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UK Mobile Draw Scam

The UK mobile draw scam is propagated by text message. It doesn’t actually mention lottery games, but there is evidence to suggest that lottery players who happen to receive such scam messages may be slightly more likely to take them seriously because they refer to winning a cash prize from a ‘draw’ that is said to have taken place. The message tells the recipient that they have won a specified sum of money and asks them to contact the sender via email, phone or text for more information on how they can claim their prize.

Anyone who follows the contact instructions from the UK Mobile Draw Scam will be assured that the prize really has been won (and of course no such prize exists) before being asked for their bank account and other personal details so that the ‘prize transfer’ can go ahead. If those details are provided then the recipient has effectively given the scammers all the information they need to perpetrate a crime of some sort – most often this will be some kind of identity theft or direct theft of funds from the victim’s bank account.

The UK mobile draw scam has actually been around for several years and tends to resurface at least once each year in slightly different guises. In 2011 there were several scam messages doing the rounds. One said, ‘You have won 400,000 pounds in the 2011 UK mobile draw’ and another said, ‘Your mobile number has won 500,000 GBP in the 2011 Coca Cola mobile draw.’ These are both similar to a 2010 message that said, ‘You have won 400,000 pounds in the 2010 UK mobile draw’, and there are no doubt many other variations.

Whether these UK mobile draw scam messages originate from the same criminal organisations time after time or – more likely – the same basic template is used by several different criminal organisations, the bottom line is that all of them are completely fraudulent. There is no legitimate mobile phone draw offering such cash prizes, and they certainly have nothing to do with authentic lottery games. That means the best thing to do with these messages – as with most other scam communications – is delete them without responding.

Whilst receiving such messages can make some people feel as if they are being victimised in a personal way, the fact of the matter is that scam messages tend to be sent out en masse to a large batch of mobile phone numbers. In this respect you are fairly anonymous to the scammers and the UK mobile draw scam is no more personal than the scam messages that are propagated by email or direct mail.

In short, there is no UK mobile draw that offers cash prizes at random, and you haven’t won any money from Coca Cola, Nokia or any of the other organisations that tend to be named. That being the case, you can feel free to delete any message that states otherwise and forget about it.


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