As with so many others, here is the "winner" notification that I received today. It does look quite convincing, though a quick look at the email haeder properties quickly reveals that the real source of the mail is as follows :
Received: from x75.infopact.nl (126.96.36.199)
I believe this to be simply a proxy server, so it will probably be difficult to know the real sender, and in any event, I have much better things with which to occupy my time.
I doubt very strongly that the National UK Lottery Board would send anything from any server that does not at least have a .co.uk internet address
Equally, if one simply enters the name cited in the mail ; Sir Bill Stone(Esq), in Google, the result is negative, very surprising for somebody of such importance that he received a knighthood from her gracious majesty !!
DON'T BE TAKEN IN, If you have any doubts (which as a matter of normal prudence, you should have), then take 5 seconds to look at your mail headers - simple.
THE NATIONAL LOTTERY BOARD
HOME OFFICE: 165 FULHAM PALACE RD. W6 8JB UNITED KINGDOM.
This Email is to inform you that your email address emerged a winner on our online Draw (#1212), which was played on the Saturday 04 2007. Your email won you the sum of 4,771,402 British Pounds Sterling For further Information about your Winnings,contact our Lottery
Fiduciary Agent Sir Bill Stone with the following contact Address.
Name;Sir Bill Stone(Esq)
E-mail Address:- email@example.com
Telphone Number: +447045706318
Website : http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/results/results.do
Congratulations once again.