BBC Lottery: Have you won too?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

I must be the luckiest person on the planet – I keep winning lotteries!

Here’s the latest notification – straight from Aunty Beeb herself, the BBC.

Apparently the BBC is now deciding who has won the lottery based not upon who bought tickets, but instead simply by pulling email addresses out of a hat! That seems so much more efficient than the old way.

You may have thought that there had to be enough people putting a little bit of money *into* the lottery for a small number of people to get a lot *out* of it – but apparently not anymore! Maybe they’re just pleased I’ve been paying the TV license fee for the last twenty years or so.

Now, if you receive an email like this there are probably people out there who will try to convince you that it’s a scam, that it wouldn’t be a good idea to hand over your name, address, age, mobile number, date of birth (hang on – don’t they already have that?) to a complete stranger..

..especially to a complete stranger called “Mr Patetr Thomas”…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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