There have been some big wins on the National Lottery and Euromillions this year, leading to an increase in bogus emails.
You'll get an email saying you've won a fortune and all you need to do is send back some information to claim your riches. As ever, it's your banking details the scammers are after.
What to do: It's a pretty unsophisticated scam to be honest. If you receive an email saying you've won a jackpot or prize but you haven't entered any competition or lottery, then it's a scam. Press delete and move on. If you do play the National Lottery or Euromillions, you should look for any suspicious signs in the email, for example is it addressed to you directly? If you're really not sure, contact lottery organiser Camelot.
I receive these types of email nearly every day, millions held in bank accounts and help needed to move it, lottery wins, bank account updates etc.
Some of them are from supposed "Christians" and being a Christian myself I reply with a short version of the gospel of Jesus Christ, pointing out what will happen when they die if they continue with what they are doing.
I then save their email address in a special contacts folder and then send follow up emails every month with short, parable like stories, again pointing out to them the error of their ways and towards Jesus.
I have actually had two responses apologising for their actions.
I'm not sure how sincere they were but at least they read my replies.
Here`s another one.
I got an email acknowledging receipt of my order for a Tom Tom ap.
I have`nt got a Tom Tom.
I was told the invoice and goods wereon their way.
I ignored the first email.
The second asked me why I hadn`t paid their invoice- The goods were ready for despatch againsy my order.
I ignored that one.
The third email said how sorry they were that I had cancelled my order. In order to enable them to refund the money I had paid. (Which of course I hadn`t) I should give them my debit card details so that they could refund to me the £69.00 I had paid.
Spot the bait and the scam
How anybody could ever be taken in by one of these scams amazes me but some people are.
Thomas51, i would be embarrassed to say what you have said but at least you have the guts to admit it and we all know you are not alone in what you did.
It seems that a large proportion originate from the Nigerian mob who were responsible for the very popular 419 advance fee scams. The emails come via a Hong Kong web site.
I always answer the ones that are after bank account details, i send them the details they are after. False details of course.
And don't forget the newest ones. From Twitter, Hyves and Facebook saying that you got unanswered tweets and reminders. If you click on them you will be redirected to a site selling medicines and so and behind is a nice virus. Also emails Apperently from family or friends that they just won a PS3 or a HD tv or laptop. If you click on these links you may end up with a wallpaper contract or even an empty or un usable computer. Have a nice and safe start from the New Year
these scams are fraud and a criminal offence, why cant they be traced back to there origin and something done about it
The emails just make me laugh, the composition and English is terrible, I usually send them an email back explaining I wasn't born yesterday and they should try an honest means of making money.
Trust MSN to miss a new scam going about....
This one involves you being phoned up by a company saying they are Microsoft I.T. engineers and they are calling in response to errors reports sent in to Microsoft (Windows Error Reporting). They then connect remotely and do various (un)installs and charge a repair fee!
Do MSN not talk to Microsoft or what?
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A new study suggests a typical financial emergency costs around £1,200 - would you be able to raise that kind of money within a month?
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- Yes - from my savings
- Yes - I could put it on credit
- Yes - I could borrow from family or friends
- No - raising that kind of money in a month would be impossible