I think most of us would not say no to thousands of Pounds (or Dollars) and a lot of us, myself included, amuse ourselves by entering various competitions. In the hopes that we may, one day, win something.
But I've become aware of a scam, and I think the people who create the scam, target people who enter the online competitions, because they hope we won't remember which ones we actually went in for.
Here's how it works. . . An email comes to your inbox. One email I received, said I had won £5,000,000 in an online draw. Because I had gone in for several contests, all of them draws, I couldn't be completely sure I hadn't won. They asked for several details, name, address, occupation, etc. In short, nothing sinister like bank details or Insurance Numbers. I sent what they said to send, and one day later I had another email saying I had been cleared for the prize and I was supposed to contact a corrier company who would deliver my winnings to my bank. . . Could they please have the details? I emailed back and said I would not supply my bank details, and that if they were genuine, they could deliver the cheque to my home. . . I did not hear from them again.
A couple of days later I had another email. This time from ‘Euro Millions', or so they said. This time I had won a share of £40,000, and once again I was to send information so they could check me out. Once again the information was not something they couldn't have discovered, so I sent it off, because I wanted to know what they wanted next. I wanted to investigate. Sure enough, an email came quickly with details of the corrier company. This time I was to contact them, to find out how much it would cost ME to have my prize delivered! A scam if ever I saw one!
I also had a weepy letter from some woman who claimed she was a rich, titled, lady who is dying and wants someone trustworthy to handle all her millions. Get out the violin, and give the woman some writing lessons because she is rubbish at writing fiction (and fiction is what it was) I did not reply to ‘Lady Whatsit’. If I had, she would probably have asked for my bank details, so that she could put the fortune in my bank - except that she would, instead, have taken all the money in my account!
We all say we won't be scammed, but we could all fall pray to something, or other. The best thing we can do, is warn each other when we find an online scam. I hope that is what we honest folks will do from now on!