE ($90,250.00)MINUS $4,750.00 (FOR SPONOR’S FEE)……..HOW CRAZY IS THAT…IT ALSO SAID THAT I SHOULD CONTACT MY AGENT FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE REST OF MY WINNING….

    • be careful people they almost got me and I realised there is no such a thing as somthing for nothing

      • I wrote a comment earlier last week, and I can’t believe all the people that have written after I posted my story. Everyone’s is basically the same. I had received my “check” from the Hilton Hotels Corporation, so, I decided to look them up and let them know what was going on. I called the one in Memphis, Tennessee-where the “check” was “supposedly” from. I spoke to a lady and told her about the check and she told me it was a scam. She said she would put me in contact with someone who could help me a bit more. I spoke to a Mr. Tom McElroy, an investigative manager. I explained to him the same thing and he said “Please do not cash that check.” I told him I wasn’t going to, that I just called to let them know that these “LOSERS” were using their company to “issue” these so-called checks. I told him that they wanted me to either cash or deposit the check and then western-union it to London, England to an Amanda Price. He asked if I had any more information on this Amanda person and I told him no. He said that he has been working with the Canadian police on this scam and others for awhile, now. I said that if we sent something–not the money–to this person, like the kind of thing they do with bank robbers–an ink exploder of some kind–that when this person went to pick up their money, the police would be able to identify them due to this procedure. He said he knows people with western-union, so, they might try something. I sent him the check and the certicate of award I received, along with the envelope, so, if anything, maybe they can pick up some kind of fingerprints to find out who is involved with this. I told him that I want them to catch these no good, low lifes, who have nothing better to do than play games with other peoples lives. And, I told him that if he could, to call me or write me and let me know as soon as they do. And, I pray to God that they catch every one of them!! Good luck to all. If in doubt, just see who the check is from, look them up on the net, get their phone #, and call them.

  11. They just sent me one saying I won through a weekly random draw of email addresses. Then I had to send them some info to nationalclaimsdept2@walla.com. What a scam. They even gave me an address for there offices. Apparently I just won 700 000 or so pounds sterling. Everyone send them evil thoughts and karma will collect for us.

    • I RECEIVED WINNING MAILS SIMILARLY AND I RESPONDED TO IT.THEY GAVE ME AWARD CERTIFICATES,INSURANCE CERTIFICATES,AFIDAVIT COPIES.THEN I WAS ASKED TO OPEN AN ACCOUNT AT STANDARD BANK OF SOUTHAFRICA.FOR THE SAME I WAS ASKED TO TRANSFER US$1050 IN SOMEONE’S NAME.I ATTACHED THE SAME AND MAILED TO THE BANK,WHERE I WAS INFORMED THIS WAS A FAKE AND NOT TO RESPOND.SINCE I HAD MENTIONED THE NAME AND ACCOUNT NO OF THE PERSON NAMED PP.NGUPANE,I EXPECT THEM TO BE CAUGHT BEFORE CONTINUING THESE NONSENSE.

      • I went to compass bank and cashed the check. They verified the funds and I paid the $5.00 fee since I did not have an account there. $1,983.00. What can happen? I’m not sending anyone any money.

  12. My grandfather rec’d a letter dtd 3/15/06 with a check enclosed for $1998.95 from Demor’s Lincoln Mercury, Inc. WOW, I work for a bank and would have been easily fooled by the check except for the fact that the watermark on the back of the check was missing. WHAT A SCAM. My grandfather is elderly and on a fixed income. He would have been happy to cash the check even without winning more. What a dissappointment for him when I told him it was a hoax. I would also be concerned if I were Demor’s Loncoln Mercury, inc. IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO STOP THESE TYPE OF MAILINGS PLEASE LET ME KNOW. HE GETS APPROX 10 A DAY. HELPPPP!

    • I received the letter and a check for 1998.65–Yes it looks like a ligit check–What would happen if we all deposited the check and never contacted them for further instructions?

      • i received a check today for $1998.94 dated Mar.28. It did have an original watermark on it, and it did come from a legitimate company. I called the company before we did anything. Our check came from Hilton Hotel Corp. This is a legit company. I also confirmed the address, it was legit, also. My husband went to the bank to see if it was legit or not, they said it was a real check, it will take 5 days to see whether the funds are really there or not.We’re going to see if the money is really there before we move on from here. I will keep everyone posted. I am as skeptical as everyone else, so i took the check along with the letter to my friend who is a retiree from a legal office. She told me that the chances of it being real are slim, however, she did say that if someone had really won, that the fact that they give you the money for any losses are the correct way a lottery should work. You should never pay to win. We have not been asked to give the money until the check cleared, and if it does clear, we will be in the good for $140.00 So who knows? I guess we will soon enough. And , if I am a fool for trying, I’m so broke, they would be the fools for trying to steal my identity. I owe more than I could ever pay back.

