MasterCard Lottery Exposed: Players Beware!

MasterCard Lottery

MasterCard Lottery – Scam or Identity Theft?

Having personally received several emails from MasterCard World Lottery 2013, it was time to go in and take a look at what these folks were targeting and how many bought into it. The fact that the emails are usually scattered with MasterCard logos, they do look very real. Adding to the credibility factor is the use of the name of Microsoft as the mechanism for the selection of email addresses. Stop! It is either a scam or a form of identity theft!

How Does MasterCard Lottery Work?

People receive an email from out of the blue claiming they have won a jackpot sum of money. This usually involves using the BB (blind copy) which means they’ve sent it out to many different people. The currency ranges include British Pounds, Euros and US Dollars. They are asking for you to send personal details to process your claim. It all looks fairly upfront except in some cases where the spelling and grammar make reading through the email very difficult. They usually acquire email addresses either from mass spam sellers or hacking someone’s computer.

MasterCard Lottery

The MasterCard Lottery Sting

Upon sending the information, people will usually receive an email back advising that there are some upfront costs to be paid. These are processing fees that can include insurance, banking fees, delivery costs, and tax. Some use western union while others set up a bank account or ask for a credit card for these fees. The email could come from a courier company or an individual.

Name Game at MasterCard Lottery

This scam can come under a variety of names including MasterCard/Microsoft INTERNATIONAL MEGA JACKPOT, MasterCard Lottery 2013, MasterCard Mega Jackpot and MasterCard International Bank Promo. They will try different combinations to try and make the lottery more credible.

Why Do People Buy It?

These scammers are smart. They use credible phone numbers, addresses and in some cases mirror emails that look believable. With telephone numbers, they can get a number in to say the UK which automatically diverts to another number. It means you think you are talking to someone in the UK but they could be anywhere. With the ability to set up domains online, anyone can create what looks like a credible email address though in most cases these folks are using free email providers like Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail. Lastly, many read the snail mail address and figure that since they published an address, it must be real. It isn’t!

MasterCard Lottery Scam or Identity Theft

In most cases, this is a scam to get small amounts of money for processing fees of some sort. The more serious scammers are into identity theft and will use the information you provide to register credit cards (and run up big accounts), access bank accounts and/or create debts on your behalf. Then, they simply disappear.

Safekeeping at MasterCard Lottery

One of the weird things is most of the emails include instructions on keeping your winning information to yourself to avoid theft and misplaced information. I personally found the comment “avoid too many talks” illiterately amusing except that some people will buy into this. They also recommend being careful in communicating with the person who sent it as misconduct could null and void your claim. Of course, they are trying to ensure that you don’t discuss this scam with anyone who might persuade you not to participate. If we’re going to talk about safekeeping and Master Card Lottery, let’s talk about hitting the delete button on your computer.

Consumer Complaints on MasterCard Lottery

The complaints and warnings online are so numerous, it’s really sad how many people continue to be taken in by the MasterCard Lottery scam. Consumerfraudreporting.org, hoax-slayer.com, and phishing.vcu.edu are only a few of the different sites available with good information on the examples of these scams. Sadly, they seem to be increasing and not decreasing.

The Bottom Line

If you receive an email that claims it is offering a win from MasterCard under any name combination, delete the email. Do not answer it! MasterCard does not run any form of lottery in conjunction with any company much less Microsoft. Whether they are after your money or after your identity, protect your dollars and yourself and do not respond. I don’t even bother reading them anymore but simply DELETE, DELETE, DELETE!.

  1. Dear Sirs,

    Yesterday I received in my inbox this odd mail (in Spanish):

    MasterCard® Office 2000 Purchase Street New York Estados Unidos

    : + 1-315-326-7060

    REF: HWS / 200128330/20
    LOTE NO: 18/203 / JJS
    NÚMERO DE SERIE: 5388/20
    GANADOR NO: 2977172
    BOLETO NO: 564-75600545- 188
    CANTIDAD GANADA: $ 500,000.00 USD

    Estimado Ganador

    Me complace informarle el resultado del programa MasterCard / Bitcoin International (E-LOTTERY) que tuvo lugar el 25 de Marzo de 2020. en Nueva York, USA. Esta es una lotería generada por computadora para usuarios de Internet que usan direcciones de correo electrónico activas y no requieren que juegues o compres boletos de lotería. Este sorteo se basa completamente en la selección electrónica de ganadores que usan sus direcciones de correo electrónico de diferentes (www) sitios de la World Wide Web. Su dirección de correo electrónico se adjuntó al número ganador: 2977172 con la suma ganadora de $ 500,000 (QUINIENTOS MIL DÓLARES ESTADOS UNIDOS) en el archivo de crédito en efectivo con REF: HWS / 200128330/20.

