Fraudsters use BBC real news as bait to steal users’ identity



We have seen for many years the typical fraud cases where you are told you have won a lottery price, or someone from Nigeria has chosen you to give you millions of dollars… which also means that users can be able to recognize those kind of messages and to avoid fall in that trick.

And that’s why fraudsters try to innovate and create more realistic scenarios. This week there is a message spammed to a number of users worldwide talking about a donation:

                You have been donated 1,500,000 GBP send name address mobile no for more info, Please read the article –

That URL is not the typical malicious link, it takes you to the real BBC website:

BBC Email scam


To make it more realistic, the subject of the email reads “From Neil Trotter” and if you click on reply, it will send the message with whatever you write to “”.

Of course users should never send any information to people they do not know of, even if they promise to give you 1.5 million Pounds.

Don’t fall for the trap!


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  1. Dave
    Jun 22, 2014 - 10:54 AM
    My wife and I have awarded you with a donation of $ 1.5 million Dollars from
    part of our Jackpot Lottery of 161,653,000 Million Pounds, send your name,
    address, phone for claims.


    We await your earliest response and God Bless you.

    Best of luck.

    Colin & Chris Weir
    Yep I got one of those and replied to it from a different email address pointing out that 1: the email was from a Taiwan email address, 2: to send me money of that amount should not be sent by post, it should be a direct transfer using something like BACS and 3: suggested that I didn’t give my details, but instead had theirs so as to inform them when the money had arrived in my account. Strange being so lucky that I never did get a reply.

  2. Lonnie
    Jun 24, 2014 - 12:57 AM

    “You are one of the five beneficiaries to Neil Trotter donation. Reply Barrister Liam Bradley for Info”‏

    Is what I received in a email. Of course I contacted directly the website of law firm. We will see if I did the right thing or not.

    • Cindy
      Jul 16, 2014 - 12:04 AM

      I received the same email today…aren’t we lucky to have been one of five chosen out of billions of people….LOL!

  3. Sandra
    Jul 05, 2014 - 01:24 PM

    You have been choosen to receive a Donation of 1.5 Million GBP, from Neil Trotter, reply via his private email for details. I received this a few minutes ago… The first thing I’ve done was google it and this page appears first. Thanks for the information.

  4. Susan
    Jul 21, 2014 - 04:27 PM

    Yes is scam never send emails to the Person is nt neil trotter I got a text on my phone few weeks ago saying neil trotter is giving me 1.5million I knew was no it real but I just was to find out how far there people go . They say to me the money is in pireus bank in ukraine and I need email that’s fake email from bank this people are sick they told me to give my bank details to put the money in ahhah and I did. But Iam so broke no money at all no penny Iam changing my bank details be carefull with this people I feel sad but nada can go god bless u



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