  13. I received a letter dated 3/15/06 as well on March 27, 2006 with a check enclosed for $2998.95 from Demor’s Lincoln Mercury, Inc. The check enclosed with the letter appeared to be very real and of course I was ready to take it to the bank until I realized that one, there was not a watermark seal on the back and two, I googled the company (United British LottO) and found that it is an identity theft scam. THESE PEOPLE NEED TO BE STOPPED!!!!! IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW TO STOP THEM PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!!!

    • Dear,

      If someone from foreign country had ben victim of scam with lost of money ( about 7,000,00 Euros) what is possible to do ?
      Especially victim from saying “iwon lottery fo liverpool” IN APRIL 2005

      As a people from an west african country, but staying in on french department island and bristich island when had been victim, he report to certains institutions, such as Nigeria Scam the 419, and others, without no reply.

      wHAT ELSE DO ,

      • i too am one of the stupid americans who thought they’d won. this letter really got my hopes up. i’ve gotten scam mail before but none as impressive as this one. the check that looks all offical really threw me off. i really thought this one was real, especially concidering that i have entered sweepstakes in the past and that was something that they mentioned in the letter as to why my name was choosen. i wish that there was a way to stop these scammers and bring them to justice!!!!! thank you so much for having this website, it really saved my but!!!!!

  14. i received a letter from the british lotto also … i have no idea how they got my name i received a check for 1,998.94 from vision limited partnership. it stated i will receive 90,250 and that i needed to contact cindy jacobs of standard financial management group, subsidiary of euro trust corporation, 145 southland dr s.e. suite 204 edmonton, ab t5s 2t1 tel 780-604-7351.
    it was dated march 15, 2006

    • I recieved the same letter as A. Cable, I took my letter to the local FBI agency, and they said anything with the letterhead United British Lotto is a scam, they would not give me a definitive answer on whether to cash the check or not though. If anyone has any more info on this, please let us know….

      • My Mom just received one of these checks too from the United British Lotto. Said she would received 92,150.00 minus 2,850.00 for taxes. Funny thing is the check is made out from the American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc. in Texas and the company the check is from is Apex Financial Management Group, subsidiary of United Trust Corporation in Dublin Ireland. It didn’t make sense why the check would come from Texas or that the company is in Dublin, and that’s when I looked up the info on the net and found your site. Thank you.

  15. i got a check for $2,998.95 from demor’s lincoln mercury a really legit looking check but missing the watermark on the back. the united british lotto said i won 90,250.00 for an out of the country lottery that i never joined. demor’s lincoln mercury is a real and legit comany in pittsburgh,pa. the address and phone number on the check are the same as on demor’s web site. they want me to contact george davis of the standard financial management group,subsidary of euro trust corp, 145 southland dr s.e suite 204 edmonton,ab.t5s 2t1 tel 778-322-9831 dated march 15,2006

    • To Almost Duped…

      Anyone needing more information about cashing that check after reading this page and visiting with the FBI is EXTREMELY hard of hearing.

      Why would you want a fake check? What is the point? Just accept that you have not won any money and you will not get any money by trying to deposit a fake/worthless check.

      Just continue your life being happy knowing you avoided being conned. That should be enough.

      • This looks like a wide spread scam. I received my letter on April 19,2006. I opened the envelope while warming up my car, and at first I couldn’t stop chucking at what I was reading! What a “PHONEY” set up this turned out to be! In the course of my travels that day, I stopped by my local bank. I finished doing my bank business and found that the bank manager wasn’t busy at the time so I let them read the letter. The first thing they said was that the check was “BOGUS”! At this point they made copies and would refer them to there security department. They were concerned that the elderly would fall for this scam and lose there savings. I only hope the message of this reaches as many people as possible so that they will avoid getting taken. My “THANKS” for having this website.
        Chino,CA
        I wish the tables could turn and and this scam would backfire in there faces!

  16. I too recieved this snail mail. I am not sure, currently, if this is a scam, but with all of the info I have read tonight, I will be checking into it more that for sure. The check I have is a legitamate check, including the watermark on the back. I checked out the check when we got the letter. The letter I got is similiar to others that ppl have been talking about, except my letter, along with the check also has a watermark on it. The watermark says British Lottery corporation on it. The company that issued the check, Quaker Window Products company is also a valid company. I definitely think I need to check things out a bit more before I am able to determine if this is a scam.

