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, March 24, 2006

Ticket No: 12099

From: <>
Date: 25-Mar-2006 04:04
Subject: Ticket No: 12099
To: undisclosed-recipients

Ticket No: 12099

Ref No: GML/2551256003/11
Batch No: 14/0017/IPD
serial No: GMLA2-003
Ticket No: 12099
Lucky No:

Attn: Lottery Winner,


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the lottery programs held on 15th of March 2006 with your
e-mail address attached to one of the winning ticket numbers. You have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 500,000.00 (five
hundred thousand euros)


All participants were
selected through a computer ballot system from our sponsors databases,
including over 50,000 companies and 150,000 individual E-mail addresses
and names submitted by our agents drawn from Asia, Africa, Europe,
North And South America and around the world.

To begin your claim, do
file for the release of your winning by contacting our accredited
agent: MR. ERIC VAN DER MARK Foreign Transfer Manager,
FAX + 31-847-273-
FAX + 31-847-580-642

winnings must be notarized to complete the claim process; winners will
be referred to a Foreign Transfer Manager, to have their winnings
notarized, all winners are to cover the legal charges not STAATSLOTERIJ.

Please note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of
your winning certificate and all winnings must be claimed not later
than 2nd of April 2006, after this date all unclaimed winnings will be
null and void.

In Order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications
remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all
correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do
inform our agents as soon as possible.

Congratulations once more and
thank you for being part of our promotional program.note: Anybody under
the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

Yours faithfully

Contact your claims agent mr. eric van dan mark at

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