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.

Monday, May 29, 2006

(WINNER OF Eur.1,500,000.00)....Your Email Have Won!

From: Lotto. nl <>
Date: 29-May-2006 13:20
Subject: (WINNER OF Eur.1,500,000.00)....Your Email Have Won!

(WINNER OF Eur.1,500,000.00)....Your Email Have Won!


REF No: DEN/231-ILGI0431/06
TICKET No:20511465463-7644
SERIAL No: 472-9768-98
LUCKY No: 8-66-97-22-65-99


Dear Lucky Winner,

Compliments of the season,Congratulations to you as we bring to your
notice, the results of the Free Email Computer Ballot Jackpot 'A' draw 1st
Category of LOTTO.NL.
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners
International programs held today.

Your E-mail address attached to Ticket number 20511465463-7644 with Serial
number 472-9768-98 drew the lucky numbers 8-66-97-22-65-99,which
consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for
a lump sum payout of Eur.1,500,000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Euros).
This is from a total cash prize of Eur.10,000,000.00 Million shared
amongst Ten International Lucky Winners in the Category A + (Plus).


This lottery is a promotional program by LOTTO.NL
(Biggest lottery Organization in the Netherlands) to
advertise to the world its existence. All participants were selected
through a computer ballot systemdrawn from over 50,000 companies and
2,000,000 individual email addresses from all over the world, as part of
our international promotions program, which we intend to conduct several
times a year.

Be informed that your documents have to pass our authority
to obtain a clearance, which shall be attached to your document in
readiness of the subsequent onward transfer into your nominated mode of
payment within 48 hours of completion of the authentication.

Due to the possibility of unscrupulous individuals filing a
double claim, we suggest that you keep this award strictly
confidential until your claim has been processed and notarized and your
certificate of award obtained. This is in conformity with the lottery
claim regulations by our Organization & the Netherlands Gaming Control
This is part of our security protocol measures to avoid
double claiming and unwarranted abuse ofthis program by some
participants/non participants.

All winnings must be claimed not later than 10th june 2006. After this
date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next
stake. Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
To file for your claim, please contact our paying out bank/your processing

(Transfer Manager.)
Mr. H. Van.Der Smit.
(Accounting Department)
Reply Email:

NOTE: A copy of of this message has been sent to the accounting
dept./paying out bank.

All winnings must be notarized and a
certificate of award must be obtained from the Netherlands
Gaming Control Board to complete to effect transfer of your winning prize,
this certificate can only be obtained through legal representation in the
so winners will be referred to an independent lawyer acting as a referee
to assist in this process. Winners are responsible for their legal/cost of
transfer charges.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
provide the following when replying:

Country of
Tel number:
Ref no:
Batch no:

Delays will compel us to disperse your funds,
in other words, we shall divert your funds as stated above.
Kindly remember to quote your reference number number in all

Finally, we call on you to make sure that you save a copy of
this mail and note every letter clearly as stated for we will not be held
responsible should there be any complications in this transaction due to
laxity on your part.
Congratulations once more from our members of
staff and thank you for being part of our promotional

Yours truly,
Wendy Witkamp.

NOTICE: You have received this message from prize
dept. at your winning e-mail address because you have emerged a winner.If
you are not the intended recipient, you must not,directly or
indirectly,use, disclose,distribute, print or copy any part of this
message. If you believe you have received this message in error,
please delete it and all copies of it from your system and
notify the sender immediately by reply e-mail.

************DO NOT DELETE THIS MESSAGE**********


shiva said...

i got a similar mail. is it true???
reply ti at the earliest

Anonymous said...

i just got a email today just like this i thought it was true

Chirag said...

I have got a mail from Yahoo/MsnLottery
United Kingdom

They are not asking for any money they are just asking personal details and "next of kin" via mail
They have also provided me with the mail id as well as phone number shall I contact them via phone or mail or not plzzzzz reply

Spotter said...

Of course its a scam. I can say with some confidence that every "winning notification" that you ever receive by email in your entire life will be a scam. Doubly so if it's from a lottery that doesn't exist, like "Yahoo/MSN Lottery".