Lottery scams


Scam Email received 9/20/2019

Email From:

Sender Name:

Sweepstakes Lotto USA

Other emails used:,

Email Subject:


Congratulations! –

*Lucky winner/ September-20-2019* *FACEBOOK ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY* *INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD.* *CATEGORY: 2ND* *Attention: Winner* We are oblige to congratulate and notify you that your registered Facebook profile was approved as one of the Luck Winners in Category “A” which subsequently won you (Nine Hundred & Seventy Five Thousand United State Dollars) *Details of your Winning are:* *Winning Number:- FB392-US7720* *Batch Number:- 0024892JT* *Serial Number:- DT119027834SZ* *Ticket Number:- 47061725* The promo was done to serve as a means of appreciation to customers on our network and also to help fight off poverty and to maintain the standard of living. Forward your winnings details to the details below *Name: Mr. Salil Bhatnagar* *E-mail:* Salil Bhatnagar *Regards,* *Management,* *Sweepstakes Lotto USA* *Facebook INC.* Sweepstakes Lotto USA –

The above email is a scam. If you still think is legitimate, but you’re still concerned, then follow these steps:

Ten Minutes 10 minutes.

How to check if you received a scam email

  1. Google the details.

    Do a Google search for the persons name/company name that the email has come from.

  2. Confirm the details.

    Visit their website and look for a phone number or email address. Search for the website yourself. Do not assume the details in the email are valid.

  3. Confirm using the information you have found

    Using the details you have researched, call or email the business and ask them to verify the information within the email.

  4. Check if the email has been sent to multiple people

    Google snippets of the email text to see if the same format has been used in the past. eg “Army officer from Syria but now living with the United Nations on asylum”

Most of us know someone who is vulnerable to these types of attacks. Fortunately, if you’re aware of the presence of these scams, and armed with some basic knowledge on identifying them, you can greatly reduce your chances people you know becoming a victim. Please help them by sharing this information on Facebook or Twitter using the #telltwo and #takefive hashtags.
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