    • THE NET HELP ME NOT BECOME A VICTOM BY LOOKING FIRST

  17. THIS UNITED BRITISH LOTTO IS THE BIGGEST SCAM EVER, WHOEVER KNOWS OF A WAY TO GET THEM CAUGHT THEY SHOULD DO IT AND DO IT FAST, CAUSE I ALMOST PUT MY CHECK I GOT INTO MY CHECKING ACCOUNT. UNTILL MY HUSBAND FOUND THIS SITE AND WE READ ALL OF THE STORIES, MY CHECK WAS SIMILAR TO SOME MENTIONED ABOVE. SO THAT UNITED BRITISH LOTTO REALLY NEEDS TO BE STOPPED, SO THEY CANT TAKE MONEY FROM PEOPLE WHO WILL FALL FOR IT LIKE I ALMOST DID. DONT FALL FOR THE UNITED BRITISH LOTTO A BIG HUGE SCAM, THANKS FOR THIS SITE OR ELSE I WOULD HAVE DONR IT.

    • My husband just received a letter today in the mail with a check for 2,998.50. I knew it was to good to be true. I went straight to the computer to look any info and found this site. Thanks.

      • i so sorry for but its all scam Cindy

  18. well i thought in my time of need that i came into some lucky money ya right what ever they need to be stop and quickly this is not good for or anyone else i am glad that i went on this site

    • Just got the scam letter myself, check from Houston and letter from Alberta. Too bad I had to break my moms heart. I want to nail these bastards, what can I do? I was dumb and left my phone number and name, but no other info. I might be broke, but not bereft of my senses. They must make a lot of money to afford sending postal between countries. Who do I contact?

      • I got a letter on Saturday with a check for $1990.00- I called the agent this morning- told me how my name was randomly drawn in a promotional giveaway. The man had a European accent, and told me to contact him after I deposited the check into my account and he would send me the remainder of the money I won ($63,010) via UPS or Wire transfer. I called the number on the check- they told me to deposit the check since there were funds available in the account.

        What I thought was a bit fishy- was the address of Mellon 1st Business Bank on the check- Los Angeles, CA 80071 and I know California zipcodes start with a “9”. So I went to Mellon Bank’s website and spoke with the check verification department- they told me the company LGM Escrow Services doesn’t exist and the check is a counterfeit. I looked on melissadata.com and searched the phone numbers listed on the checks- they were cell #s.

        Beware!!! Although the check looks real with watermarks and everything- check with the bank(look for the # on the web) don’t call the number on the check- and ask to verify funds. It’s all bogus…

  19. I did receive a check like this today and felt something was wrong. the old saying if it sounds too good to true, well i called the contact and he was sooo rude, because i wanted him to explain all this to me. he got so mad at me that he hung up. please be aware that this is not a good thing to be doing. i am not even sure what i did to so called win this check. so please be careful of what you enter.

    • Never ever think that you win a game without playing.

      • Mine came via snail mail, yesterday. It fits the general form, but is a little different. It came with a check in the amount of $2998.60 drawn on the Wells Fargo account of Kapco, 3120 East Enterprise, Brea, CA 92821-6237 http://www.kapcousa.com. I checked their website and found them to be an OEM Distributor of Aviation parts. This being the case, it makes no sense for them to be sending me a check of this nature.

        The accompanying letter is as follows:

        IRISH RANDOM LOTTO
        IRISH RANDOM INTERNATIONAL
        WINNING CERTIFICATE

        Ref #WSCT 4567801G023
        Winner ID:9056742

        DATE June 20, 2006

        We are pleased to inform you that after the just concluded IRISH RANDOM LOTTO held in Belfast, Ireland, that you emerged as one of the winners of the Irish International Lottery programs.
        Participants were selected through a computer ballot system draw from one million five hundred thousand names(1,500,000) drawn from Asia, Europe and North America. Your name attached to ticket number 60087-6045 with serial number 01200115 drew the lucky numbers of 21-27-8-15-34 which subsequently won the lottery in the third category. You have therefore been approved for the lump sum of $85,500.00 USD yada yada etc.
        It continues: Assistance check of $2997.55 is enclosed to enable you finance the international clearance fees of $2845.00. (Note check amount is different from check itself and the grammar is, to say the least, strange.)

