The lottery scam is another popular scam that plays on people's greed.
Remember, "If it's too good to be true, it probably is".
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I have received many offers over the years to purchase lottery tickets from other countries.
I really don't know if Any of these were legitimate, but I'm not willing to take a chance.
I head to the shredder in a flash.
I am not about to put my extremely sensitive information in an email or on a piece of paper that is going to be floating around out there to how many different post offices, in how many countries, before it reaches it's destination.
If you're lucky enough to have it get to where it's going, you then have to worry whether the company and the people associated with it are legitimate.
I thought I would include this here, exactly the way it was received, so you can see what this type of letter looks like.
THE LOTTERY DEPARTMENTBMW LAND Automobiles22 Garden Close, Stamford,Lincs, PE9 2YP, LondonUnited Kingdom
Office of Prize Disbursement (OPD)
RE: PRIZE WINNER NOTICE – OFFICIAL DISIPATCH LETTER
Dear Prize Winner,
You have been approved for a Grand sum of Two Million Six HundredThousand Great British Pounds from the BMWLLAND Cars Promotional Lottery Department London UK – The selection process was carried out throughrandomselectionin our computerized email selection system(ess) from a data base of over Two Hundred and Fifity Thousand email addressesdrawn from all thecontinents of the world.The BMW LAND Cars Promotional Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR). This lottery is entry free which NO TICKETS ARE PURCHASED and we intend to sensitize the public. To begin theprocessingof your prize you are to contact your claims officer through ouraccreditedPrize Transfer agents as stated below:(Person’s name)22 Garden Close, Stamford,Lincs, PE9 2YP, LondonUnited KingdomEmail: (email address)Tel: there telephone numberContact him, please provide him with your secret pin code BMW:7pwyz2007 andyour reference number BMW:2255252555/23 and he will communicate to you further information as to when prize remittance will be effecte.
Name in full
Please indicate “X” for the option youwant your prize remitted to you. Listed are the options of receiving prize payment.
By Courier delivery of your prize;
Bank payment transfer/telegraphic transfer/swift transfer/online account transfer
Payment approval process:
Accept my hearty congratulations once again!BMWLLAND Lottery Manager.
There is no way in the world I would answer back to this e-mail in any way shape or form. Lottery scams are one of the biggest of the identity theft scams.
Federal and State Investigators have just broken up an Illegal Lottery Ring. Agents raided several Sacramento, California stores today. Six have been arrested so far, with more expected.
As you can see, lottery scams have glutted our e-mails. Please be aware of how these work and don't become a victim of these scams.