BBC Lottery Scam—update!

Hello y’all…decided to speak American Southern 😉

This morning I had fun writing a little post about a beautiful e-mail I received from a supposed employee from the BBC informing me that I’d won 750,000.00 GBP entitled: The BBC Lottery…uhm

Summerstommy was so kind to inform me that he too received the same e-mail…and Lilith Colbert went one step further sending me this great link: http://www.lottery.co.uk/info/bbc-lottery-scam.asp

Here is what it has to say:

“BBC Lottery Scam

It should go without saying that the BBC lottery scam does not originate from the BBC, but simply uses the term BBC Lottery to try and give itself a false air of respectability. The BBC lottery scam is propagated by an email message which tells the recipient that their email address has won a certain sum of money from the ‘BBC Lottery’. The BBC lottery scam email then requests that the recipient claim their prize by submitting several items of information. These include the full name of the recipient, mobile number, occupation, age and regular mailing address.

The BBC has broadcast National Lottery draws ever since the first draw-based game was launched in November 1994, and so many people would associate the BBC with National Lottery games. This BBC lottery scam seeks to exploit that close association in the public consciousness by suggesting that the BBC runs its own lottery game (the BBC Lottery) which purportedly uses email addresses instead of lottery tickets.

All of this is nonsense, of course. The BBC is a broadcasting corporation, not a lottery company, but the association between the BBC and the National Lottery in the UK is a strong one, and that means unwary individuals may well fall for the BBC lottery scam unless they look into it or have previously been forewarned about the scam, as we are doing here.

If an individual responds to the BBC lottery scam email and provides the information requested, the originators of the BBC lottery scam could then use that information for any number of criminal purposes, including identity theft. Should you ever receive a BBC lottery scam email, don’t be tempted to respond in any way, even if you only intend to give the sender a piece of your mind, because all that will do is confirm that your email address is live and active. Instead, the best thing to do is simply delete the BBC lottery scam email. Remember, you can only win a lottery game if it actually exists and if you actually bought yourself a ticket!”

Now…where is the Interpol when we need them?  Right here!  Interpol: Lottery Fraud.

“INTERPOL:

Lottery fraud

Lottery fraud is one of many different types of advance-fee fraud, where the perpetrator attempts to persuade a potential victim to pay fees in advance or relatively small sums of money for a service he or she has never asked for.

In the case of a lottery scam, the money has to be paid for the transfer of a huge lottery win. Very often, names of popular companies or organizations are misused to give the lottery a trustworthy impression. Common media are the Internet, mobile devices and cell phones.

We are currently supporting a  private sector initiative to raise awareness of the scams and to aid investigations.

Advice

If you have received an unexpected letter about a significant lottery win which has to be transferred from a foreign country to your account:

  • Do not reply to any of these messages;
  • Do not send any money;
  • Do not send or hand over identification documents – not even copies;
  • Never give details of your bank accounts or payment cards;
  • Never open any attachments. (Darn…I opened the link to the BBC Lottery!)

If you are already in contact with these criminals or have already paid advance fees:

  • Save all received and sent email and text messages;
  • Save all documents of transactions and remittances;
  • Never agree to meet the criminals in person in order to receive a prize – you will not receive any money and you may be putting yourself in danger.
  • Contact your local police immediately and follow their advice.

Don’t forget: you cannot win a prize for a lottery in which you have never participated.”

 

Oh…and have fun 😉 Loki is running amok … Ciao!  Bastet!