SMS Scam: BBC UK Lottery


This one received a few minutes back looked very genuine and was quite tempting. The message read:

Congrats:You have won £1000000GBP.Your mobile No.was attached to Lottery No 02 03 17 23 40 BONUS 43 of draw no. 1610 in BBC National LOTTERY UK.Send Name,Address Phone And Bank Details Contact Dr.Franklin on Email:[email protected] Visit our web site on www.bbc.co.uk/lottery/

What is most surprising is that if you were to go to the website, you will indeed arrive on the UK’s National Lottery which is broadcast on BBC (BBC does not coduct the lottery, the Govt. of UK does).

Also on the page, you will see the results of the Draw # 1610 and the numbers in your SMS will match (almost).

So why is it a fake: 

  • The SMS started with the message SMSCaster.com, indicating that the message was sent using a personal mobile phone and software on PC and not using an enterprise SMS system.
  • The sender of the SMS is quite stupid and his mobile phone number (+91 8447175421) was captured in the SMS. I hope that some person in India connected to the legal system takes a note of this post and takes suitable action by tracing the owner of the mobile phone number.
  • The next words on SMS were BBC UK. BBC is a publicly funded company in UK and it dare not waste public money by conducting lotteries. Or it is public boots for them too. They are supposed to be in the business of creating Radio/TV programs for upliftment of people, not scatter largess among the masses. Largess that was acquired by annually taxing people for owning TV in UK (you heard me right folks, you have pay tax in UK for owning a TV).
  • Note the horrible grammar in the message. Arbitrary use of Uppercase, Full-stops, Colon symbols, how the Pound symbol (£) and GBP are used simultaneously.
  • Note that you are supposed to send your contact details to one “Dr.” Franklin on a hotmail email ID (Live.com is an alias to the Hotmail service by Microsoft) that was probably created minutes before the SMS was sent (definitely in 2011, by sender’s own admission).
  • And finally note that you did not actually play the lottery and you do not have the “golden ticket” to prove that you did. Thousands of people like you are going to receive the same SMS, read the numbers on BBC’s website and be under the mistaken impression that you won.

Here is an article in Indian Express which highlights the pity of a Gentleman from Andhra Pradesh who lost 18 Lakhs to such an SMS Scam.

Steer Clear Folks!


37 responses to “SMS Scam: BBC UK Lottery”

  1. i got the same message but they did not told about bank details,a mail came from their side that their agent will come to india to pay after reading your blog as i was in doubt,i am confused what to do

  2. i got the same message but they did not told about bank details,a mail came from their side that their agent will come to india to pay after reading your blog as i was in doubt,i am confuse what to do?

  3. i got the same message. & this no +911132075089 called me & told me about winning prize i m confuse what to do.

  4. i got a sms on mobail…
    my mobail no are win 250.000 $ so what can i do….
    today he had coll me on mobail say my DD are coming there …….
    my mobail no…. 9821044931

    • Dear Sameer,

      Please stop contact with these fraudsters immediately! You will be robbed of your hard-earned money.
      If you do not believe me, just search google for ‘sms scam’ and read the thousands of stories about innocent people like you who have been cheated.

      HTH

  5. dear sir,

    BBC NATIONAL LOTTERY CENTER UNITED KINGDOM
    TEL : +447010702385
    Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/lottery

    he had mail for me. guarantee letter & award certificate had been issud by nordea bank of finland & original copy was sent to ministry of finance in india. and pay the sum of 20,000 Rs. as government stamp fee.

    Reference Number… L/265601137/11
    Batch Number…. 12/00319/IPD
    Winning Number… Y/09788

    what can i do next…..

    your ,
    sameer v. surve

    • Dear Sameer,

      Please stop contact with these fraudsters immediately! You will be robbed of your hard-earned money.
      If you do not believe me, just search google for ‘sms scam’ and read the thousands of stories about innocent people like you who have been cheated.

      Allow me to give you a few hints:
      – If the lottery is by BBC, UK, why is the Bank of Finland issuing a certificate?
      – Ministry of Finance in India does not need to be notified for incoming transactions. The recipient needs to declare the income in his income-tax returns later.
      – Govt. of India does not charge any stamp fee for lottery wins. The winner has to pay 40% of the winnings as income-tax.
      – Isn’t it odd that you have to pay Rs. 20000 without seeing even a rupee of your winning first? To the best of my knowledge, taxes/duties are paid after the person has received money. How can I be charged tax on money that I have not received?
      – You must be incredibly lucky to win such a big amount. Are you this lucky in life all the time?
      – Did you purchase the lottery ticket due to which you are winning the amount? You know that the concept of lottery is that the amount collected in lottery ticket sales is offered as the prize money? If you did not purchase a ticket, are you eligible to win the prize?