        I am then directed to keep this claim from public notice until my claim has been processed and money has been deposited to my account. To begin my lottery claim, I am further diredted to contact my claim agent, LISA HOWARD, of Standard Financial and Securities, 7811 GATEWAY BLVD NW, EDMONTON, AB T6E 6M1, an accredited agency to IRISH RANDOM LOTTO at TEL: 1-780-604-5934. (I called this number and received a standard after hours message, which noted their message box was full. BIG SURPRISE, Golllleeee, and all that happy *********! The company name was almost correct. In what sounded like an electronic hiccup the word securities came accross as tees.)

        The letter finishes advising me that all prize money must be claimed not later than JULY 6, 2006. Ensure you contact your agent for THE ACTIVATION AND AUTHORISATION of your check. It is signed by John Wesley Pope, Prize Co-ordinator.

        Guess I didn’t win after all, huh!!!??!! Go figure. If it were real, with my luck, I would die tomorrow. Oh well . . .

  20. I was so glad to read your comments before I became victim to the Lotto Scam. I also received a letter saying I was to receive $95,250 minus $$4,750 (Sponsor Commission). I knew something was wrong when they enclosed a check for $1,998.65 for tax and clearance fees to which I would have to pay $1,850 back. Why send me a check for me to send money right back to you! I just hope everyone else will be as cautious.

    • i recive a check for 4,99805 dollars from united british lottery and her name is contact TAMMY ANDERSON AND HER DIRECTOR RICHARD FOSTER and her address acompany is 145 o’ connor street suite 204 ottwa, ont .k1p 1h1 TEL is 613 255 1274 and that sun of a b**** answered in a indian voice he dosen’t know his name and his name was rhonne so if that happened to you and he switched his name make sure you warn your children, friends, parents and anybody in united states and if it says money fom a diffrent country thats woron the true thing is that if it comes from outside united states its a scam for sure if your reading this and this had happened to you warn others because is no line. You dumr sun of a b**** i got you letter and i work for the goverment i know this is a scam so you better be ready because one of these days you will get screwed and i will laugh so bye you a** holes

      • I got one of these in the mail yesterday. Thanks to everyone who put this site together, I didn’t fall for it. I still really want to cash the check though…

  21. I recieved one in the mail box today, it is a check Window World Inc. P.O. box 2294, Williston ND. 58801 (866-364-6963) the check was for $1,998.65 It said I won 95,000.00, and I was told to call a phone #, and find out how send $1850.00 “TAX AND CLEARANCE FEE”.

    My wife ever skeptable said “This looks like a scam, to get you to send money on a bad check. She was right.

    • I TOO GOT THIS LETTER AND HAVE IDENTICAL WINNER # AND BATCH # AS MALINDA, I DEPOSITED THE CHECK BUT THANK GOD I FOUND THIS WEBSITE SO NOW I CAN CONTACT THE BANK. GREED DEFINETLY BLINDS YOU FOR A WHILE TILL U COME TO YOUR SENSES!

      • I recieved a letter in the mail today, not email but regular USPS mail. My letter was almost identical to that one belonging to mscaralynn. The check was for a different amount but the company name is the same, APEX FINANCIAL COMPANY, SUBSIDIARY OF BRITISH LOTTO CORPORATION, It did have a Canadian address but it wasn’t the same as the one on mscaralynn’s letter. It did not ask me to give them any personal or financial information. I was wondering what would or could happen if I were to cash this check and just keep the money. This money could be put to good use right now and it is sooooo tempting. I wanted also to ask mscaralynn what did you do with yours? Did you try to cash yours or not ?

  22. British Lottery Headquarters:

    Customer Service

    28 TANFIELD ROAD,

    CROYDON.LONDON

    Ref: BTL/491OXI/04

    Batch: 12/25/0304

    WINNING NOTIFICATION

    We happily announce to you the draw of the British Lottery International programs held on the 1st March,2006 in London. Your e-mail address attached to ticketBritish Lottery Headquarters:

    Customer Service

    28 TANFIELD ROAD,

    CROYDON.LONDON

    Ref: BTL/491OXI/04

    Batch: 12/25/0304

    WINNING NOTIFICATION

    We happily announce to you the draw of the British Lottery International programs held on the 1st March,2006 in London. Your e-mail address attached to ticketBritish Lottery Headquarters:

    Customer Service

    28 TANFIELD ROAD,

    CROYDON.LONDON

    Ref: BTL/491OXI/04

    Batch: 12/25/0304

    WINNING NOTIFICATION

    We happily announce to you the draw of the British Lottery International programs held on the 1st March,2006 in London. Your e-mail address attached to ticketBritish Lottery Headquarters:

    Customer Service

    28 TANFIELD ROAD,

    CROYDON.LONDON

    Ref: BTL/491OXI/04

    Batch: 12/25/0304

    WINNING NOTIFICATION

    We happily announce to you the draw of the British Lottery International programs held on the 1st March,2006 in London. Your e-mail address attached to ticket made available from a total cash prize of GBP125 Million, shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.

