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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Date: 24-May-2006 04:49
Subject: MAY 2006 BONUS.


Dear Consolation Prize Winner,


This email confirms that you have been notified of by the POSTCODE LOTTERY
BV the Netherlands of your email lottery winning for 2006 Postcode lottery
game held on 3rd February 2006.However, no tickets were sold.

We wish to congratulate you on the selection of your email coupon number
which was selected among the 45 lucky consolation prize winners. Your email
ID identified with Coupon No.PBL2348974321 and was selected by Electronic
Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from the 50,000 different email
addresses enrolled for the Lotto-Wheel E-game. Your email ID included among
the 50,000 different email addresses where submitted by our partner
international email provider companies.

Prize Ref No.: PBL/CN/6654/CP
Lottery Group: Consolation Prize Group
Prize Amount: US $2,000,000.00 Two Million Dollars Only
You are required to file claims for your lottery prize winning by
contacting the Lottery Claims Processing Officer with your winning
information provided above.

Lottery Claims Officer:
Name: Mr. Steven Lucas.
Tel- +31-648-638-177.
Fax- +31-847-454-229

Congratulations once again from all our staffs on your consolation prize
winning, we hope you will partake in our forth coming Postcode Lottery-Wheel

Yours truly,
Mrs.lilet Boar,
(Lottery Coordinator)

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