"You have won!" a large sum of money in a lottery, can excite many; although the recipient may have never bough a ticket to participate. Further in this scam comes the depositing of the "processing fees" or "transfer charges" so that the winnings can be distributed; but will never receive any lottery payment.
Many email lottery scams use the names of legitimate lottery organizations or other legitimate corporation/companies, without their involvement. There are several ways to recognize a fake lottery email:
- Unless someone has bought a ticket, they cannot have won prize.
- The real lottery system does not charge a fee, but would subtract it from the prize, while the scammer will ask the victim to pay a fee before they can receive their prize.
- Scam lottery emails will nearly always come from free email accounts such as Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, Gmail etc.