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.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Euromillion Loteria Espa�ol

Euromillion Loteria Espaï¿œol
Paseo De La Castellana
15-89, 28008 Madrid.
Spain Branch.
Ref. Nᅵ: ES/007/05/12/MAD.
Batch. Nᅵ: GHT/2907/333/05.

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our computer
sweepstake held on 30th September, 2005. This is a millennium
computer game in which email addresses were used. It is a promotional
aimed at encouraging internet users; therefore you do not need to buy
to enter for it.
Your email address attached to ticket star number (4-5) drew the
lucky numbers 3-19-26-49-50 which consequently won the draw in the
category. You have been approve for the star prize of EUR 667,248.26.
Hundred And Sixty Seven Thousand, Two Hundred And Fourty Eight Euros.
Six Cents)
You are advised to keep this winning very confidential until you
your lump prize in your account or optional cheque issuance to you.
is a protective measure to avoid double claiming by people you may tell
we have had cases like this before, please send your Full Name,Home and
Office Tel & Fax Number, Mobile Tel Number and your winning ticket
numbers and amount won information for processing of your winning fund
to our registered claim agent in addrres below.

mainlandtrust Security Service
Mr.Phillip Weeks
Address: Avenida de America 12
Madrid Spain.

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 30th november,
note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, remember
quote your reference number and batch number in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent
as soon as possible.
Once again congratulations.

Best regard,
Mrs. Emily Simon,
Lottery coordinator.
The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity
whom or which it is addressed. Unauthorised use, disclosure or copying
is strictly prohibited. The sender accepts no liability for the
transmission of this communication nor for any delay in its receipt

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