Lottery scams are one of the most common types of scams.  Scammers cheat people out of millions of dollars each year by tricking their victims into sending money to the scammers after being told that they have won a lottery, but are required to pay fees or taxes in order to collect their prize. It is hard to win any lottery. It is impossible to win one that you have not even entered and yet scam artists, the only criminals we refer to as artists have found that it is extremely lucrative to scam people by convincing them that they have won various lotteries.

Most lottery scams involve the victims being told that they need to pay taxes or administrative fees directly to the lottery sponsor; however no legitimate lottery requires you to do so.  As with many effective scams, the pitch of the scammer seems legitimate. Income taxes are due on lottery winnings, but with legitimate lotteries they are either deducted from the lottery winnings before you receive your prize or you are responsible for paying the taxes directly to the IRS. No legitimate lottery collects taxes on behalf of the IRS from lottery winners.  Other times, the scammer tell the “winners” that in order to collect their prizes, they need to pay administrative fees. Often, the victims are told to send the fees back to the scammer by prepaid gift cards or Green Dot MoneyPak cards. Prepaid cards are a favorite of scammers because they are the equivalent of sending cash. They are impossible to stop or trace. Again, no legitimate lottery requires you to pay administrative fees in order to claim your prize

Today’s impressive lottery scam starts with an email, a copy of which is reproduced below.

“From: UK LOTTERY <natwestonlinedept@gmail.com>
To:
Sent: Tue, Oct 12, 2021 2:24 pm
Subject: NOTIFICATION!!!
UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION
NO 5 Featherstone Street,
London, EC1Y 8RN, United Kingdom
Attention: E-mail beneficiary.
We happily announce to you the result of the electronic email address
ballot system of UK Lottery draw held on 11th October 2021 with
REF#48303, we use this medium to inform you that your email address
has won $450,000.00USD from the UK Lottery Program. For processing and
payment of your lottery prize funds to you immediately be advised to
contact Mr. Jason Powell by email with the information’s below.
Full Name:
Address:
Mobile Contact:
Reference Number:
Mr. Jason Powell.
Tel Ph: +447537102655
Contact the above email with your details and reference number and
thank you from the staff and thank you for being part of the email
account user program.
Yours Sincerely.
Mrs. Sophia Fletcher”
There are many indications that this is a scam.  The email address of the sender has no relation to the real national lottery of the United Kingdom and the email doesn’t even indicate the name of the person receiving the email because it is the same phony email sent to thousands of other people.  Most importantly it is impossible to have won this lottery without entering and for those people in the United States who received this email it is important to note that it is illegal to play foreign lotteries except when you are actually present in the other country.

TIPS

As I have often told you, it is difficult to win a lottery you have entered.  It is impossible to win one that you have not even entered.  You should always be skeptical about being told that you have won a lottery you never entered.   While it is true that income taxes are owed on lottery winnings, legitimate lotteries never collect tax money from winners.  They either deduct the taxes from the winnings or leave it up to the winners to pay their taxes directly to the IRS.  You also should never pay a fee to collect a legitimate lottery prize.

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