    Esta cantidad (10,000,000 USD) se comparte entre veinte (20) afortunados ganadores en esta categoría. Todos los participantes fueron seleccionados al azar a través de un sistema de votación por computadora extraído de (900,000) Novecientos mil direcciones de correo electrónico de Asia, Europa, Medio Oriente, África, América, Oceanía, América del Sur y Central. Como parte de nuestro programa de promociones internacionales que se realiza anualmente.

    Esta lotería es promovida y patrocinada por una MasterCard junto con Bitcoin bajo el programa de alivio de la pobreza de las Naciones Unidas para los fondos internacionales Covid-19 pandamic releive. Sin embargo, sus datos ganadores se encuentran en nuestra oficina de representación en Accra, Ghana, como se indica en nuestra base de datos. Su premio de $ 500,000 USD (QUINIENTOS MIL DÓLARES ESTADOS UNIDOS) se le entregará desde la misma oficina regional en Accra, Ghana. Póngase en contacto con el administrador de reclamos para obtener instrucciones y procedimientos de reclamos.
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    Agente de reclamo regional de lotería electrónica MasterCard

    Nombre: MR. ADAN MARIN
    Correo electrónico: adanmarin093 @ gmail.com
    : +1 470-575-4996 +233 20 3108 364
    Whatsapp: +233 23 7267028

    1. Nombre completo
    2. Dirección
    3. edad
    4. teléfono
    5. Género
    6. Ocupación
    7. Estado
    8. País
    9. Una copia de su identificación válida
    Proporcione lo siguiente para ayudar a localizar su archivo fácilmente.
    Número de referencia:
    Numero de lote:
    Número de serie:
    Numero ganador:
    Numero de ticket:

    Nota: debe reclamar su premio: a más tardar 30 días después de recibir esta notificación por correo electrónico, para evitar
    retrasos innecesarios con su reclamo bancario, si recibe este correo como basura o spam, no lo ignore. Puede ser causado por algunas dificultades técnicas en nuestro servidor de correo electrónico.

    PROCEDIMIENTOS / DERECHOS Y PRECAUCIONES.
    Póngase en contacto con el Administrador de reclamos con todos sus requisitos de reclamos bien cumplidos. Su administrador de reclamos le dará todas las pautas sobre cómo procesar los reclamos.

    El Administrador de reclamos tiene el derecho de descalificarlo por su mala conducta; Debe mantener sus datos ganadores en privado hasta que se envíe su premio. Cualquier correo recibido de tal debe ser reportado al administrador, esto ayudará a combatir la estafa.

    Tenga en cuenta que todas las ganancias deben reclamarse antes del 25 de APRIL de 2020; de lo contrario, todos los fondos se devolverán como no reclamados y, finalmente, se reabsorberán en nuestro próximo sorteo.

    ¡Felicitaciones una vez más por tus ganancias!

    Tuyo en servicio,
    Secretario
    Señora Sandra Sanchez
    MasterCard® y Microsoft® Mega Jackpot
    .
    Sr. Ajaypal S. Banga @
    (Presidente y CEO, MasterCard Worldwide)

    It’s obvious that it’s a scam. Please don’t give any of your details.

    Regards,

    Andrea E. Bossoni

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  2. MasterCard®/ Mega Lottery
    MasterCard®Office: 2000 Purchase Street
    Purchase, NY 10577 U.S.A.
    PRESIDENT & CEO: Ajay Banga
    MASTERCARD®INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMO
    TICKET NUMBER: 0816 5701 470
    REGISTRATION NO: 9027640
    INSURANCENO: MSTC4114
    TAX CLEARANCE NO: 28456
    AMOUNT WON: $9,500, 000.00

    Dear Winner,
    With utmost felicitation, I am pleased to announce to you the official publication of results of the E-mail Electronic Online Sweepstakes Organized by MasterCard in conjunction with Microsoft International MasterCard® Credit Card Lottery Promo held on 5 October 2019 where you (through an electronic email database random selection) emerged as one of the lucky twenty (20) winners. You have therefore, been approved by MasterCard®/ Visa Card International to receive $9,500, 000.00 (Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars)in credit card, credited to MasterCard No. 5283 0421 0025 3621 and With Reg.No. MCIMJ: 5148/4178.

