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Help request from our Brit members

A friend of mine got notification of her winning L500,000 in a lottery. She has been corresponding with them via e-mail and they sent her a claim form and requested a photocopy of her Drivers License or passport. She inquired as to the reasoning behind this request and asked for confirmation of the legitimacy of the organization and received the below response. What do you guys think? She is lurking and waiting to see any replies. Thanks. Patrick.

Here is their info:

Empire Trust Agency
TEL [DIRECT]-44 7040-114-899
FAX-44 7005-805-966
FAX-44 7005-964-828

Dear ,

Your email has been received. In the United Kingdom you are not permitted to operate a lottery without been registered with the United Kingdom Gaming board and also the Euro Gaming Commission. Reference should be made to the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 and the Lotteries Regulations 1993 for precise details of the law. Copies are available from the Stationery Office. The Gaming Board for Great Britain has published ?Lotteries and the Law?, which is a useful source of information. I can assure you that we are duly registered with all relevant agencies and we operate a legitimate and open lottery scheme.

Nonetheless, it is worthy to note that this lottery is purely a philantrophic and charitable scheme. Our winners are not compelled to make claims.

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"without been registered with the United Kingdom Gaming boar

1) Bad grammar, from the people who invented the language!!

2) UK has very few "boards" at the national level; mostly Ministries. E.g., Ministry of Silly Walks. Happy

As Kipling's schoolkids used to say, Cave! "Beware."

Now, my Nigerian friends have a really really good deal for her ... Happy
Regards, Doug 'cautious as a serpent' in New Mexico

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it smells phishy to me

very phishy. There are a number of similar scams reported to another security help board I work with.


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Forward the e-mail to any British Newspaper like the

Independent or the Guardian or the Times or Daily Express and ask them the question. I think its a scam, how did she get the ticket? Also contact BBC Watchdog, a TV program that just loves stuff like this. you can find them on the web at

Also "it is worthy to note" instead of 'it is worth noting', the United Kingdom Gaming "board" instead of 'Board', also "Euro" (a currency) Gaming Commission instead of European Gaming etc. though I don't think that the European union has gone so far as to regulate lotteries in the individual countries, at least they hadn't in 2001 when we lived in Britain.

Best of luck.

Rob Boyter

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General lottery rule: If you don't enter, you don't win!

Unfortunately, Patrick, 99%+ of those "you've won the lottery" e-mails are phony -- either there will be expenses to be frayed to secure your winnings, they want your bank account number so they can wire the money (the account will be emptied forthwith), or sometimes (adding insult to injury), both!

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(NT) (NT) Thaks guys
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Unless she purchased a lottery ticket

I'd say this is a scam. And wouldn't they choose a Brit to win their lottery?

Since when has she been corresponding with them, since they wrote from out of the blue and told her she'd won?

Entering "British Lotteries" in Google lists several scams. Might check to see if it's the same one.

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