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!

Just A Note: The Dark Side of Cyberspace

Today, I received a mail from one of my favorite bloggers…she informed me that she was being trolled because she commented on a lovely blog I followed! She also informed me that he, one of my favorite bloggers had taken down his post because he was being harassed and threatened on his blog.

Oh sure, it’s not just a WordPress problem…it happens on the Facebook, it happens on Amazon or Goodreads…it happens where people are doing their thing and some troll needs a victim.

This is not the first time it has come to my attention that there is in fact a dark side to blogging and cyberspace in general.  All too often, some of us are spammed, hacked, threatened, ranted at and generally accused of the most atrocious acts of cyber vandalism or plagiarism or being trolls!

I’ve seen people suddenly disappear, one in particular was a great blog I followed when I began blogging, he posted other people’s photos…he went down, changed his name, generally re-structured his blog and when he came back on-line refused comments for months, so maybe he wasn’t threatened…or maybe yes he was, unless he says something, we’ll never know.  I’ve even seen people stalk other people and then accuse innocent by-standers of being the oppressors!  Many people get trolled and just never say a word…they take what action they feel will make them less vunerable…maybe they just leave.

I’ve read of bloggers dumping on other people’s posts, insisting to be acknowledged and followed, whether or not they have liked or followed the post their threatening…this has happened to me, in fact this morning:

“Mind follow me?? Or …. =)”

Maybe that wasn’t a threat, just pure bad manners!

A few months ago, after reading a big time blogger…a Freshly Pressed blog no less, I looked around his blog to see if maybe I’d like to follow him…and there it was again: people dumping and spamming…seems that here they were worried about the problem of sudden big increases in their reader’s stats and off the wall comments etc.  The gist of the comments were, that once you get a certain amount of followers, you become fair game for the vultures.

Then there’s the crazy e-mail messages that start popping up…the stalkers and general weirdos, or maybe just the lonely legit people who want to make friends, but one never knows.  I got a mail the other day like this…the person said I didn’t know who that person was, but would like to be friends and exchange photos…one presumes it was a woman, I’m not sure…there was no indication to whom this person even was or where she/he popped up from…obviously, my address was copied from my Gravatar…but as the person indicated no blog…I marked it as spam and will every single time.  I don’t accept gifts from strangers or rides either for that matter, part of my up-bringing.

Outside of trashing molesting requests…marking as spam unrequested solicitations, and of course writing a post like this, I must say, there is very little it would seem that a blogger can do to protect his or herself.  Thrice fellow bloggers have written to me because I’ve commented on their blogs favorably (it’s what I do…a lot 😉 ) and since they’d been trolled were worried about me getting some backlash.

If people disappear suddenly, now I wonder, have they been somehow mistreated, has some troll threatened them, have they been stalked, has someone just for the fun of it hit that button “Report This Content” and rather than go through the hassle of defending themselves just given up?

Blogging is a wonderful experience for the most part…and it’s hard work.  I’m a daily blogger and part of a great team collaboration to boot.  I spend hours preparing my posts and reading other people’s posts as well as commenting  and responding to the notifications and messages I receive.  That in itself can be one hell of a good reason to drop out of blogging too.  You get tired, stressed and need to just sit back and relax.  Imagine then some hairy snotgreen-eyed invidious bit of troll stalking you too!

Not a happy reflection for a Sunday morning I know…by the way, my blogging friend didn’t write peppy sarcasm, poetry, stories or anything like that he wrote about Philosophy, in a very academic way, to some it would probably have been boring in the extreme, long complicated stuff, which probably took hours to research and write…but someone accused him of plagiarism and threatened him.  It was there to be read by all…but no longer Tongue Sandwich is gone…thanks to trolling, the dark side of blogging.  I’m very sad today.