Harry Black is not giving you his lottery winnings; it’d put him in the red

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller

Don’t fall for Harry Black’s Lottery giveaway. If you do, you’ll be asked to give away a lot more.

The “Harry Black” lottery emails are phishing scams coming out of British Columbia. The emails claim Mr. Black, a Canadian who won the $31 million dollars double jackpot with identical lottery tickets, is going to share his lottery winnings with you. He won the lottery in April but waited until May to come forward to collect the prize, instead taking time to organize his personal business affairs.Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 10.14.43 AM

The warning to being a lucky recipient is you must contact Mr. Black at his email address harryblack89@*****.com.  Attempts to email Mr. Black at this address were foiled by my email service provider that declared it was an invalid address.

Do not respond to emails like these! They are scams designed to steal your personal  information to be used for identity theft.

You have to ask yourself – if this is true, am I one in a million or  one of a million people to receive these emails. When you account for all the emails that go out, if there were 31 million emails sent out, what percentage of the money would you be awarded? How about 300 million emails? Your chances of winning the lottery is about the same as getting money from a lottery winner.

Earlier this year, I reported on a couple from eastern Canada who was used in a similar scam. The couple was winners of the lottery ($11.3 million) and  had never made any promises to give away their winnings other than to local organizations and their children.

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One response to “Harry Black is not giving you his lottery winnings; it’d put him in the red

  1. Mark Burrows

    What truly would amaze me is that after one lottery scam was completely debunked coming out of Canada up pops another one. Either people do not pay attention or must think that Canadians are wonderfully generous people with their lottery winnings. I can assure, they are not.
    It is true, that Harry Black won half of a large 65 million dollar Lottery. The interesting thing is 4 tickets split the jackpot, but Mr. Black held 2 of them because he had a unique habit of buying 2 tickets with the same numbers each time, clever.
    Now, let’s apply some logic to this. Harry Black is not an American citizen, he has no heritage or obligatory interest in the United States. He was born Canadian and his ancestors were Scottish.
    Now, Scots are extremely prudent and tight with their finances. They do not flash it about nor give it away.
    Now, of course Harry may have been more tamed being brought up as a Canadian, but Canadians are not much different. Most Canadians believe in self enterprise. Canadians like to build, then if they build and someone comes and offers them more money for what they have built then they will first consider if the future trends are still profitable, even or bending toward the down slope. It if looks even or down. They will sell if the price offered is extremely high. Then the go off and build something else.
    Never mind any of that. When you win a lottery in Canada, you sign a waiver that states you will not engage in any illegal activity with your winnings. Sending out such emails would be termed as phishing, which would be illegal. They would not take away Mr. Black’s money, but they would put him in prison long enough that he will never enjoy it.
    Thus, this is a scam to steal identity information. Red flag number one. He did not win money in US dollars, he won it in Canadian dollars. If a scam came out of Britain it would be in pounds, if it came out of the rest of Europe it would be in Euros. So, why would Canadians not say CDN dollars, they are just as proud of their economy as anyone.
    To top it off, the diction alone in the email comes off more like it was written by the same school of thought that authored most of the Nigerian email scams.
    Harry Black works in the film industry in British Columbia and has a lucrative job, he has access to some of the top legal writers in the world. He certainly would have come up with a more elaborate email than that if it were genuine.
    Then, I saved the best for last. The biggest red flag of them all. How does the letter start? Dear Recipient. That alone tells you that it is an email that is going out to possibly millions. Second, it states that he received your email address from the Google Management Team. Sorry, Google does not give out or sell that information. You put yourself at risk only by entering sites. and inadvertently click on an advertisement.
    Hey, it even happens to old computer veterans like me, I go to scroll down and being absent minded because I a reading I use my cursor instead of my down button, an evil ad will pop up and slip under my cursor and off I go. Then more junk sites to add to my block list.
    I know I talk too much, but I still would be curious to know if anyone would actually fall prey to this one. It really is bad.

    Mark Burrows

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