"Dear lotto player, congratulations! Your numbers have just been confirmed, and you have won £100,000,000 in the UK Lottery! Call Ms Smith now to claim your prize!"
Who would have thought it? There you are, sitting at work minding your own business, when all of a sudden an email comes through to you announcing news beyond your wildest dreams. You’ve just won the lottery! And not any old prize - a jackpot in the millions, enough to make all your fantasies of luxury come true and then some. You rush to call the lottery operator to claim your fantastic prize, and then it hits you… could this be a scam?
Sadly, the answer is often yes - as despite most savvy email users wising up to the costly tricks pulled by scamsters, occasionally even the best among us slip through the cracks. Take a look at our guide to telling the difference between a rip-off and the real thing, and make sure that you, your money, and your personal details stay safe at all times.
5 golden rules to getting the best of scamsters
1. It almost goes without saying, but whenever you receive a lottery winning notification, the first thing you need to do is ask yourself, did you buy a ticket? If the answer is no, the email is most definitely a scam. If the answer is yes, and the email is from GiantLottos, chances are it's authentic - but if you're uncertain, simply contact our support team to double-check for your peace of mind.
2. Check the sender's address of your winning notification email. Genuine emails from GiantLottos will have an authentic email address, whereas emails from fraudsters will usually be sent from free accounts such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and so on. Official lottery operators will never send emails from a free web-based account, so if that’s where your email has originated from, you can be sure it's a fake.
3. Does your winning notification email ask you to submit any personal information, such as your bank details, passport number or ID number? If so, delete it immediately. Authentic emails, such as those from GiantLottos, will never ask you for details such as these, raising a red flag for you whenever any organisation does.
4. Similarly, if your winning email asks you to keep your winnings a secret until after the jackpot money has cleared in your account, you can also be sure the email is a fake. At GiantLottos we're just as excited about your wins as you are, so should you ever hit the jackpot, we'll encourage you to make your good fortune known, rather than hiding it away. Another scam alert for you to steer clear of.
5. Last but not least, should your winning notification email ask you to deposit any money in order to receive your winnings, DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY! Genuine lottery operators will never ask you to send any money, any fees or any taxes, so should you receive an email asking you for any amount of money, no matter how small, you can be 100% sure it's a fake. Should your winnings be subject to any taxes or processing fees, these will be subtracted upfront from the capital amount, and will never be asked for as a separate amount from the winner. No matter how tempting the thought of claiming £100,000,000 might be, simply delete the email, block the sender and move on.
Win your own genuine lottery jackpot from GiantLottos.com
Luckily at GiantLottos, should you be one of our jackpot winners, you'll always know about it immediately, either through a genuine winning notification email, or through a phone call from your dedicated account manager. And when that day comes, you have our permission to jump up and down and shout it from the rooftops - we know we will be!
Of course as you know, you have to be in it to win it, which is why buying your tickets in time for the weekly draws is so important. The Friday and Saturday draws will soon be upon us, and you don't want to miss out on all that lovely lottery loot up for grabs. Simply login to your account, buy your tickets for your favourite international lotteries, and get ready to live a life of ultimate luxury and ultimate winning!