Scam of the day – January 23, 2014 – Bayford lottery scam

In 2012 Adrian and Gillian Bayford of Suffolk, England were lucky enough to win 148 million pounds in the EuroMillions lottery.  Since that time there have been a number of emails, including one that has recently surfaced, in which you are told that the Bayfords are donating money to a number of people around the world as part of a charity to improve the lives of people and that you are one of those lucky people.  Often the email to you will include a link to a newspaper story about the Bayfords winning the lottery.  Of course, like all lottery scams, you at first are told that there is no cost to you, but then cost upon cost is required before you can get the money.  This scam ended up costing an elderly Australian man $200,000.  Whether the costs requested are for administrative fees, taxes or whatever, they are just a part of a scam from which you will receive nothing.

TIPS

As I have endlessly told you, you do not win contests that you have not entered and no legitimate lottery or giveaway, such as described in this scam ever requires you to pay costs to receive your money.  While income taxes are indeed owed on the winnings, they are not paid to the sponsor of the contest, but directly by you to the IRS or other taxing authority.  You never pay taxes to the contest sponsor.  While the scammers thought they were being clever by referring to the names of actual lottery winners in the scam email, it also can be part of their downfall because if you Google “Bayford scam” you will find information letting you know that this is a scam.  By the way, lucky in contests doesn’t necessarily mean that you are lucky everywhere.  The Bayfords split up in November of 2013 although they say that they are still friends.

Scam of the day – July 18, 2013 – Latest lottery scam

Like many of the scams I write about, today’s Scam of the Day comes from my own email.  Today I received an email, a copy of which is reproduced below.  In the email I am promised  a gift of more than a million pounds being generously promised to me by a couple whom I have never heard of and never met.  Interestingly the email is not even addressed to me by name, but rather carries no salutation whatsoever.  Like all lottery scams, if you contact the person promising you the money, you will soon learn that there are many fees, costs or taxes that must be paid first in order to claim your prize.  Legitimate lotteries do not charge anything.  With lottery scams, you pay the requested amounts, but never receive anything in return.  Remember, it is hard enough to win a legitimate lottery that you have entered.  It is impossible to win a lottery that you haven’t even entered.

“My wife and I won the Euro Millions Lottery & will be donating £1.5 Million Pounds to you in our ongoing lucky draws donations. Please get back to us with your Name, Age, Tel, Country and i will send you more details how your funds will be sent to you.

Please read the article – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-19254228

Gillian & Adrian Bayford”

TIPS

If you Google the names Gillian and Adrian Bayford, you will indeed find that they did win 148 million pounds in the EuroMillions lottery in August of 2012.  The email that is being presently circulated is not from the Bayfords and even if it were, one would wonder why they decided almost a year later to give you a chunk of their winnings.  Whenever you receive a notice that you have won a lottery that you have never entered, you should just delete and ignore it.  Advance fee lottery scams prey upon our greed and desire for an easy dollar, but if you end up paying anything to the people who contact you as a part of one of these phony lotteries, the only easy money is the money that the scam artist receives from you.