Mine is similar to a few rip off reports posted already. The same old trick.A certain Mrs. Elizabeth Walter of the National Lottery sends me email informing me to count myself extremely lucky to have emerged as one of their winners in this years lucky dip sweepstakes.
My email address was randomly selected along with others from over 125,000 website on the internet of which mine appearantly was attached to a ticket number"023-1111-790-458" with a BATCH NUMBER and a REFERENCE NUMBER. I was told that I have been approved to claim a total sum of 552,000,00. In order to do this I was referred to a dispatch agent, Mr Jefferson Peters of ACORN EXPRESS COURIERS L.T.D or at Tell: +44 70111 21763 / +44 70111 47485 Fax: +448 70479 5004 / +448 70974 3773 of Email: email@example.com to "begin the final step" of claimimg the winnings.
Also, I had to complete a verification form provided in the email with scanned copies of my pasport, ID or any identififcation and sumit such to Mr Peters. I checked up on the internet and a company named ACORN EXPRESS COURIERS is registered but the emails from Peters only include the street address (namely UNIT 63,EVENS BUSINESS CENTER,BELGRAVE) without any contact details as provided by Mrs Walters. I got suspicious cos anyone can open and close a yahoo.com or yahoo.co.uk accounts at any given time. Especialy after you have been forced to part with your hard earned money to claim your winning.
To fast forward, I was given three option to claim the funds. Option 1 pay 850 british pounds option 2 pay 560 british pounds option 3 pay 450 british pounds or option 4 to pay 2,760 for "wired transfer" into ACCOUNT- PLATINUM PLUS PROCUREMENT SERVICES BANK: NATWEST BANK SORT CODE:60-00-01
ACCOUNT NUMBER :39211665 IBAN:GB43NWBK60000139211665
SWIFT CODE:NWBKGB2L BANK ADDRESS:CITY OF LONDON OFFICE 1 PRINCES STREET, LONDON,EC2R 8PA
Below is the final reply I got from (ACORN EXPRESS COURIERS LTD) after I insisted on proof that theirs might not be some sort of an internet scam.
UNIT 63,EVENS BUSINESS CENTER,BELGRAVE
IND EST BELLSHILL,ML4 3NP
INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY DEPARTMENT
ATTN: STEFANUS MORRIS
IN RESPONSE TO YOUR MAIL,WE DO UNDERSTAND THE CONTENT OF YOUR MAIL AND WE WANT TO INFORM YOU THAT THIS IS A COURIER DEPARTMENT,AND OUR DUTY IS TO DISPATCH FUNDS ON SEVERE SECURITY TO LEGITIMATE WINNERS LIKE YOU.AGAIN THERE WAS A MISTAKE IN YOUR CONVERSION FOR THE COT CHARGES WHICH IS 2,760POUNDS.THE CORRECT EQUIVALENT IN UNITED STATE DOLLARS IS $5,235 DOLLARS.YOU CAN GO TO WWW.XE.COM TO DO THE CONVERSION RATE FROM GREAT BRITISH POUNDS (GBP) TO UNITED STATE DOLLARS (USD) YOURSELF FOR CONFIRMATION.
WE ARE SORRY,WE WILL SINCERELY WANT TO REBUKE YOU FOR USING SUCH SILLY LANGUAGE JUST AS A SCHMUCK WILL DO.WE ARE A FULLY REGISTERED COMPANY WITH BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND HAS THE RIGHT TO SUE AND BE SUED.HENCE,YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SUE OUR COMPANY IF WE DO NOT MEET UP WITH OUR OWN PART OF THE CONTRACT AS LONG AS YOU ADHERE TO OUR INSTRUCTIONS.
YOU ARE THEREFORE ADVICED TO GO AHEAD AND MAKE THE PAYMENT FOR THE COT CHARGES TO ENABLE US COMPLETE THIS PROCESS ON TIME.
ENSURE YOU EMAIL SCANNED COPY OF PAYMENT SLIP TO US FOR CONFIRMATION.
MIND YOU,WE ARE NOT PICKING OFFENCE WITH YOU AS WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF FINANCIAL SCAM GOING ON,ON THE INTERNET
HENCE,YOUR OUTBURST.BUT WE BELEIVE THAT YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN AN UNFURTUNATE PREY TO SUCH.
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR SWIFT RESPONSE TO THIS MAIL,TO ENABLE US CARRY OUT OUR DUTY WITH THE LOTTERY BOARD AS REGARD THE WIRING OF YOUR FUNDS TO YOU.
MR JEFFERSON PETERS
ACORN EXPRESS COURIER LTD
I'll be happy if Mrs Elizabeth walters and Mr Jefferson Peters if ever that is their real names can proof that this is/was not a scam, I'd be happy. But I know better