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.