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.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Loteria Espanol 2006

From: infoclaim01 <>
Date: 27-May-2006 02:48
Subject: Loteria Espanol 2006

Euromillion Loteria Español
Paseo De La Castellana 15-89, 28008 Madrid. Spain

Ref. Nº: ES/007/05/12/MAD. Batch. Nº:

We wish to congratulate you over your email success in our
computer balloting sweepstake held on 14th May, 2006. This is a
millennium scientific computer game in which email addresses were
used. It is a promotional program aimed at encouraging internet users;
therefore you do not need to buy ticket to enter for it. Your email
address attached to ticket star number (4-5) drew the EUROMILLION
lucky numbers 3-19-26-49-50 which consequently won the draw in the
Second category.

You have been approved for the star prize of EUR 667,248.26. (Six
Hundred And Sixty Seven Thousand, Two Hundred and Forty Eight Euros.
Twenty Six Cents).

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are advised to keep this winning very
confidential until you receive your lump prize in your account or
optional cheque issuance to you. This is a protective measure to avoid
double claiming by people you may tell as we have had cases like this
before, please send your Full Name, Home and Office Telephone & Fax
Number, Mobile Tel Number and your winning ticket number, reference
numbers and amount won information for processing of your winning fund
to our registered claim agent in address below.

Paramount Trust Agency.
Mr. Michel Hernandez.
Address: Mario Cabre,Sin Numero, Madrid Spain.

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 14th of June,
2006. Please note, in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, remember to quote your reference number and batch
number in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change
of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Once again
congratulations. Best regards,
Mrs. Emily Simon, Lottery coordinator.

The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity
to whom or which it is addressed. Unauthorized use, disclosure or
copying is strictly prohibited. The sender accepts no liability for
the improper transmission of this communication or for any delay in
its receipt.

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