    Be also informed that your prize(MasterCard No. 5283042100253621) has been insured and credited with the total sum won and ready for pay out and delivery to your designated home address which you are to provide to your claim administrator. You will be able to make withdrawal at any ATM point or credit card facility in your country.

    Furthermore, your winning prize delivery logistics will be superintended by our regional representative office in Republic of Benin as was indicated in your winning coupon slip.

    To process your winning prize delivery, please contact our Foreign Payment Bureau Officer electronically by neatly filling the verification details below:

    (1) Your Contact Address:
    (2) Your Contact Telephone/Mobile Number:
    (3) Your Nationality/Country:
    (4) Your Full Names:
    (5) Occupation:
    (6) Age/Gender:
    (7) Marital Status:
    (8) Private Email Address:
    (9) Ever Won An Online Lottery?
    (10) How Do You Feel As A Winner?
    (11) REGISTRATION NO: 9027640
    (12) MasterCard No: 5283 0421 0025 3621
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Send verification details to:
    Malhotra Raghu: President, Middle East & North Africa MasterCard Executive Board.
    Email: malhotraraghu584 @gmail.com, malhotraraghu @hotmail.com

    NOTE!!! For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims are processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be WARNED!!!!
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of MasterCard International.

    Malhotra Raghu,
    President, Middle East & North Africa MasterCard Executive Board.
    Ajay Banga,

    President and Chief Executive Officer,
    MasterCard® International.
    (©2019)MasterCard® International.
    MasterCard Sweepstakes in Retrospect:

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  3. MasterCard® MegaLottery
    MasterCard® Office: 2000 Purchase Street
    Purchase, NY 10577 U.S.A.
    President & CEO: Ajay Banga

    RE: MASTERCARD® INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMO:

    Dear Beneficiary,
    With utmost felicitation, We are pleased to announce to you the official publication of results of the E-mail Electronic Online Sweepstakes Organized by MasterCard Inc®, in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of MasterCard/Visa Card products(F.P.S), the Credit Card Lottery Promo held on February 2019, we wish to congratulate you for being among the twelve (12) lucky winners in the on-going online promo, where you (through an electronic e-mail database random selection) emerged as one of the twelve lucky(12) winners. Hence we do believe with your prize, you will continue to be active in using MasterCard/Visa Card products, you have been approved by MasterCard/Visa Card International to receive a credited MasterCard with the sum of $5,800, 000.00 (Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand US Dollars), with the MasterCard No. 5283 0421 0025 3621 and With Reg. No. MCIMJ: 5148/4178.

    We want to bring to your knowledge also that your prize with (MasterCard No. 5283 0421 0025 3621 and reg. No. MCIMJ: 5148/4178) has been credited with the total sum won and insured, ready for pay out and deliver to the beneficiary door-step according to his/her provided designated home address, the beneficiary will be able to make withdrawal at any ATM point or credit card facility in his/her country.

    Furthermore, your winning prize delivery logistics will be superintended by our regional representative office in Africa as was indicated in your winning coupon slip.

    To process your winning prize delivery, please contact our Foreign Payment Bureau Officer electronically by neatly filling the verification details below:

    (1) Your Contact Address:
    (2) Your Contact Telephone/Mobile Number:
    (3) Your Nationality/Country:
    (4) Your Full Names:
    (5) Occupation:
    (6) Age/Gender:
    (7) Marital Status:
    (8) Private Email Address:
    (9) Ever Won An Online Lottery?
    (10) How Do You Feel As A Winner?
    (11) REGISTRATION NO:
    (12) MasterCard No:

    NOTE: You can either fill your claims verification form by printing and manually filling out the requested details or you can fill directly on e-mail, or provide the details on Microsoft Word.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Contact our Foreign Payment Bureau Officer below:
    Vicky Bindra,
    President, Asia Pacific and Global Accounts for MasterCard Worldwide.
    Email: mastercardboardoffice6 @gmail.com

    NOTE!!! For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims are processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be WARNED!!!!
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of MasterCard International.

