Lottery scam quick guide: it's a scam if...

  • you win any lottery where you didn't buy a ticket! It's really that easy! It's not just too good to be true: it's bait in a trap!
  • you receive a generous grant out of the blue. Sadly (but not surprisingly) there aren't any benevolent people regularly throwing around millions of pounds/dollars/euros to randomly chosen people. This is just the lottery scam without the ticket.
  • they send you partial payment in the form of a cheque, money order, or direct bank transfer and want you to pay them fees out of that money. They're playing you for a sucker: cheques are frequently forged, and direct transfers made by compromising some poor schmuck's online banking service. You'll wind up a victim of fraud, or a party to it.
  • they want you to send them any money of any sort for any reason. They might try to say there are courier fees or taxes to cover. They're lying. Call their bluff and tell them to take the fees out themselves -- they'll never ever agree, because they can't defraud you unless money is making the reverse trip from you to them somehow.

Saturday, October 08, 2005


The National Lottery


DEVESTEIN 780,ZIUD-OOST(Customer Services)

Ref: NL/9420X2/68

Batch: 074/05/ZY369


Dear Lucky Winner,


We are pleased to notify you the draw of the EURO MILLIONS PROMO/PRIZE:


Sweepstakes International Lottery Program held on October 3, 2005.

Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from

a pool of over 25,000 names of distinguished professionals drawn from

Europe, America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, MiddleEast,parts of

Africa, and North & South America as part of our international

promotions programmed conducted annually to encourage prospective

overseas entries. We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take

part in our subsequent lottery jackpots.

The result of our computer draw selected your name and email address

attached to eticket number:

56475600545188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: , ,  ,

, , with lucky bonus number  which subsequently won you the lottery in

the 1st category i.e.5 1 star Category.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of  1,350,000(One

Million, Three  Hundred and Fifty Thousand  Euro) in cash credited to

file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize shared amongst

the first Six (6) lucky winners in this category i.e.5+1 star Category

Your prize award has been insured in your name and is ready for claims.

To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact

our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners

within a period of 18 days (date of this email inclusive) for the

processing of your winning and remittance to your designated bank

account after all statutory obligations have been satisfactorily

dispensed with.

This promotion takes place weekly. Please note that your lucky winning

number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe

as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your 1,350,000(One

Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euro) would be released to you

by any of our payment offices in Europe.

Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated

period may be forfeited to the pool without further notice.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate

the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish to

establish contact via email with the particulars presented below citing

the batch and reference numbers to this letter between the hours of

8.00am 7.30pm on Monday through Saturday.

Overseas Claims Unit

Netherlands Lottery Fiduciary

Contact Person: James mash


Phone:+31-630 793 816

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and

press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so

desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of

confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems

associated with fraudulent claims.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and

unwarranted abuse of this program.


At your disposal, we remain.

Very Truly Yours,

Carol Smith.




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india said...

i received the same type of mail .i replied back and now i'm getting call from them . they r asking me to make the payment so that they can deliver the mail to my doorstep at the earliest.

Does anybody has any idea what does it contain?

Spotter said...

There is no mail. They just want your money. If you give them money, they will tell you that you need to pay more money, and more money, and more money, for as long as you are willing to be a sucker and send them money.