Did you received an email telling you won a lottery,what did you do?

@jlamela (4906)
Philippines
April 19, 2009 8:39pm CST
I encountered this email recently, telling me that I won a megalotto lottery from Microsoft word in London. I was wondering because I did not participate for any megalotto lottery in the internet. Now the payment agent is asking me some information like Bank account, bank code, address and mailing address and other documents. Would I submit these informations they are asking?Is this fraud or real?Please help. Thanks!
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39 responses
@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
20 Apr 09
Do not give them any information, it is a scam. If you did not enter any competition, then how could you have won. Just ignore the email and any others like it.
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@jlamela (4906)
• Philippines
20 Apr 09
Yes exactly!I am also wondering why I won a lottery where in fact I did not join, and the amount is really shocking!amounting to 1 million pounds!so I was really hesitating. Thanks for your advice.
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@thezone (9447)
• Ireland
20 Apr 09
Always be weary of giving out your personal details to people you do not know online. All of the emails asking for your bank details and such are scams. Glad to be of help.
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@blue65packer (11834)
• United States
20 Apr 09
Delete this email! This a scam! When they start asking for personal information it is a scam! Never get involved in somebody sending you an email you won a lottery! They want all that infromation to fraud/scam you out of money! Once you start giving money they will keep asking and asking! You never see any so called winning! Delete the email and anymore you get or be scammed!
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@jlamela (4906)
• Philippines
22 Apr 09
Thank God I posted this discussion!I am very thankful to all your ideas. Yes, it is really fraud because I am also wondering why they will give that huge amount to people they did not know. I didn't remember anything that I join any lottery in the internet. Thank you so much to you all, may God bless you always!
@Jennlk84 (4216)
• United States
20 Apr 09
I receive those emails ALL the time! All I can do is laugh and hit the delete button. They're nothing but spam. If you wont the lottery, why would they be contacting you by email? And really, the chances of you having won THAT much money?
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@kumarpslv (3216)
• India
21 Apr 09
Everyday I used to receive one or two such emails,stating that my mail id has been randomly chosen as the winner of some huge amount. They will be asking our personal details also.Nowadays, I will not even read them ,I will just delete them once i realize it is of such content.
• Philippines
21 Apr 09
Well I have to admit, I'm a victim, but whenever they start asking for money I would spam them. And now I never believe anymore, I usually browse them over the net, and found similar stuffs goin on with other people and authorities warning us with new tactics and latest scams. Thanks for the internet, perhaps I would still be having hopes that one day it's true. ^^
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• United States
21 Apr 09
i delete anything that says i've won something when i havent registered with whoever sends the emaii, and even when i receive emails from sites i know, when they say you've won 1000 dollars gift card, im like yeah ok! you always have to complete some offer they have. so is not like i really won anything...dont lose your time!
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• Philippines
21 Apr 09
This happens to me all the time and i don't take it seriously. How could i win, when i don't have a lotto ticket?
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• Philippines
20 Apr 09
Everytime I receive this kind of mail, I spam it and delete. It's not worth my time reading them. never believe in emails like this. You sill surely be scammed.
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@enhopey (37)
• United States
20 Apr 09
I get emails very often telling me that I have won something. Since I know that I have never signed up for these types of things, I always delete them. Most of them are spam anyway. You have to be careful, I have heard that some of those things are just viruses waiting for you to open them so they can get into your computer. Just open with caution!
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@agv0419 (3027)
• Philippines
20 Apr 09
Many times I just ignore them even in text they told me I won in a lottery. It is a scam so I don't believe them because I never joined anything so why would I won. When you believe them they asking you to pay some amount before you can claim your prize. My advice is use our common sense if we are not joining any contest how come we are going to win.
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20 Apr 09
OBVIOUS SCAM!... nuf said
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@sameeer (76)
• India
20 Apr 09
don't respond to such emails or sms messages i receive them all the time, and they are all SCAMS! mostly scammers use such spam methods to get you to buy their products or sell you stuff and maybe even to steal your creditcard and account information!! be carefull, unless you participate in some lotteries!
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@nainesh1 (1656)
• India
20 Apr 09
I am also facing same problem , I get 2-3 mails on each of my mails account. When this all started I was to annoyed but now I keep them for one week and then delete them in bulk. Today I got new kind of fraud mail , In it they asked my email id and password and if I don't give them they would delete my account. They claimed that they are authorities of yahoo.
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• Singapore
20 Apr 09
yes i got that email. is a scam from africa . beware. they trying to get your bank account to do a fake account on his country .
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@di1159 (1580)
• United States
20 Apr 09
I've won about 100 of those lotteries. They are just scammers looking to access your personal information and back account. Don't give out information. It's best to just delete those messages.
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@zhuhuifen46 (3485)
• China
20 Apr 09
I received similar letter and a lot of my friends also recieved the same letter. I did nothing about it, and later saw from media it is fraud. If you have not participate in the lottery, better forget about it. There is no free lunch, we must be very careful about our personal data.
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@pavan4568 (122)
• India
20 Apr 09
This is completely fraud, and the moment i see these kind of mails either i delete them or mark them as spam. Some of my friends were cheated by this fraudulent plot thinking that it is a real lottery but when they gave all the personal information like name, age, bank account etc., agent asked for the fund tranfer charges so that he can deposit lottery money in the account and unfortunately when they did it, agent never turned back and they lost all the money. There should be some genuine one's out there in the market but hard to trust, so be careful.
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@rj1578 (27)
• Malaysia
20 Apr 09
I've received the same email last year and I just ignored it. I think it's a scam because in the first place I've never even joined any contest organised by Microsoft. I think they got your email address from somewhere and just sent these messages. Please do not send your particulars. In fact I've received a few other emails telling me that I've won a large sum of money. Some of it states that in order to claim your winnings you've to pay a certain sum of money being processing fee or whatever (I can't recall exactly). It's all a scam.
• India
20 Apr 09
well i get that all the time and i never pay attention to it cause i know i never win anything evevn if i participated in it .its like i had this boon that i never win anything in a contest or lottery or game.
@sblossom (2169)
20 Apr 09
I received it several times. I tried them too. It's totally waste of time. They mainly want your money, your personal information or to be their member.I would say 99% of emails like that are not reliable. blossom
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