Monday, 3 December 2007

I won ... the UK Lottery 4 times NOT !

heehee - I won the UK lottery 30th Nov, 1st Dec and 2nd Dec and I don't even remember buying a ticket ... as well as on 30th Nov my email address won with UK Lottery board. Plus another lady wants to give me 25% +10% of $ 7 million for my help.

Seriously, well I am not buying it... if you really want to know more about email /internet scams go visit Snoskred. She explains it far better than I ever could.

Plus if someone forwards you an amazing or WOW email story, plea for a missing person or other things that leave you wondering ~ this site truth or fiction will tell you -no doubt ! Find the truth and be saved the embarssment of spreading a false rumour or story.


Veronica said...

If I don't win the UK lottery every 2 days, I know that something is wrong.

I wonder if anyone ever believes it?

baby~amore' said...

OH Veronica , my hopes are dashed !
Sadly - there must be ...else Snoskred wouldn't be warning us. My sister works in fraud for which bank and she has told us a few cheque /credit scam stories.

Nap Warden said...

I win the UK lottery, and the Irish lotter almost every other day. Does anyone fall for that? I don't get it...

Snoskred said...

Yes, people believe it. There are many people out there who have believed all their life that one day they are going to win the lottery. When they get the email, it is something they have been expecting for a long time.

A lot of the victims are elderly people new to the internet, people who don't speak English well, people who have never heard of the scams before.

The lottery scam is one of the more successful ones that the scammers run.

And the victims are hooked into it gradually. They'll be told they need to pay $100 for taxes, or fees. And they'll think - I pay $100 to get my millions. That's ok. So they pay it. Then they are told they need to pay a few hundred for this or that. They've already invested financially and emotionally, and psychologically they have spent that won money already. So they'll pay the few hundred.

Then it might be a few thousand. This is the time that they might start to question what is going on, but often they'll pay that too.

To the scammers a few hundred is enough to live for a year in their country. And in their country this is an accepted way to make a living. The police are corrupt and nobody gets arrested except perhaps the rare show put on for the media.

The scammers adapt what they are doing constantly. Their latest scam involves phishing for email accounts and then locking the owner of the email account out, and then emailing all the friends and family of the owner saying that they travelled to Nigeria (or it might be Canada, or the UK, or even somewhere in the US, if that scammer gang has someone located there) for work and now need money. They just need one to pay something.

So once we educate people about one scam, they start using another one, and then we have to educate everyone about that. It's an impossible job but we keep trying because we don't want anyone to get scammed.


WorksForMom said...

All it takes is for 1 out of 1 million to believe it and they make their money. DANG! Sad but true.

If only, eh?

Parents Home said...

your boys are gorgeous..

would be great to meet(online)you and your boys!

frog ponds rock... said...

*sigh* I win the lottery every week as well.. It is the phonecalls that tell me that i have won a holiday to the bahamas that really give me the pip...

cheers kim

Natalie said...

I'm jealous! I only won twice this week. LOL!

lilaussieprem said...

I am always receiving these emails! They drive me nuts!! hehe

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