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N.C. – The BBB wants you to be on the lookout for emails that proclaim you have
won tickets to the 2012 Olympics in London. Although the email may look real,
you have NOT won tickets to the Olympics.
big event brings scammers out of the woodwork and the BBB is now seeing one of
the first scams related to the 2012 Olympics which will be held in
is yet another phishing scam,” said BBB President Tom Bartholomy, “all the
scammers are doing is using a new ‘hook’ to lure you into giving them your
personal information so they can steal your identity.”
phishing scam uses the U.K. National Lottery logo so that the email looks
legitimate. The bait is the prize announcement that ‘you are one of ten people
who won a lottery for tickets to the Olympics in London in 2012.” The
trick is that REAL tickets to the 2012 Olympics will in fact be given away
through the National Lottery, and they will also be sold through a ticket
lottery system. So, this scam is similar enough to the actual ticket
distribution system, that it can fool you into thinking it may be real and get
you to call or click on the links contained in the email.
you call the number provided, you will be asked for enough personal information
for the scammers to steal your identity. You may also be asked for a
credit card number to pay taxes or fees to claim your ‘prize’.
you click on the links in the scam email, your computer will almost
certainly be infected with malware or spyware viruses that can help the
scammers find enough information on your computer hard drive to steal your
happens every day,” Bartholomy added.
BBB has some simple advice to keep you safe:
you did not enter a lottery or contest, you did not win it.
click on links contained in emails you receive from someone you don’t know,
even if the email looks real.
give out personal information over the telephone or online to someone you don’t
sure your computer has up to date, anti-virus software because new scams are
created every day.
in doubt, check it out with the BBB. It’s fast, easy and FREE to check on
companies out at www.bbb.org.
more information on phishing scams or identity theft, please visit www.bbb.org.
From: London 2012
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2010 4:34 AM
Subject: London 2012 Olympics Update
Congratulations, your email has just been choosen as one of the 10
lucky winners in the random email balloting system of the London 2012 Olympics Lottery service as organised by the
National Lottery Board of the United Kingdom.
Your email has drawn the winning ticket number of
You are to immediately call our global telephone email lottery
confirmation number on +44.161.884.0943 for winning details and other relevant information. When requested, key in
your winning number above and listen for further details.
Please email email@example.com
to claim your winnings with the following details.
1) TICKET NUMBER AS WRITTEN ABOVE
2) FULL NAMES
3) FULL ADDRESS
4) DATE OF BIRTH
WINNERS BELOW THE AGE OF18 YEARS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED
Thank you for your time and congratulations once more.
London 2012 Olympics Lottery Service Team!
Licensed By The National Lottery Board Of the UK.
© 2010 London 2012 Olympics Lottery Service. All rights reserved.
PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE. EMAILS REPLIED TO THIS EMAIL
ADDESS WILL NOT BE READ OR ANSWERED.
THIS IS AN AUTOMATED EMAIL. CONTACT WINNERS@NATIONAL-LOTTERYUK.ORG
FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
LONDON 2012 Response
From: London 2012 Ticket Support [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 09, 2010 10:44 AM
To: NAME REMOVED;
London 2012 Ticket Support
Subject: RE: Email enquiry: General ticketing information
Thank you for your email.
It has been drawn to our attention that London 2012's
name has been abused in relation to some email scams and other fraudulent or
Scam emails try to persuade the email receiver to submit
personal information or to part with money as an up-front payment in order to
release a prize.
We have also been made aware of fake lotteries and prize
draws which purport to raise funds for London 2012 but don't.
Currently there are three ways of playing National
Lottery games by which you can contribute to the Games:
Dream Number - a draw-based game played twice weekly and
played alongside the main Lotto draw Instant Win Games Scratch cards - it is
always possible to tell whether a Lottery Scratch card is a bona fide
fundraiser for London 2012. To verify this, read the back of the ticket and
look out for the following wording 'The Good Cause contribution from the sale
of this Scratch card will go to the fund set up for the 2012 Olympic Games and
The majority of scratch cards raising funds for the Games
carry the London 2012 logo but this is not always the case and you should refer
to the back of the ticket for confirmation of official status.
All official London 2012 Games will be operated by the
As a general rule, if you have not entered a competition,
you won't have won a prize, and you should treat the email with absolute
caution. Official London 2012 Volunteer and Supporter emails are always sent
from one of the following addresses:
If you do receive an unsolicited email purporting to be
from London 2012, which is not from either of these email addresses, do not
open it - delete it and in no circumstances should you provide any personal
details or pay any money over to person who sent the email.
Andy on behalf of The London 2012 Ticketing team.