These scammers are getting good. Now they include a link in their emails to the official uk lotto website so you can check your winning numbers. These numbers are from past winners so when you enter them of course they will come back as being winning numbers. DO NOT LET THIS FOOL YOU! All of this is so you will believe their scam. They are not requesting any personal info on some of these emails, again dont let this fool you. They will almost always at some point refer you to a courier service that has to be paid in order to collect your winnings. IF YOU HAVE WON , YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO PAY A COURIER TO COLLECT YOUR WINNINGS PERIOD!
Please read the following common lotto scams. This information was obtained and copied from a link off of the official uk lotto web site.
Common lottery scams
Lottery scam (fraudulent) emails are increasing at an alarming rate.
Scam emails try to persuade the recipient to submit personal information or to part with money as an upfront payment in order to release a 'winning' lottery prize.
As a general rule, if you have not purchased a ticket for The National Lottery, you will not have won a prize, and you should treat the email with absolute caution.
The following points are some things to look for in order to identify a fraudulent email:
If the email says 'Winning Notification' or 'Lottery Sweep Stake' in the text, the email you've received is not from The National Lottery;
We don't tell players how much they've won in an email;
We don't ask for any personal information like name, address or bank details in an email.
There is no need to contact us if you have received a lottery-related scam (fraudulent) email.
As we are constantly looking to improve our communication with our players, we have now changed all our email addresses to the following:
We will now use only these addresses to send you all important communication such as purchase confirmations and rollover alerts.
To ensure your National Lottery emails reach you, please add us to your Address Book or Safe Senders' List. Find out how to add us to your Address Book.
Common lottery scams - further assistance:
The National Lottery website is safe and secure. Nevertheless, you need to be on your guard against internet fraudsters. Below are details of some of the more common fraudulent activities:
Email scams that claim you have won a lottery prize:
These scams work in two ways:
Method 1: Persuade the victim to part with personal information to allow the scammers to carry out identity theft.
Method 2: Persuade the victim to part with money as an upfront payment in order to release a winning lottery prize which does not exist.
Signs of a fraudulent email:
There may be embedded links (links within the body of the email) that look legitimate because they contain all or part of a real company's name. These links may take you to spoof sites which ask you to update personal information, or may download key-logging software onto your computer;
Spoof websites can be difficult to spot. To make sure you're on our site, type www.national-lottery.co.uk into your browser and see if you arrive at the same place.
WARNING THEY ARE NOW INCLUDING LINKS TO THE OFFICIAL SITE IN THESE BOGUS EMAILS. THE NUMBERS IN YOUR EMAILS ARE FROM ACTUAL PAST WINNERS! THEY TRY TO MAKE THEM APPEAR AS IF THESE ARE YOUR WINNING NUMBERS. IF YOU CHECK THE DRAWING DATE, IT WILL NEVER BE CURRENT, USUALLY IT WILL BE A COUPLE OF WEEKS OLD. RULE OF THUMB: REMEMBER IF YOU DID NOT PURCHASE A LOTTO TICKET THEN YOU HAVE NOT WON!