A reader forwarded me this scam. The UK National Lottery don’t hold random email draws.  The only way to enter the National Lottery is to buy a ticket.  If you win, they don’t contact you (they don’t know who you are), you need to contact them.  Why, I wonder, does this scammer think the FBI (An American organisation) would need to investigate claims – we do have a Police force of our own!

This is a scammer, hoping to steal you money by charging you fees.  Ignore them.  You can find the real National Lottery here.

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1N
18th November 2009


All protocols observed. Please accept my apologies for my late response. My Name is Renner Merle David. I work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). I am a contract staff currently attached to Verification department of the Camelot Group of the Online National Lottery. This is in lieu of checking false winning claims and Lottery Scams. Every claimant shall be verified by the FBI and winners must be duly paid. False claimants shall also be duly punished. I received an application letter sent by your Fiduciary agent, Mr. Daniel Smith for the Claim of your Lottery Winnings. The application is to be verified by the National Lottery. Note that all taxes have been paid by the National Lottery. Please read the extract of our terms and conditions below.

•In the event that the Company, in its absolute discretion, believes that the Claimant is not lawfully entitled to payment of a Prize or that a Prize has been paid to a Player (including, without limitation, by payment into a Players Account in circumstances where the Company decides, in accordance with Rule 5(D)(3) that the Claimed Play is invalid or defective, it shall be entitled to withhold payment of the Prize or recover or seek to recover a Prize already paid (including, without limitation, where such payment has been made into a Players Account) pending the outcome of all appropriate inquiries. Once the appropriate verifications and inquiries have satisfied the Company, in its absolute discretion, that the Claimant is lawfully entitled to payment of the relevant Prize, it shall credit the amount of such Prize to the Players Account.

•????????The Player is responsible, where applicable, for claiming a Prize and the protection of the Identification Information that enables the payment of a Prize.

•????????The Company shall not be responsible or liable to any person claiming a Prize which has been paid to a person who assumed the identity of the holder of the relevant Account and who obtained sufficient information about them to impersonate the rightful holder of that Account.

According to the application submitted by Daniel Smith on your behalf, your claim states your winning details as follows
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/06/ZY369
Draw Number: 1435
Draw Date: Wednesday, 23rd Sepember 2009
Ticket Number: 56475600545 188
Serial Number: 5627635368/09
Lucky Number: 23 25 28 41 46 47 (bonus no.27)
Amount Won: £3,681,197(Three Million, six hundred and eighty-one thousand, one hundred and ninety-seven British Pounds Sterling).

Please note that this is an online bonus promotion. Your email address was extracted by our computer from one of our advertising websites. We have over 3,000 advertising websites. You did not purchase a ticket. The Ticket was purchased for you by the online department of the National Lottery using your email address. Your email address was attached to ticket number 56475600545 188. On Wednesday, 23rd Sepember 2009 your email address attached to the above ticket number matched the numbers 23 25 28 41 46 47 (bonus no.27) which subsequently won you the amount of £3,681,197(Three Million, six hundred and eighty-one thousand, one hundred and ninety-seven British Pounds Sterling). According to the current conversion rate, this amount in the United States Dollars is USD$7, 306, 515 (Seven Million, three hundred and six thousand, five hundred and fifteen United States Dollars). You were contacted via email as no other contact of yours was in our system as at the time of the draw. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Germany as indicated in your play coupon.

You are required to:

1. Acknowledge the receipt of this email and confirmation of your claim stated above.
2. Reconfirm your full names and address as this would be used for your payment.

Please allow 2 working hours to verify your claim.