      HTH

  6. i had also got such type of sms.
    but the no is different mob no +918447838692
    now i am clear about these scam….
    thanks 4 your bloging

  7. i am tanaji chile live kolhapur i got the massage on my mobail no.9890585915,,
    BBC uk congratulations you have won E 500000 . your mobile no was attached to lottery n o.(01) (14) (25) (33) (34) (43) Bonus.15 of draw no.1597 in bbc national L
    LotterUk contact Jack Benard on Email. [email protected] tel.+447017037899 visit our web site on http://www.bbc.cu.uk/lottery 27.7.2011 6.41.31 am. it is ture plise coll me my email [email protected]

  8. i am onkar singh live chitrakoot dham u.p. i got the massage on my
    mobail.no.9919435356.
    bbc uk .my.mobail no.attached to lottry no. (01) (02) (11) (30)
    (45) (39) bonus. draw no.1626 in bbc national lottary uk
    my.mo.no.0991943xxxx.
    add.bharat puri purani bazar karwi ckt.up.
    sbi. bank a/c no.0307620xxxxx.

    • Dear Onkar singh ji,

      I had to edit your comment to remove highly personal details such as your mobile number and bank a/c number.
      Kindly realise that these SMS messages are fake and scams. They are being sent by people who want to cheat you.

      Regards

  9. i am tanaji chile live in kolhapur i got the on my mobail .BBC UK congratultion you have won E500000.your mobaile no was attached to lottery no 01 14 25 33 34 43 bonus 15 of draw no 1597 in BBC National lottery uk.contact Jack Benard on Email [email protected] tel.+447017037899 visit our web site on http://www.bbc.co.uk lottery 27-7-2011 6.41.31 am

  10. rajib , just read your blog it is gr8 and it is very very helpfull,
    even i have received same sms once from bbc lottery and other from espn lottery ,i also agree with you and didnt encorage these frauds

    • Dear Subhajit,

      It will take a lot more than one blog on the Internet to stop the menace. It will take educated people like you with access to Internet and the ability to seek out information. We owe it to the society to spread knowledge about such scams and save innocent people from losing their life-savings.

      Regards

  11. i winner is 500,000.00gbp in uk bbc mobile draw address ncl coloni chif hows q/no/ 3/8 singrauli m/p india fon. no.09926493724 pin cod 486889 account no.30321893417 state bank of india

  12. My daughter got an email saying she had won a lot of money from a UK lottery picked by her email. Of course as we live in ROI we don’t play UK lottery and they asked for her name address country sex and age but no phone number. What does this all mean? aine

    • Dear Aine,

      These emails, SMS messages are scams designed to cheat you out of your hard earned money.
      Please ignore these messages and do not ever respond to them. If your local law-and-order support is proactive in these matters, you may even report such emails to them and ask their advice on how to prosecute the perpetrators of such crimes.

      Most of these emails are variants of the ‘419 nigerian scam’. Just search the Internet and you will discover many horror stories of innocent people who have been robbed by such scammers; some victims were even murdered!

      HTH

  13. I Got Massage visit us at SMS caster .com for Free BBC UK: Congrates You Won 500,000 Pond GBP Your Mobile No. was Attached to lottery Draw No. 16/27 in BBC National Lottery UK , Sent Name, Add Mobile No. mail Adress sex, bank name A/C no. to Dr. B Lewis on [email protected] hotmail.co.uk +447010044485 Plese Tell Me What To Do.

    • Dear Vikram,

      You have received a fake SMS.

      Just don’t bother with these scam messages. Delete them from your mobile phone and that will be the end of that.

      HTH

  14. i also got an sms that my mobile no has won 500000 Pounds on BBC UK Award.i want to know it is true or not?

    • Dear Hitane,

      You have received a fake SMS.

      Just don’t bother with these scam messages. Delete them from your mobile phone and that will be the end of that.

      HTH

    • Dear Narayan,

      You have received a fake SMS.

      Just don’t bother with these scam messages. Delete them from your mobile phone and that will be the end of that.

      HTH

  15. Sir i recieve same msg bt not d bank acnt no. Nd i respond 2 them nd they said they are coming 2 my resident 2 giving these funds what cn i do..after reading i m scared pls tell nd cal comes from u.k l.taylor winning price 500000 pound pls tel

  16. please, send sms to my mobile no. the sms sent in the name of yours is confusing me . so,plse send some clear information to my mobile or mail to me in the above email id.

  17. HI THIS FAIZ, GUYS I ALSO RECEIVED SUCH TYPES OF MESSEGES AND I HAD CALL ED ON THIS NO.447010037994 THIS IS A FAKE RESEMBLANCE SO PLEASE DONT GO FORWARD ON THIS ISSUE.IT WILL BE WASTE OF TIME THEY HAD CALLED ME FROM THIS NO.8860991362
    THIS IS MY NO.8888956869