If you received a message like the one below, no, you didn't win the British Canadian lottery. You didn't win any lottery at all. But you would be a loser if you replied, because undoubtedly there will be upfront fees that you'll have to pay to claim your "winnings," which sadly will never materialize. The plethora of numbers in the message below are intended to make it appear more authentic, as is the link to a real Canadian lottery site. However, it's still a scam. Don't respond, don't be fooled, by messages like this.
Interestingly, I received nearly the same message — complete with all the same lottery code numbers — at a different email address. However, that message was from email@example.com and had a reply-to address of firstname.lastname@example.org. The bogus "contact person" was Mr. David Telehany, and the message was signed by Mark Andrew, who is also the Lottery Controller General. I guess they job-share.
From: "BRITISH CANADIAN LOTTERY BC-49," email@example.com
Date: March 11, 2010 7:13:34 PM PST
Subject: BRITISH CANADIAN LOTTERY BC-49
BRITISH CANADIAN LOTTERY BC-49,
70 Foster Drive, Suite 800, Sault Ste.
Marie, Ontario, P6A 6V2, Canada.
Winning No: 16,
Bonus No: 42
Confirm Winning: http://www.canada.com/life/lotteries/lottery_results.html
The Canadian Government in collaboration with the British Government and the World Gaming Board are the sponsors of this online email lottery for compensation and grant for both past lottery winners and the entire world public for purpose of Infrastructural development as an online compensation for all internet users.
We happily announce to you the draw of the Special Global 2009/ 2010 Promotional Draw held on the 24Friday January, 2010 in Manchester in the United Kingdom, Thailand, India, United Arab Emirate, Singapore, Malaysia, Austin Texas in USA and Ontario Canada. Your e-mail address attached to REF No; IMP/73253CA/2009, with Batch No: 642376/CA/2009 drew the Winning No: 16, Bonus No: 42 for BC-49 Lotto under the choice of the lottery in the 1st category of bi-weekly six.
All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site(s) Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, Concast, sbcglobal. AOL , emailclick.com and other well known official sites. through computer draws system and extracted from over 10,000,000 companies and personal e-mails. So your email is your online automatic ticket that qualified you for this draw.
You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 520,000.00 GBP (FiveHundred and Twenty Thousand Pounds Sterling)
In view of this, your 520,000.00 GBP (Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand PoundsSterling) would be released to you by following the directives of the B-C ONLINE LOTTERY REMMITANCE UNIT The B-C UNIT will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact the office. So you are required to forward the following details to our trusted courier company to help facilitate the processing of your claims:
You are to contact the B-C ONLINE LOTTERY REMT UNIT for payment with details below::
Contact Person: Rev.James Brooks
BC ONLINE REMIT Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
British Canadian online Remit Unit Email: email@example.com
Tel: +44 704-5769-845
PAYMENT PROCESSING FORM:
(1) FULL NAME:
(2) FULL ADDRESS:
(5) TELEPHONE NUMBER: (OFFICE) / (CELLPHONE)
(6) TOTAL AMOUNT WON:
(7) BATCH NUMBER AS LISTED ABOVE:
(8) BONUS NUMBERS:
(9) YOUR WINNING NUMBERS:
*Winners are advised to keep their winning details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT) pending the prize claim by Winner.
Note: Mail to (B-C ONLINE GAME REMIT UNIT) email immediately for the processing of your winning prize. You can also confirm your winning number and bonus numbers on our web http://www.canada.com/life/lotteries/lottery_results.html
Lottery Controller General
This message was sent using IMP, the Internet Messaging Program.