Reader Nikki sent this one in…
I hope you do not find this too awkward as I have waited months to be sure of this. It is not a normal, neither is it abnormal what I am about to propose to you. It is only that I am an opportunist and when I can create one, I take it. Please do not think ill of me.
I would get to the proposal at hand without wasting much of your time my friend. It is for you to make up your mind if you would go along with me in accomplishing this or not. If you do wish, then please act as I have instructed. If not, please keep these details to your self and I promise to compensate you all the same as soon as the transaction is concluded, as far as you stay in touch. But please you must keep this very private.
I am in charge of ballot draws at the Uk national Lottery. Around December 2010,a lottery ticket was bought by an unidentified person, the lucky player The lucky player matched all six numbers for the 18 December draw winning a jackpot of £1 Million Pounds. The winning numbers were 9, 21, 35, 38, 46 and 49 the bonus ball was 40.
According to the law of United Kingdom, the ticket holder has a limited time to come forward or the money will go to good causes ( so they say). I want you to come forward as the winner of the lottery, because with my position in the office, I can reproduce that exact lottery ticket with the same serial number and security code. I would have contacted somebody around me to lay claims to it, but lottery policies prohibits family members and friends of workers from participating. I have everything worked out, hence you need not worry about anything.
I am willing to trust you completely with this as all details I would be sending you are subject to your verification. I am hoping you would extend that same trust and commitment as we both stand to gain from this venture if we act discreetly and move swiftly. We would share at the completion of the process 60% for me and 40% for you
Send me your full names now so we can proceed. I would send you a copy of my ID
I hope to receive your response. If not, I would have to move on. But please delete accordingly whatever your decision is so we keep this very quiet.
I beg you.
I am Marsh Patrick
It saddens me to think that people fall for these types of scams, but unfortunately they do. A scam like this could cost you thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.
I see the appeal though. To an unsuspecting victim, it looks like they just won the lottery. But set your emotions aside for two minutes and read this in a rational, calm voice and you’ll quickly see how unbelievable this whole situation is.
Let’s take a common sense approach here and start with the biggest questions: why is some random guy from the UK emailing me, a US based citizen, to come collect the UK National Lottery? Why me?
I spent less than a minute on the UK Lottery website and found out you have to be a UK resident and living in the UK at all times to collect a prize. You also have 180 days to collect your winnings. It’s amazing what can be uncovered with about 30 seconds of research.
Never trust some random stranger promising you money, always do your research, and if you have any doubts, send me an email and I’ll personally check it out for you.
So, what’s the worst scam attempt you’ve ever received?