Don't fall for a Lotto Scam
Everyday thousands of people receive emails telling them they have won a prize. Many claim that the reader has won a prize from some lottery. Sometime it's a name of a fake charity "The Loving Life Lottery" or more often there is reference to a real lottery game as a "Hot Lotto" or "Powerball". These criminals even add links to the winning numbers on site like AllLotto.com to help confuse the reader that AllLotto is not only sending the email, but is responsible for your winning. Unfortunately, none of what you read in that email is true, there is no lottery, there are no prizes and most importantly there is never any cost for cashing in a real lottery prize.
If someone asks you to pay for a prize, it is not a prize, it's a scam and don't give them your money.
Let's be realistic here: How did you win a prize in a Lottery which you did not enter? How did the state lottery, which sells tickets, anonymously via convenience and grocery stores find your email? But most importantly, how is it that the lottery is expecting you to pay to get your prize? Taxes are taken out from the prize, not paid before the prize is awarded.
If you get a letter like this, it's a SCAM - don't answer!
From: "POWER BALL LOTTERY" <firstname.lastname@example.org >
To: "ali alomaisi" <email@example.com>
Subject: PENDING CLAIMS PROCESS COMPLETED
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 06:35:54 -0500
Multi-State Lottery Association
Attn: ALI SALEH ALOMAISI
PENDING CLAIMS PROCESS COMPLETED
In regards to your pending claim processing, your prize-winning
certificate had been endorsed by The United Kingdom Gaming Board. We
have forwarded for courier delivery the following items,
1) Award Prize (Original Copy)
2) Official Letter of Winning Notification
3) A Cashier Cheque of cash value US $ 500,000 (Issued for claims by
only your Name)
The Powerball Inter Lotto BV has officially approved the "INTER-EURO
CARRIER" an International courier company to carryout direct delivery
of your winnings to your address.
The courier contact are issued below:
OCEANIC WORLDWIDE COURIER DELIVERY INTERNATIONAL.
Correspondence: (Customer Service)
Handling Agent: Mr. Scott Bill.
You are hereby advised to make direct contact with the above courier
company, for further processes and to facilitate the immediate
delivery approval of your consolation cash prize.
PLEASE NOTE: NON-RESIDENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE TO BORNE EXPENSES
FOR THEIR COURIER DELIVERY.For further correspondenceand with due
certification, please update this office with your current status for
subsequent development in regards to this pending claim exercise.
Congratulation once again,
Mr. Perry Bryant
POWERBALL LOTTO. BV
Here are some common scams being warned about on the Powerball site: Common Powerball Scams