Email scammers have used EuroMillions winners Dave and Angie Dawes’ names to dupe innocent victims.
A ruthless lottery email scam has been targeting unsuspecting victims using the names of well-known winner Dave and Angie Dawes to exploit hundreds of innocent people.
The couple – who landed a €101 million fortune in October last year – have had their names used in this fraud operation, promising the recipients of the emails that they want to give them a cut of their winnings, the Daily Mail reports.
Savvy victims may have been able to identify the emails as bogus, as the wording is unusual, claiming to offer “a lifetime opportunity” that is “100 per cent legitimate”.
As a means of explaining away the Dawes’ apparently disproportionate generosity, the scam artist has claimed the couple wants to keep hold of just two per cent of their €101 million prize “for a rainy day”.
In addition, the author of the bogus correspondence claims 43-year-old Angie has been fighting cancer and will be giving most of her money to the hospital in which she received her treatment – a fact that has been entirely fabricated.
Anybody who responds to these emails will eventually be asked for their bank details and risks having their entire bank savings drained.
Spokesman for the UK lottery organization Camelot Simon Horne confirmed the emails are not from Dave or Angie Dawes and those who receive such a message need to proceed with caution.
“People need to delete the emails and not reply or engage in any conversation. It is very sad that this happens,” he stated.
Unfortunately, lottery email scams occur all over the world, with Western Australians being targeted by such criminals earlier this month.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a bogus message using the official Lotterywest logo has been asking recipients to reveal their bank details and provide identification as a means of accessing a lottery prize.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll said that people should not respond to these emails – even if they are asking the sender not to write to them again – because it lets the fraudster know the account is active and will encourage them to bombard it with more emails.
Many spend all their lives dreaming of when they will be lucky enough to win big jackpots such as the EuroMillions or lottery. The last thing they worry about is that their good fortune will make them unknowingly conspiring in a lottery scam. It is a shame that scam artist are always finding new ways to exploit good fortune.