Current Status

This blog is not frequently updated because most case-by-case scam reports are now listed in subordinate blogs. At this point in time, most of my efforts are targeted at documenting employment scams in the Suckers Wanted blog.


Lottery Scam: The National Lottery

The winnings notifications just keep rolling in here at iDeceive. I'm also getting pretty sick of the useless information provided by reverse DNS lookups and WHOIS. This spam arrived from, for which the reverse DNS lookup yields "", but a lookup on that name yields "no such domain". Broken! Useless, stupid, so-called "Internet" service provider that can't adhere to Internet standards. The WHOIS information is not much more useful: the netname is "Gilat-ART293" -- uninformative; the description is "Please Send Abuse/SPAM complaints To" -- so that's an Israel address, but otherwise not helpful in identifying the address delegate; the country is listed as "GB" -- so there's a British component here; the contact addresses are also in Israel. The domain name "" gets us pretty much nowhere -- there are no active websites obviously attached to the name, and the name is registered via Yahoo! to someone giving the name "Julian Hook" and claiming to be from London. The contact email address is also at the domain "", and the MX for that domain is "", and a lookup on that address failed to find any active servers! What a slum of a netblock. Utterly, utterly inexcusable. If it were a block of flats, they'd condemn it.

Anyway: best guess is this came from Israel, but basically it came from a slimy hole somewhere on the Internet that should be disconnected for the common good.

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
                   WINNING NOTIFICATION:
We happily announce to you the draw (#982) of the UK NATIONAL 
LOTTERY,online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 
21st of May, 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 
56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky
numbers:14-34-38-43-47-48(bonus no.09), which subsequently won you the 
lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.You have therefore 
been approved to claim a total sum of    £1,113,656   (One Million One 
Hundred thirteen Thousand,Six Hundred And Fifty-Six pounds sterling) in 
cash credited to file 
KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of  £16,212,965  
shared amongst the  (13) lucky winners in this category i.e Match 5 
plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from
World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from 
over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed
online. This promotion takes place weekly.
   Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
coupon. In view of this, your  £1,113,656   (One Million One Hundred 
thirteen Thousand,Six Hundred And Fifty-Six pounds sterling) would be 
released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.
   Our European agent will immediately commence the process to
facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.
  For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning
information confidential till your claims is processed and your money 
remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. 
This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and 
unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.
To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary
Fax:44871 994 0278
Goodluck from me and members of staff of the UK
Yours faithfully,
Richard K. Lloyd.
Online coordinator for UK NATIONAL LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
Copyright © 1994-2005 The UK National Lottery Inc.
All rights reserved. Terms of Service - Guidelines  

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