According to this email, lottery winner Mr Charles W Jackson Jr has selected you as the recipient of a portion of his prize money. Supposedly, the donation to you is part of Mr Jackson’s ongoing charity work across the world.
But, in fact, the email is a typical advanced fee scam designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to online crooks.
Charles W Jackson Jr from the American state of North Carolina really did win a large lottery prize. In 2019, 66-year-old Jackson won a whopping $344.6 million in the Powerball Jackpot.
Mr Jackson did not send this email and he is not giving away his money to random strangers via the Internet as claimed.
If you email for more information as instructed, you will soon receive a reply claiming that you are required to send money to cover various fees before receiving your “donation”. The scammer at the other end will continue to falsely claim to be Mr Jackson or an “agent” working on his behalf.
If you do fall for the ruse and send money, requests for further payments will likely follow. The scammer will keep asking for more money until you finally realize that you are being conned or run out of money to send. The scammer will then disappear with your money and will no longer answer your emails or phone calls.
You will never get any of your money back. Nor, of course, will you ever get the promised donation money, which the scammer never had to give away in the first place. Furthermore, during the course of the con, the scammers may have tricked you into divulging a large amount of your personal and financial information, ostensibly to allow the verification of your identity and arrange the transfer of your funds.
This information may later be used to steal your identity.
Advance fee scams like this one have been around for many years and have taken many forms. Before the Internet and email, scammers sent similar messages via surface mail or fax.
An example of the scam email:
A later example:
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!