I won a lottery that I did not even enter for!

@Sharon38 (1919)
Jamaica
January 30, 2008 6:20am CST
This morning while checking my e-mails I was advised that I had won 820,000 pounds sterling. I read it becasue I wanted to really see what they were talking about but then they said that my e-mail had the winning numbers attached to it and was drawn by their selection computer. I have never, ever signed up for any lottery of any kind. Here in Jamaica we have the lotto,lucky three and others which never ever drew my attention but now to be told that I entered when I know I did not is really crazy. Has anyone ever had this happenning to them? Well I deleted the email of course.
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@JJ4Ever (4704)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Yes, I've had this happen to me so many times. I've kind of just gotten used to it. It's fun at first until you realize that it's a scam and that it's bogus spam mail. I hate that feeling of being let down! Of course, with as many times as it has happened, I'm used to it now. I feel like responding and e-mailing those people to tell them what jerks they are and how much time of mine and other people's they've wasted on writing those scam e-mails. It's ridiculous, but I guess they'll do whatever they can get away with. It's a scary world out there. That's why we have to be so careful with what information we give out. I'm sorry to hear you received the scam e-mail also. The thing we have to realize is that we cannot receive good news like that through e-mail. It would have to be a reliable source like by phone. If it was received by mail, it could also be a scam. I've received one of those before also. It's crazy. Thanks for sharing. It makes me feel a little better about it happening to me!
@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
11 Feb 08
I am sorry that you got those too but whether by phone or mail I beleive once I did not enter it is still a scam.
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@JJ4Ever (4704)
• United States
11 Feb 08
You're exactly right because if you didn't enter a lottery, there's no way you could win a lottery (unless someone bought a ticket for you). That's all there is to it! It's common sense. I don't understand why there are dishonest people out there that have to send out scams like this. They're only trying to get money. I feel bad for the people who fall for it. I was once there also. Great discussion!
@mamakat (321)
• United States
5 Feb 08
I'm so glad you didn't fall for this one. It's unfortunate that a lot of people actually do get scammed by these phony emails. I've talked to tons and tons of friends online who have said they've received these notices too. But amazingly it wasn't until about two weeks ago that I got my first one. When I saw it in my inbox, I just sat there for a moment and had a big laugh. I thought 'Gee! I wondered when I'd be getting one of these.' For a while, I was actually starting to think I wasn't cool enough to get one of my very own. :P Have a faboo evening! :-)
@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
It was not yet your time. This was my first too.
@mamakat (321)
• United States
5 Feb 08
LOL! I guess they were just saving the coolest two people (you & me) for last! :-) Hope you have a great day!
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
1 Feb 08
I have received emails like this also in my email inbox. I always wandered also how in the world can I win when I didn't even enter or play? I get alot of junk mails also that says they want to transfer some funds to me from other countries that a relative left behind. I didn't even know I have any in other countries LOL, and how do they know me and want to leave their funds to just me LOL? It is very crazy that people have nothing better to do than to spam everyone else.
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
I get those too. I guess they are jsut seeking whom they can devour?
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
5 Feb 08
Yes. I think that they think it is a big joke to send those notices out to people. It gets some people's hopes up that isn't very familiar with the online scams also.
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@anniepa (27123)
• United States
10 Feb 08
Let me put it this way - if I'd really won all the lotteries I've gotten e-mail notifications that I'd won I'd have more money than Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Donald Trump ever had or spent in their combined lifetimes. I'm glad you didn't give them any personal information because that's what they're after. Annie
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
11 Feb 08
thank you and I am gald you did not succumb tot hose temptations too.
• United States
8 Feb 08
yes, here in the states we have so many scams..in the past i have lost more then my share of money on sucker scams...but really believe you can't cheat an honest man..education is expensive..and if you lose money on some fool thing..then this is just an education..like loaning money to people who betray your trust..it happens.. have a good life in your sunny homeland..my wife is from the Philippines and it is always hot there too..but that is what i like about the Philippine people..they are always have a smie..and my wife is from Bacolod City..the city of smiles.
• India
6 Feb 08
Hi Sharon! I get 3-4 such mails in a day. Some say i won some lottery some say my email id won some sort of prize. I find myself getting more spam messages than real that opening the inbox in yahoo sounds scary to me. I have received atleast 20 mails from spammers informing about wealth they would like to share with me,lol.
@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
11 Feb 08
I am at yahoo too. 20 scammers per day is a lot and I would be scard too.
@joodzki6 (596)
• Philippines
4 Feb 08
oh, yes! I have been a victim of that email too. They have emailed me several times. The email said i have a lottery worth $1million. At first, i entertained the mail, i even answered back to their email and asking several questions just to make sure that it was not a scam. somehow,i was hoping this to be true but as i continue exchanging email with them...things are getting clearer...that it is a SCAM! the bank will email me that in able to claim my prize i have to open an account with them so they could transfer the money to my account. My thought is, if i really won, why should i need to spend for opening an account to a country where i'm not in? Since then, i never believe whenever i received such similar email. Hope you too don't believe on that...because it was really a scam. Be careful Sharon, don't get hook by people like them. Have a great day to you!
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
Thanks for caring and sharing and I wont be scammed though. Take care of yourself too
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
4 Feb 08
Oh yes i do get a lot of those emails. I must be a Billionaire by now if those emails were true at all. I think you should always be carefule in dealing with this persons as I know there are many who are victimized by these kinds of people who just got greedy like the person who sent the email.
