Pink Hill Woman Gets Scam Email

Here's another savvy "Scam Alert" viewer who pointed out a lottery scam with a twist.

Suzie Baker from Pink Hill got several emails saying she'd won 765,000 pounds from a division of the Heritage Lottery Fund. The email says her email address was randomly selected as the lucky prize winner. The explanation of how they company got her email is the new twist. It says:
"How did you win? Very well, it is no longer news that people surf different websites and pages everyday! On these websites and pages, you occasionally leave your email address(es) on their pages and guest books. Either through the signup of newsletters or accounts! Have you recently visited a website? Then, You are lucky! Your favourite website might have won you this. We have decided to reward all internet surfers accordingly for their loyalty through
continuous patronage."

We contacted the Heritage Lottery Fund in the United Kingdom, and they confirmed they did not send the email Suzie received. In fact, the fund is a beneficiary of lottery proceeds, not the group that pays them out.

Our thanks to Suzie for passing this scam along to all of us.

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  • by Sally Location: Jacksonville on May 22, 2008 at 02:18 PM
    I recieved a similar email saying that I had won a huge sum of money from a similar 'organization'. I thought it was fishy, because they said I'd won from "visiting the Web!" I just deleted it, pronto.
  • by doolde Location: Pink Hill on May 14, 2008 at 01:44 PM
    i got the same email, but i just deleted it.
  • by Denyse Location: Longmeadow Ma. on May 2, 2008 at 10:44 AM
    I cannot say how wonfderful it was to find this site. What a great service you provide-so much so that I contacted our local newspaper in the next town and told them to look you up so we could have the same alert. I am sure there are more out there doing what you do but you are the one I was lucky enough to stumble upon while trying to validate one of these predators. I am ashamed to say being so desperate for money I have volumes of material from the different places. Sometimes I wonder if it is just one hundred headed monster doing the same thing under different aliases. It is obvious on a few how the same scribble posing for a signature is used. One really wishes they could be in front of you to tear them apart and ridicule their cheap amateurish garbage they try to infuse in normal harwworking scmucks' lives. Thanks again it has been such a wonderful thing to see one is not alone in the mire. Keep up the great job you started. You have no idea how priceless it is.

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