    This years Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for British Lottery. The estimated GBP125 million jackpot would be the sixth-biggest in U.K. history. The biggest was the GBP363 million jackpot that went to two winners in a May 2000 draw of The Big Game, Mega Millions’ predecessor. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in our play coupon. In view of this, your GBP2,500,000.00 (Two million, five hundred thousand,pounds) would be released to you by our affiliate bank in London. Our agent will immediately commence the facilitation of release of funds to you as soon as you establish contact. All participants were selected randomly from world wide web sites through a computer drawn system and extracted from over 100,000 companies. This promotion takes place annually.

    This is part of precautionary measures to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent with the below details for processing of your claims.

    AGENT:EDWARDS BURT

    TEL:+ 447040110822

    Email:claimbritishlottery@shymail.com

    To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please quote your reference/batch numbers in any correspondences with our designated agent. Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this program.

    Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.

    Sincerely,

    JESSICA HARRISON

    – British Lottery
    What is up with this i need to know. Can some one tell me if this is the same scam im hearing about it looks to be and if so thats a bunch of crap

    • OK LISTEN THIS IS WHAT I CAME UP WITH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM CONTACTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ON MONDAY ABOUT THIS-AFTER EXPLAINING TO HIM THE SITUATION I WILL LET HIM KNOW THAT I WANT TO CALL THIS DOUCHEBAG BACK AFTER THE CHECK CLEARS TO GET THE ADDRESS I AM SUPPOSED TO WESTERN UNION THE MONEY TO, AFTER GIVING ME THE ADDRESS I WILL THAN CONTACT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OR WHOEVER HE TELLS ME TO CONTACT, GIVE THEM THE ADDRESS SO THAT SOMEONE CAN BE THERE AT THAT ADDRESS TO CATCH THESE MUTHA’S-ILL WRITE BACK AND LET EVERYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

      • Just a few minutes ago, I recieved a snail mail with a return address of ELG PRIORITY PROCESSING, POSTBUS 74101, 1070BC AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS. The letter inside it says: “You have confirmed eligibility for entry into the official British National Lottery, with an upcoming prize payout of up to 150 Million pounds…..” I’ve seen a lot of email scams in my inbox but this snail mail is the first. The first thing that caught my attention is: where the hell did they get my address? My name? And why should I pay $15 as an entry fee. Well, I may sure be dreamin to get rich someday but this one is not gonna make me stupid.

        What do you think? Thanks.

  23. Well, I just got a check from the United British Lotto for 2,998.75 also. As with the other “winners” they requested another amount to be sent back to their North American agent. This has got to be a scam!! What I would do to help out with the consumers in your area is to call a local TV channel and have them tell everyone through the media about this scam. Once you acknowledge the receipt of this check they have information of your name, address and bank account number. If you deposited this check in your account I would suggest you change accounts immediately. The more people who are aware of this crime the less possiblity of them hitting others. FIGHT BACK! SEND EMAILS TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY SO THEY WILL BE AWARE OF THIS SCAM ALSO.

    • I received the $1,998.95 check in the mail 4/8/06 from the United British Lotto. The fraudelent check is written on a Wachovia account. What would happen if I take the check to Wachovia and attempt to cash it? Would the bank cash it? I would not deposit it in my personal account and I would not send them the requested $1,850.00 tax & clearance fee. I’d be happy with the $1,998.95.

      • hi everyone… i need help to see if my winnings is a scam???

        i got a certificate of award saying i won a lump sum from the bristish internationl lotto..

        they sent me a check for $1,965.00, the certificate says that i need to cash that check to pay for tax and clearance fee…. after i am clear they’ll send me the rest of my money…..

        the certicate says for me to contact an agent… they assigned me an agent named Nancy Wilson…

        their address is:
        Subsidiary of British Lotto Corporation
        11500 40th Avenue
        Edmonton Alberta, Canada T6J 0R6

        i called them and i finally got someone to talk to..they told me to cash the check at my bank, buy a money gram and send it to:
        Johnathan Pirlo
        4279 Browsky Drive
        Novascotia, Canada B5A 7F9

        they said to buy the money gram and call them back to give them confirmation number… and after i give them the number they will send me my check for the rest of my winnings…

        can someone please tell me if this is a scam??? Please… it would be very helpful because no one else would help me.

