Sunday 5th July 2015
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National Lottery International Scam

National Lottery International might sound like the name of an official lottery organisation, but really it is nothing of the sort. The National Lottery International name is mentioned only in scam emails that are designed to obtain personal information from the people those National Lottery International emails are sent to. And how do they attempt to do that, you may wonder? The answer is simple – the scam emails inform the recipients that they have won a major prize and request personal details so that the National Lottery International prize can be paid out to the winner.

Of course, there is no National Lottery International prize that has been won, and there is no National Lottery International organisation to begin with. The email simply makes an effort to appear genuine by littering its content with names and addresses of legitimate lottery organisations in an effort to deceive its readers and gain their confidence.

The golden rule concerning lottery scam emails is that if you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won a prize. Furthermore, it is impossible to win a prize in a lottery game that doesn’t exist in the first place. The National Lottery International email attempts to convince the reader that the ‘Winning Notification’ is genuine by saying that the recipient’s email address was associated with a particular lottery number, and that the number stated was randomly selected in an annual draw which doesn’t require any active participation – all of which is nonsense.

Whilst most experienced lottery players would be sceptical about such claims, an unfortunate few might take the National Lottery International message seriously and try to claim their prize by responding to the email. If they did so, they would be asked for information that would enable the scammers to either extract money directly from the recipient or to carry out an identity theft.

Although the National Lottery International scam could cost its victims dearly, the good news is that it is quite easy to avoid becoming a victim in the first place. All you have to do is ignore any emails you receive which claim to be from the National Lottery International organisation or indeed from any other organisation which says that you have won a prize in a lottery game that you did not personally enter. Stick to this basic rule of thumb and the National Lottery International scammers will have to look elsewhere for their next victim.