This email, which purports to be from the “UK Lottery Organization” claims that you have won $4,600,000 in the “Free Ticket/Online Lottery Awareness Program and Bonanza for June 2017”.
In fact, there is no such lottery and you have not won any money at all. The email is a scam designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to criminals.
There are countless variations of these lottery scam emails. If you receive one, do not respond to the criminals.
An example of the scam email:
UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION (UK.L.O)
FREE TICKET & ONLINE PROMOTIONS
SWEEPSTAKES NO: UKLO/1115/BKKTH/6922
Dear Lucky Winner,
As part of our Free Ticket/Online Lottery Awareness Program and Bonanza for June 2017 held in Bangkok Thailand, we have carried out 94 computer draws in some regions. Note that the computer draws were based strictly and randomly on active email addresses of users that never played our lottery this year.
You have been officially certified a legitimate winner and beneficiary of $4,600,000.00 US Dollars.
Your email address drew the Winning Lucky Number (W.L.N): 33-33-4343-7466 and Sweepstakes Number: UKLO/1115/BKKTH/6922.
This makes you an international winner in your region. For details, guidance and processing of your lottery prize payment, contact our Appointed Claims/Processing officer Mr. Jonathan Ho by email, citing the following rightful winners=92 payment verification information:
*** First, Middle & Last Names:
*** Telephone & Mobile numbers:
*** Home address, City & Country:
*** Date of Birth, Occupation/Title:
*** Winning Amount & Month of draws:
*** Lucky Number & Sweepstakes Number:
The Contact Details are:
MR. JONATHAN HO
EMAIL ADDRESS: ( email@example.com )
If you are pondering how you won without entering the draws or purchasing the lottery ticket, then know that this very sweepstakes of June 2017 in which you have emerged as a winner is a free ticket online draws conducted on a computer balloting system using over hundred thousand email addresses. Att he time of winners=92 collation, your email address came out among the first ten which won you the lottery in the first winning category and entitles you to claim the complete sum of USD$4,600,000.00 Four Million, Six Hundred Thousand Dollars(USD) without any hassles.
Congratulations from me and the organizing team of UK Lottery Organization’s Bangkok-Thailand free ticket sweepstakes of June 2017.
Mr. Felix E.A
UK LOTTERY ORGANIZATION (UK.L.O)
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!