Day 6 of avoiding Christmas scams – Fake lottery win notifications

Some people will tell you that they play the lottery to help good causes, but in truth, those who do dabble do so to win money. Big money. It doesn’t take an economic genius to explain that as the value of the top prize of a lottery increases, the more people will buy tickets.

The marketing slogan used by Camelot in the early days of the UK’s National Lottery was “You’ve got to be in it to win it” which is the key to avoiding being scammed by fake lottery notifications like the one on the left.

Whilst we all want to believe that someone, somewhere will one day secure our financial future, winning a lottery that you never entered is not the way to do it.

The url in the email is genuine – it is the website that is used by all US State lotteries to publish their results, and the winning numbers on the 15th July 2020 were indeed as listed. That’s the bit that gives this “legitimacy” in the loosest sense of the world.

But to claim the cash you need to contact the Commercial Bank of Dubai (except the email address they use is and give them your bank details, naturally, so they can send you the prize.

The spelling and grammar in the email is appalling and if the fact you’ve won the lottery in a draw you never bought a ticket for isn’t enough, then a quick read of the text should be enough to convince you it isn’t the real deal.

Whilst most of us wouldn’t be fooled, there may be some people who are curious enough to think this could be genuine and hand over their details. Don’t let avarice rule your sensibility.

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