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, March 28, 2006


Date: 29-Mar-2006 00:05
To: UndisclosedRecipients

Serial No: 5368/06
Batch No: 074/05/ZY345
Ref No: Netherland/9420X2/70
Winning Ticket Number:56475612545


Dear Lucky Winner,


We are pleased to notify you officially of the result of the
Netherlands Prime Lottery International
programs held recently. As part of our promotional programs for the
year 2006, Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number 56475612545 and credited to file Number
KTU/9023118308/07, which
consequently won in the 2nd category via our electronic ticket as
stated above. You have therefore
been approved for a pay out of 2,000,000.00 Euros (Two Million Euros).

The Total funds have now been deposited and insured with our affiliate
finance firm (Bank) for transfer
into your nominated bank account either by means of wire transfers
through any of our correspondent
banks or any other means suitable to you. We advise you keep your
winning information very confidential
as our security policy demands to avoid double claims/impersonation
and unwarranted abuse of this
program by some individuals. All participants were selected through a
random computer ballot system
drawn from over 800,000 company and 1,000,000 individual email
addresses and names from all over
the world. This promotional program takes place annually and we hope
with part of your winning you will
take part in our next year 20 Million Euros International Lottery.

This lottery is promoted and sponsored by software corporations and
other private organizations to help
individuals generate fortunes which would encourage them to expand
their business frontiers thereby
creating more opportunities and assisting with humanitarian concerns
within their immediate environment.
In order to avoid complications always quote your reference and serial
numbers in all correspondence.
Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform us as
soon as possible. Congratulations
from our organization and thank you for being part of our promotional program.

To file for your claim, please contact The Fiduciary Agent.

Mr. Richard Smith,
Netherlands Prime Lottery International,
Tel: +31-611-405-888
Fax: +31-847-376-880
Sincerely Yours,

Mr.Robert Hans,

Prime Lottery Coordinator.

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