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.

Friday, November 11, 2005

winning notification


Ref: FER/6598/5487/26
Winning No:963/WDE/125

Attn: We happily announce to you the draw of the Bono Lottery International
Program held on the 28th of OCTOBER, 2005. Your name "email address" was
attached to ticket number; 12324277 serial number 6663817262 This batch
draws the lucky numbers as follows 2-9-22-23-24-30 bonus number 5, which
consequently won the lottery in the second category.

You hereby have been approved lump sum pay of $500,000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS)file Ref: FER/8309/1209/26 from the total cash prize of
$5,000,000.00 shared amongst ten lucky winners,based on their category.

All participants "email address" were selected through a computer balloting
system drawn form Nine hundred thousand names from Canada,Australia,United
States,Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Oceanic as part of our
internationalpromotions program which is conducted annually.

This Lottery was promoted and sponsored by some multinational companies as
part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where
they have operational base.

To process your claims you are hereby advice to contact the apponted agent
below with your Full Name, Contact Home and Office Address Tel & Fax Number
for easy communication.

Please quote your reference, batch and winning number which can be found on
the top left corner of this notification as well as your full names and
address to help locate your file easily.

For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this information
confidential from the public until your claim is processed and your prize
released to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid dual
claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by non-participant
or unofficial personnel.

Note, all winnings must be claimed before 29th of NOVEMBER 2005 otherwise
your prize will be returned as Unclaimed and eventually donated to charity.

Congratulations once again on your winnings!!!

Best Regards Susan Zeaman

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