The BBC Lottery…uhm

Hello!  So a Mrs. Debra Stephenson, whom I’ve never met before in my life, sent me an e-mail yesterday: object Xmas Award…

First of all, I never ever open my e-mail on my computer.  I haven’t had Outlook, Thunderbird or any other form of e-mail reader activated on my computer since 2003.  I just go to my mail servers and read what comes in there.  So…without worrying too much, I opened this very suspicious letter.

Second of all, the other day Michael at Morpethroad blog, sent me a comment about lottery tickets and I thought it’d be cool to write about the scams tied on these events, you know the false “You’ve Won!! post that pop up from time to time…but had no material, so I gave up the idea…now tell me people that the Akashic Library doesn’t exist!

Here’ the letter from Mrs. Stephenson:

Oggetto: Xmas Award
Data: 19/12/2013 11:53

Saturday December 14th, 2013.draw no. 1663
WINNING NO: (13 23 24 25 26 30 BONUS 04)

Your e-mail had won you 750,000.00 GBP. in the ongoing UK NATIONAL
visit and send

1.Name; 2.Address; 3.Phone Number; 4.Postal Code; 5.Occupation;

Note: That you are required to indicate b/w Bank Transfer Or Courier
Delivery as your claim options.

Congratulations from the entire BBC Staffs
Debra Stephenson.


So…what do you think…have I’ve just become a proud winner of 750,000.00 GBP?  Note, that I don’t buy lottery tickets,  British or other wise, I live in Italy, don’t subscribe to the BBC…though I may have registered with them a few years back.

This is not the first time that during this season I’ve received  a “You’ve Won!!!” email.  Some of the posts are really so laughable.  They usually want your bank account number or your retirement info.  This one is perplexing though…all I can say is:  really convincing.  But I’m not going to be sending my info to Mr. Tom Watson at  I’ve got enough spam mail popping up as is!

In the old days of snail mail, you’d often receive this sort of enthusiastic mail around Christmas…it usually came from some Book of the Month club or whatever, and if you chanced to fall for it, you found yourself with a two year contract you weren’t interested in or you bought something you’d never think to buy.  It happened to a friend of mine back in 1983.  He sent the card right back with all his info…and had a great subscription where he guaranteed he’d buy something like 500.000 lira of books in a year.

Have you ever recieved any e-mail like this?  What do you do when you get a:  “You’ve Won!!!….” e-mail or snail mail post?  What do you do with this sort invitation?  What do you feel like?

And of course if I have won 750,000 GBP and I don’t answer…I just blew it.  The doubt is there…all the things I could do with the money…sigh.

Have a great day folks and don’t let the Gremlin and Loki take you for a ride.

14 thoughts on “The BBC Lottery…uhm

  1. Shame on them for trying to scam a Goddess…. the bank transfer requirement is a dead giveaway.

    1] b/c it requires you to give your account number 2] the courier service just might CHARGE you for delivery of a letter that contains nada 3] there would be a way to reply and claim your winnings either by phone or snail mail or even in person.

    Transfers like that aren’t generally done in that amount without some strict protocol.


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    • Yea…it’s the first one I’ve had in oodles of time. If you look at the address it came in with, it looks kind of legit. So, someone has found a way to get through the spam filter.


      • I remember being told a few years back that these types of emails increase around the holidays. People try to take advantage of fatigue and the dip in restraint/common sense around this time of year. Haven’t seen that Nigerian Prince email in years though.


        • Nigerian Prince e-mail…pray, do tell what’s that about? I think you’re right about the seasonal increase of scams…but then, some people really do believe Santa comes down the chimney…


          • It’s a classic e-mail scam where somebody claims to be a Nigerian Prince. I think it works that you have to send them money or your credit card info, so they can reclaim their throne or something. It varies, but it’s become synonymous with these types of scams.


          • lol…can’t imagine anyone who’d fall for that…nothing in it for them. Who falsl for the lottery stuff I think are looking for the classical something for nothing.


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