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
Thanks but greed was never one of my strong points but honesty is.
• United States
4 Feb 08
I get these all the time too. These are scams to get into your bank account and other personal information. You can't when a lottery that you never entered. And, you can't win a lottery in another country unless you've actually been to that country and played the lottery there. With real lottery winnings, you would never be contacted by email. They would send you physical mail. Also watch out for check cashing and transfer scams. No reputable business (in the U.S. or overseas) should ask you to cash or deposit a check and subtract your earnings. I avoid all those too good to be true deals especially when it involves my money or personal information.
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
Well my dear I never got to that personal information thing. I just figured that to give me thta mouch money was just not honest of me to receive it either.
@zharbird (19)
• United States
2 Feb 08
it is probably a fraud. They will tell you that you need to send them some $ first. They'd take your $ and disappear
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
I have one word for them. Crooks!!!
@kulotzki (61)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
I also encountered this, a few days ago, I opened my email, and surprisingly I saw a message from Yahoo that I won a 200,000 dollars, I am surprised, because I am never joining any lottery, then they are saying directly that I won in the lottery. so i tried to follow the instructions for the transaction to get the prize, after a few days they email again and showing the list of possible transactions. every transaction have a payment or transaction charge. then I replied and saying to them if it is possible to deduct the transaction charge to my winning prize, and after that until now they are not answering my request... So funny..
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
hahaha! YOu saw right through them from the beginning didnt you?
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
1 Feb 08
I've had emails of that nature and they were scams. Glad to know you deleted the email. My experience is an email such as you mentioned comes to my inbox, they explain I'm a winner, want money in order to hold the ticket and that's when I delete it.
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
Wise move CArolbee! They rob you and I out of our little inheritance (I dont have one but my child does).
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
1 Feb 08
I am glad you did not fall for that. It sounds like a hoax and I was just about to warn you to disregard it. Between the five email accounts that I have, I win about a million dollars in cash and prizes every day. I do not know how an ordinary Jane like me got so lucky. I mean, I win this great stuff every day from people I have never heard of. It is absolutely amazing. Thank God, I have an excellent junk filterer and an eye for B.S., LOL.
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
hahaha! Rozie I am glad that they coul dnot scam you at all.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
1 Feb 08
I had this happen to me, years ago it was known as the Irish Sweepstake but now it could be from anywhere. Yes, and I deleted those emails, although one I did check up and got the "you have to be a member of our--" to join, out of CURIOSITY of course. Sometimes I thought I may have entered something and forgot about it, but I figured that if I had, I would have kept the ticket and I would have thrown it away after the time ran out.
@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
I did check them out from curiosuity too. Theya re are all thieves no matter the name they bear
• United States
1 Feb 08
Very good that you didn't respond. I've heard that people sometimes fall prey to these scams, and I wonder how and why it happens. But fortunately, you didn't. I get them all the time, and I usually respond with a few 'choice words'.
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
hahaha! I bet they never thought twice of responding again!
@johndur (3050)
• Pasig, Philippines
31 Jan 08
i have a lot of those also from different lottery all over the world and all of them where scams...dont even try to give them any personal information or they will use it in their evil plans...
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
I wont and thank you for responding
• United States
31 Jan 08
Yes it was most likely a scam if you didnt sign up for it. I have gotten a check in the mail saying I won so much money. I dont member the exact amount but my neighbor had said it was real cuz it didnt have not negotiable on the check so still believing it is fake I took it to the bank to see if it was was real and of course it wasnt. Its one of those that you end up depositing it and western union so much of the money back to them for taxes and such then it doesnt go threw with the bank so you ended up oweing a ton of money.
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
Crooks! I am glad you did not get caught in that web of deception
@chrislotz (8207)
• Canada
31 Jan 08
Oh goodness, I get about ten of these in my email every month. When I first started earning money on the internet about a year ago and I got one of these emails, I have almost fallen for them. I have answered back a few times but when they asked me for my bank account information that's when I got the clue they were a scam. If I won money why could they not just mail me a check? This is what I had asked and they responded back with okay, but I need to send them $2500.00 to pay for the delivery service. Yeah right, like it would cost that much to mail it to me. But I bet a lot of people have been sucked into these scams or there wouldn't be any of these. I'm sure they have received money once in awhile from some people that are naive.
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
Yeah but you see when a person is in need of certain things the idea of getting that money would appeal to them.. I want to buy a house and that money would have done mme a lot of good but I had to be honest with myself and with God. I did not work for it so how could I have earned it.
@TravisE (454)
• United States
31 Jan 08
That was a phishing attack. Happens all the time. You are lucky you did not get caught in the rash of them middle of last year. I work for an anti-spam company and the numbers of those messages floating around was HUGE!
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
Wow! So those scammers keep you busy? Sorry about that but I am glad to know that someone like you have a job like that looking out for us. Thanks friend.
@Tko2020 (266)
31 Jan 08
Lol,i get loads of them every single day, and some are hilarious,the very first one i got i paid it no attention , it kept coming back for nearly 2 weeks, so i emaled them and told them send any winnings to my paypal, i never heard from that set again.
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@Sharon38 (1919)
• Jamaica
5 Feb 08
Hooray!! That was indeed a sucker punch! Good thought and thou art indeed wise.