According to this email, you have won £1,130,883 in the Big Lottery Fund. It asks you to contact the Foreign Exchange & Remittance Department manager at Capital One Bank to request payment of your winnings.
Supposedly, your email address was selected as the winner via an automated computer balloting system.
It instructs you to email your copy of your ID/Driver’s Licence or Passport to the bank, ostensibly so that your claim can be verified and your payment processed.
However, the email is a scam. You have not won any money and the supposed winning notification is not from the Big Lottery Fund or any other legitimate lottery organization. Nor is the message connected in any way with Capital One Bank.
If you fall for the scam and contact the “manager” as instructed, you will quickly be asked to send money. Ostensibly, the money you send will be used to cover various fees and expenses supposedly associated with the process and transfer of your winnings. But, in reality, all of the money you send will go in the pockets of the scammers and you will never get it back. Nor, of course, will you ever get the promised £1,130,883, which never existed to begin with.
Moreover, the scammers may use the personal and financial information you send them to steal your identity.
Advance fee lottery scams like this have been around for a very long time and predate the Internet by decades. Be wary of any message that claims that you have won a substantial prize in a lottery or promotion that you know nothing about and have never entered. And, remember that genuine lotteries do not ask winners to pay upfront fees as a prerequisite for collecting their prize.
An example of the scam email:
Subject: Your Reference Number: UKL100010802744
Your email address was selected by our automated computer balloting system. The winners are selected randomly from the internet. We hereby confirm your email address attached to Reference Number: UKL100010802744 and the serial ID: KA2C11OEN as a winner of £1,130,883.00 from the Big Lottery Fund.
You will be paid by an independent bank in compliance with the Lottery payment transparency laws. Therefore I have forwarded your payment file to our paying bank, Capital One Bank (Georgia, US) for the transfer of your funds to your bank account.
You can request your payment by contacting the Foreign Exchange & Remittance Department manager on the details below.
Bennie [surname removed]
Foreign Exchange & Remittance Department
Capital One Bank (Atlanta, GA)
Email a copy of your ID/Driver’s Licence or Passport to the bank for verification and processing of your payment.
Note that your winning fund has been insured on your name and will be paid to you in full without deduction.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further assistance.
Mr. William [surname removed]
Importance NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!