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Advance Fee Scam – ‘BBC Promo Email Award’

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message claims that the recipient’s email address has been selected as the winner of £500,000 in the BBC Promo Email Award for 2014, a promotion organized by the BBC One National Lottery. 

Brief Analysis

The email is not from the BBC and the recipient has not won the lottery as claimed. The message is an advance fee scam designed to trick recipients into sending their money and personal information to Internet criminals.

Example

BBC One National Lottery
This is to inform you that your Email Address has won you Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds (500,000.00 GBP) in the 2014 BBC PROMO EMAIL AWARD which was organized by BBC One National Lottery.
BBC PROMO COMPANY UK collects all the email addresses of the people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to worldwide E-mail- data base, and few from other e-mail providers. Six Emails are selected every week to benefit from this promotion and you are one of the Selected Winners.
PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM
You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of (500, 000.00 GBP) each from the total payout. your prize awards has been insured with your e-mail address and will be transferred to your local bank account upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations, verifications, validations and satisfactory report.
Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her Settlement Center. BBC Promo Award must be claimed within 30 days, from date of Draw Notification. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.
Stated below are your identification numbers:
Ticket Winning Number: UK/0147X4/74
Reference Number: 9-11-13-19-37-3-4
Serial Number: 8501-07
These numbers fall within the United Kingdom Location file, you&’re requested to contact our approved Payment Officer (Dr. PETER JONES) in United Kingdom and send the above winning identification numbers and below application form to him for Payment of your Fund.
APPROVE PAYMENT OFFICER
DR. TERRY COOL.
Help Line+447014217251
You’re required to fill in the below application form for claims
1. Full Names:
2. Full Home Address:
3. Make sure you send this details to this Email
(bbccharitynationwide@live.com) the release of your fund
4. Sex:
5. Nationality:
6. Age:
7. Current City:
8.Occupation:
9. Mobile Number;
10. Account Name:
11. Account Numbers:
12. Bank Name:
13.Winning E-mail Address:
14.Winning Amount: (500,000.00 GBP)
Pleas ensure that this message send to this email (bbccharitynationwide@live.com) to enable us respond to you on time.
I wish as the beneficiary, to claim and instruct that the above mentioned fund be handed over to me at the earliest, I hope my application will be favorably granted by your good office.
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.
Yours faithfully,
Sign
DR TERRY COLE.

Congratulation Once again

 

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this notification, which comes in the form of a Microsoft Word email attachment, the lucky recipient has won £500,000 courtesy of the BBC Promo Email Award for 2014. Supposedly, the recipient’s email address was one of 6 randomly selected as winners from among ‘the millions that subscribed to worldwide E-mail’ in a promotion organized by the ‘BBC One National Lottery’.

The winning notification document comes complete with National Lottery logos, an image of the ‘Payment Officer’ Dr Terry Cool, and, rather confusingly, pictures of American dollars.

The National Lottery is indeed the genuine UK lottery agency, but this email is not from the National Lottery. Nor is it from the BBC. And, alas, despite the promises in the message, the recipient has not won so much as a penny. Instead, the message is a criminal ruse designed to trick recipients into parting with both their money and personal information.

Those who send the application form to ‘Dr Cool’ as instructed will soon receive a reply stating that they must send money to cover various upfront fees before their ‘prize’ can be delivered. The scammers will claim that these fees, which may include insurance and banking costs, legal costs or taxation, cannot be deducted from the prize itself and absolutely must be paid in advance. Of course, just like the prize itself, all of these fees are entirely imaginary.Once a victim begins paying, further requests for more imaginary fees will likely continue until the victim’s bank account runs dry or he or she finally realizes that the whole thing is a scam. Moreover, victims may also be tricked into supplying a considerable amount of personal and financial information as the scam unfolds. This data may later be used to steal the identities of victims.

Users should be very wary of any message that claims that their name or email address has been randomly selected in a lottery that they have never even entered. This is not how genuine lotteries operate.

Advance fee lottery scams have been with us in various forms for decades and even predate the Internet. However, the Internet has given advance fee scammers the ability to reach a great many more potential victims very quickly and very cheaply. Thus, even though most Internet users are probably now aware of such scams, there is still a sizable pool of less computer literate or more naïve users who are still vulnerable. These scams still work and people all around the world are still taken in by them.

You can help by making sure that your friends, family, and co-workers are aware of such scams and how they work.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer