Text Messaging Scam: FreeLotto Corporation – FreeLotto UK Mobile – FreeLotto Mobile Promotion – FreeLotto Bonanza
For more information, please visit FreeLotto’s Fraud Alert page at http://www.freelotto.com/fraudalert.asp
The FreeLotto customer care team has been receiving many inquiries concerning win notifications that are sent by mobile or SMS messages. FreeLotto notifies it’s winners via email or courier package.
An example of one of these scam message reads something like this:
CONGRATS! YOUR MOBILE NUMBER HAS WON FOR YOU $2,000,000 USD IN THE FREELOTTO MOBILE PROMO. FOR CLAIMS, SEND MAIL: email@example.com
Other examples can be found on the Fraud Alert section of our website at www.freelotto.com/fraudalert.asp (Examples 7 & 14).
Often, these scam phone messages like the FreeLotto UK mobile scam, will reference FreeLotto or other legitimate companies or lottery organizations. They have also deceptively used the name FreeLotto Corporation or FreeLotto Mobile Award. These messages claim that the recipient has won a cash prize and that they must provide their personal information to receive it. Once the recipient has provided that information, the person or organization sending the message will request a money order or cash wire transfer so that they can process the win. After receiving the money, they will invent another reason why the prize cannot be released until an additional fee is paid. This will continue until the alleged prize winner realizes that they are being scammed or, unfortunately, until they run out of money.
Please be advised that FreeLotto will never request money to claim a prize and we will never ask for personal information through an unsolicited message. If you receive one of these messages, do not respond. These messages are simply intended to scam the recipients into giving them money, or in some cases, personal financial information used to steal their identity. The sender of the message never intends to give out a prize. The prize is simply bait used to lure the potential victim in.
These messages are called Advance Fee Lottery Scams and are not new. They can be sent by email, postal mail, fax, social networking and phone messages. Often times, they will even use logos from real companies or lottery organizations to appear legitimate. They will either claim that the person has won a large sum of money or valuable prizes, such as televisions or cars.
If you have received one of these messages and are unsure whether it is fraudulent, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and our customer care team will review it for legitimacy.