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.
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.