Lottery.co.uk reported in the second week of January 2014 stating that a new scam email has been uncovered which falsely claims to be from 2012 Euromillions lottery winners, Adrian and Gillian Bayford.
Gillian Bayford along with her now-divorced husband Adrian won a jackpot of 148 million Pound two years back and after the win decided to grant a part of it to five fortunate persons who were eligible for their grant.
Thecourier.co.uk published a report on 14th January 2014 quoting a scam email written by Adrian Bayford as saying that he and his wife won a jackpot prize of 148 Million Pounds in the Euromillion (sic) Lottery conducted in August 2012.
Presently, they are touring India to see the functioning of their charitable houses. However, they have willingly decided to bequeath 800,000 GBP to the email recipient as part of their charity projects to develop the lot of five anonymous fortunate persons globally and 10 people in their family and friends circle. The couple says that they’ve been trying to contact the email recipient ever since last year but failed to reach him.
The email also carries links to online news reports on the Bayford’s story as covered by the press till now.
A transaction sum of 110 Pounds is asked from the recipient in order to get the grant but money shall never come.
However, the email is a complete scam and has not originated from Bayfords. Anyone who receives such email is being advised to ignore it and report to the police. Richard Hudspith, business partner of Adrian Bayford, also confirms that the email is nonsense.
Lottery.co.uk published news in the second week of January 2014 quoting Richard Hudspith as saying "I think we can safely say its complete rubbish, that one."
Moreover, Adrian and Gillian Bayford are not the sole Euromillions jackpot winners which have been targeted by cybercriminals as on 2nd January, 2014, the name of Euromillions winner Margaret Loughrey of Northern Ireland, was also used to try and fleece people of their money. Loughrey hit the jackpot of 27 million Pounds at the end of last year (2013).