  24. I also received a check for 1998.94 and called in to the number and the lady told me to deposit the check I then knew it was a scam I just hope by calling the number wont hurt me in any way. Stay clear of the United British Lotto Scam Thank You for this website.

    • Today my mom received the United British Lotto Certificate of Award letter – with an eenclosed check for $1998.75. I immediately retireved the check from my mom and set out to search the web for just the type of information you and now I am providing to other unsuspecting and potential victims. They feed on the elderly and know that even a small amount of money is oftentimes a welcome windfall – even without the “big” prize. I hate them (the criminals) and all of the havoc and saddness their little scheme has created and will continue. The check sent was drawn on Commodity Management Systems – Using their correct mailing address but bogus phone number – I checked the company’s official site and will send them an email notification also. The check looked official – watermark and all and I would honestly believe that my Mom would have certainly deposited the check and eventually been out $1998.75. This has to stop!

      • hi everyone… i need help to see if my winnings is a scam???

        i got a certificate of award saying i won a lump sum from the bristish internationl lotto..

        they sent me a check for $1,965.00, the certificate says that i need to cash that check to pay for tax and clearance fee…. after i am clear they’ll send me the rest of my money…..

        the certicate says for me to contact an agent… they assigned me an agent named Nancy Wilson…

        their address is:
        Subsidiary of British Lotto Corporation
        11500 40th Avenue
        Edmonton Alberta, Canada T6J 0R6

        i called them and i finally got someone to talk to..they told me to cash the check at my bank, buy a money gram and send it to:
        Johnathan Pirlo
        4279 Browsky Drive
        Novascotia, Canada B5A 7F9

        they said to buy the money gram and call them back to give them confirmation number… and after i give them the number they will send me my check for the rest of my winnings…

        can someone please tell me if this is a scam??? Please… it would be very helpful because no one else would help me.

  25. The scam’s alive and well. I just got an email exactly like the one shown at the top of this column. Took a while to find your site with the warning. Glad you have the posting. Besides sending it to my SPAM folder I’ll be on the lookout for other scams.
    TRyan

    • I agree with Mr. Cee but mine is from compass bank, what if i did just go there and cash it, and not send them money, will anything hamful come of this??

      • I have recieved a letter also claiming its from something I signed up for North AMerican Sweepstakes as part of the International Promotions Program. My check though was for 1900.00 and financed for tax and clearance fee. It says Kindly deposit or cash the check to pay for the tax and clearance fee. Call the agent for more info….

        As with the above the name James Langford is the Prize Director. British INternational lotto. Please contact Peter Kinsley of APEX FINANCIAL COMPANY SUBISDIARY OF BRITISH LOTTO CORPORATION 11500 40th AVENUE. EDMONTON ALBERTA CANADA T6J0R6 tel 1-819-329-1970.

        The check though is from Merril Lynch and looks legit. I cannot see any flaws on it. Tomorrow my husband and I are going to the bank and to Merrill Lynch to find out. Everything is screaming Scam. Especially after seeing a duplicate name on here. However, like everyone else These people need to be stopped. Its like the companies preying on the elderly saying they have won just send in this amount of money or buy this or that. I’ve seen it happen too many times. I will post tomorrow what the bank and Merrill Lynch say. Im tempted to go to the police station as well.

  26. I called the company from which the check was issued, using the infomation I got from google search, and the checks are completely fraudulent!! The representative of Window World, Inc. said that thousands of these very official looking checks have been received by “winners”, and are counterfeit. I was sure it was a fraud, considering the check was issued from an American bank account, the agent was in Candada, and the lotto was British!! But of course, I had to make sure, because I do enter many lotteries online, including the UK Lotto.

    Maybe one of these days it will be real!!

    M. Atchison

    • I received the same CRAP in the mail today saying I won $95,250.00 and there was a check enclosed for $1,998.00 for the “taxes and fees”. I was not sure if it was all real until I called Wachovia bank and Mineral Technologies for some sort of explanation. And the one I got was SCAM!! Then I called the bastards back and told them that this was a big scam the man told me he did not have time for my BULLSHIT and hung up on me.So what are we all supposed to do about this? Do we try to cash the check and SCREW them like they want to do us? PLEASE HELP!!

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