    Ajay Banga, Michael Miebach (Right),
    President and Chief Executive Officer, President Middle East and Africa MasterCard,
    MasterCard® International.
    (©2016) MasterCard® International.
    MasterCard Sweepstakes in Retrospect:

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  4. I received several mails informing that I won a prize for $500.000.00, and I have to go Ghana to receive the prize there is a man called Adan Marin, supposed to be an agent of master card, I have to send $120.000. U.s dollars in order to claim the prize or go to Accra, Ghana, because I have to sign some documents
    Thanks
    Roberto Gonzalez-Rubio

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  5. Here is a one that I just got it just a scam about winning from Master Card

    MasterCard® MegaLottery
    MasterCard® Office: 2000 Purchase Street
    Purchase, NY 10577 U.S.A.
    President & CEO: Ajay Banga

    RE: MASTERCARD® INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMO:

    Dear Beneficiary,
    With utmost felicitation, We are pleased to announce to you the official publication of results of the E-mail Electronic Online Sweepstakes Organized by MasterCard Inc®, in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of MasterCard/Visa Card products(F.P.S), the Credit Card Lottery Promo held on January 2018, we wish to congratulate you for being among the twelve (12) lucky winners in the on-going online promo, where you (through an electronic e-mail database random selection) emerged as one of the twelve lucky(12) winners. Hence we do believe with your prize, you will continue to be active in using MasterCard/Visa Card products, you have been approved by MasterCard/Visa Card International to receive a credited MasterCard with the sum of $5,800, 000.00 (Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand US Dollars), with the MasterCard No. 5283 0421 0025 3621 and With Reg. No. MCIMJ: 5148/4178.

    We want to bring to your knowledge also that your prize with (MasterCard No. 5283 0421 0025 3621 and reg. No. MCIMJ: 5148/4178) has been credited with the total sum won and insured, ready for pay out and deliver to the beneficiary door-step according to his/her provided designated home address, the beneficiary will be able to make withdrawal at any ATM point or credit card facility in his/her country.

    Furthermore, your winning prize delivery logistics will be superintended by our regional representative office in Africa as was indicated in your winning coupon slip.

    To process your winning prize delivery, please contact our Foreign Payment Bureau Officer electronically by neatly filling the verification details below:

    (1) Your Contact Address:
    (2) Your Contact Telephone/Mobile Number:
    (3) Your Nationality/Country:
    (4) Your Full Names:
    (5) Occupation:
    (6) Age/Gender:
    (7) Marital Status:
    (8) Private Email Address:
    (9) Ever Won An Online Lottery?
    (10) How Do You Feel As A Winner?
    (11) REGISTRATION NO:
    (12) MasterCard No:

    NOTE: You can either fill your claims verification form by printing and manually filling out the requested details or you can fill directly on e-mail, or provide the details on Microsoft Word.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Contact our Foreign Payment Bureau Officer below:
    Vicky Bindra,
    President, Asia Pacific and Global Accounts for MasterCard Worldwide.
    Email: mastercardboardoffice6 @gmail.com

    NOTE!!! For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims are processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be WARNED!!!!
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of MasterCard International.

    Ajay Banga, Michael Miebach (Right),
    President and Chief Executive Officer, President Middle East and Africa MasterCard,
    MasterCard® International.
    (©2016) MasterCard® International.
    MasterCard Sweepstakes in Retrospect:

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  6. I have been scammed and have sent my drivers license.

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    • Me too. I received also that kind of message. I sent all of my personal details, except my passport copy or drivers license when the time that I need to pay for the shipment of my parcel to send it to me thru DHL, at the first really I was so excited, but I realized that if I am a winner, why I need to pay for the parcel, I think that it should be free for delivery, right?

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      • Me too received also that kind of message. I send all of my personal details expect my passport copy when the time that I need to pay for the shipment of my parcel to sent it to me thru DHL at the fast really I was so excited but I realized it I am a winner why I need to pay for the parcel I think that it should be free for delivery rights 9500000$ I am winner

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