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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


From: Union Australia Lottery <>
Date: 15-Feb-2006 01:08

Union Australia Lottery,
38 Archerfield Road,
Darra, QLD, 4076,
Queensland, Australia.
Union Australia Lottery partners: ABN Gaming Board.
PO Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, Netherlands.



It's our pleasure to inform you of the result of the Union Australia
held on the 13th, February 2006. Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket
number: 000101376290, with Cash Prize
number 09910987612, drew €2,000,000.00 (Two Million EUros), which was first
in the 3rd Category of the draws. You have
been approved to receive the sum of €2,000,000.00 (Two Million Euros) from
our paying bank.
Because of mix-up of information(claims) and the limited time for your cash
prize pay-out, we will advice that you keep all
information about this notification confidential(secret) until your prize
(€2,000,000.00 ) have been remitted to you by our
accredited paying bank. You must adhere to this instructions strictly to
avoid the loose of your cash prize to internet abusers
– this program has been abused severally, so we are doing our best to
forestall further abuse by false claims.
It's important to note that this draws were conducted formally under the
watchful eyes of over a 8,000
audiences. Winners were selected through an internet ballot system from
250,000 e-mail addresses(both personal and
corporate e-mail addresses). This program is sponsored and supported by
T-NET ASSETS, in conjunction
with Union Australia lottery.
Congratulations once again. Your e-mail address will be used to participate
in our  next, mega,
draw: €65Million.
BE INFORMED:  all winning (cash prize) must be claimed not later than
10-days after you receive this notification.
Failure to claim your cash prize after this date will result in your cash
prize forfeiture.
Please, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications during the
remitance of your funds, remember to always quote
your personal and winning information in your correspondence with the
paying bank.

Please contact the paying bank with these information for the immediate
remittance of your funds to you.
Kindly send them the following:
(i). your names,
(ii) Contact telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Contact Address
(iv) Your winning numbers
(v) Quote amount won.

Contact the paying bank with the following:
Swissfirst Bank AG,
Attention: Daniel Hefti.
Swissfirst Bank AG, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Tel: +31 633 785 416.
Fax: +31 847 504 579.

Congratulations once again.
Yours in service,
Judith Clayton (Ms.) CPA.
Lottery Coordinator.

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