Lottery scams


Scam Email received July 3, 2018 from
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Dear Friend, I am Mr Richard Wahl the $533 million Mega Millions jackpot on March 30 after playing the lottery two times, I&m donating to 5(Five) random individuals if you get this email then your email was selected after a spin ball.I have spread most of my wealth over a number of charities and organizations. I have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of $2(Two) Million USD to you as one of the selected 5, to verify my winnings please see my you tube page below. WATCH ME HERE: Winner Of $533 million Mega Millions jackpot Comes Forward To Claim Prize Mr Richard Wahl of New Jersey claimed the largest single ticket jackpot in American lottery history. Kindly acknowledge receipt of this mail, so that i can give you further details. I honestly hope you improve the lives of people around you most importantly the children and less privileged. Sincerely. Mr Richard Wahl

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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