If an email appears in the in-box claiming you have won an Apple Iphone Mobile Promotion (note the incorrect spelling), sponsored in the United Kingdom, simply because your telephone number was selected from millions of Iphone (note the incorrect spelling) users, there may be a problem.
Dr. James Smith, claims agent for the APPLE IPHONE UK GLOBAL LOTTERY, has been contacting people in and around the area by email telling them they are a winner in the Annual Anniversary Draws, a promotion drawing from the company in the UK. When you receive this message, you’re to call (PLEASE CALL: +447045760254) and follow the instructions.
STOP! Don’t go any further. Foreign lotteries violate federal law. Participating in any way is illegal.
The only legal lotteries in the United States are state-run. The majority of foreign lottery solicitations sent into the U.S. don’t come from foreign governments, instead they are coming from a con artist who is looking to take your money and give you nothing in return.
If the lottery sends you a cashier’s check to deposit accompanied with instructions to send funds back for taxes, fees or other costs, do not do it. What actually happens is you deposit a counterfeit check and assume that the money is available in a couple of days. You may not understand that when funds are available it means the financial institution is required by law to allow its customers to withdraw the funds but the customer is still responsible should the funds not be collectible.
Report the receipt of the check to your State Attorney General at (208) 334-2424.
Everyone loves to be a winner, but BBB cautions you not to allow enticing dollar signs to obstruct common sense. They may be after you personal information. How much of it do they need? You’d be surprised. Name, address, date of birth can get them on a start.
If you receive a phone call, letter, or e-mail saying you have won a sweepstakes, a lottery or a prize award, ask yourself:
• How could I win a lottery that I never entered? Calling a long-distance overseas phone number to give more information doesn’t add up. If you won, Apple Iphone (note the incorrect spelling) should have your information.
• Are you being directed to wire money, provide access to your bank account or credit card numbers? This information is used to steal your money.
• Why would they need my personal financial information to claim a sweepstakes or lottery winnings? They are trying to steal your money or identity by masquerading as a sweepstakes or lottery official.
• Do I own an Iphone (note the incorrect spelling)? If the determining factor is to own an Iphone (note the incorrect spelling), and not an authentic Apple iPhone (note the correct spelling), then you probably didn’t win. IF you have any other type of phone, why would you be selected to win?