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.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


From: <>
Date: 06-Apr-2006 01:33

This email confirms that you have received from the StatLoterij
international programme an official notification of your lottery
winning in the staatloterij quarterly automatic balloting programme.

You have won a prize of One Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros
(€1,500,000.00) a prize payout of your winning has been approved by the
STAATLOTERIJ organizers. In accordance with the world lottery ordnance,
you are authorized as the official lottery prize winner to immediately
file in for your claims upon receipt of this mail.

GAME is an online promotional program organized by the Staat Loterij
promotional organizing body. A total of 300,000 email addresses were
entered for this quarterly email based programme.

All email addresses
entered for the game were submitted by our partner international email
service providers/ marketing companies and public services providers.

Winners are randomly selected systematically through our Electronic
Random Selection System; (ERSS) no ticket was sold. Your email ID was
included among the 300,000 email addresses that were entered for
category 'D' with the following details, Batch no SLG 809/55 with
Ticket No. SLG/T9021: Ref no SLG1071: Lucky no 031-94-55 Serial no:

Note that the Statloterij will remit prize payout strictly
to winners who officially file in for their prize claims. To begin the
claim processing of your prize, you are advised to contact our licensed
agent for category "D" with the information's below.

Mrs. Anker
Tel: 31 652 067 813
Link: www.

All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days.
You are to keep your winning details from the general public as a case
of double claims would not be entertained.

Anybody under the age of 18
and members of the affiliate bodies are not allowed to participate in
this programme.

Thanks for being part of our programme and once again

Bridget Brinkema

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