Friday, January 3, 2014

Lottery Winner's Good Intentions Hijacked by Fraudsters

When Margaret Loughrey won the £27 million EuroMillions jackpot last year, she announced her intention to spread the money around and do the right thing, but internet fraudsters are now using her name to entice victims into parting with money or providing them with personal details, which could be used for identity theft.

The bogus emails claim Loughrey has decided to give the recipient $1million and then requests details such as name, age, and phone number. The emails are signed "Sincerely, President Margaret Loughrey" and often contain links to online news resources that mention Loughrey's good intentions.

The scam was discovered by, online scam exposé site,, and a site representative advised against opening up communication with the senders of the emails.