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 15, 2006


From: <>
Date: 16-May-2006 00:58




Dear Lucky Winner,


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final
draws of Lotto nternational Netherlands programs. The online cyber lotto draws
was conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000 e-mail addresses of individual
and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search
from the internet. No tickets were sold. After this automated computer ballot,
your e-mail address emerged as one of two winners in the category \"A\" with
the following:

Ref Number: PC 607 ES 208

Batch Number: 26371545-LNI/2006

Ticket Number: PCP 002 871

You as well as the other winner are therefore to receive a cash prize of EUR 1,
500,000.00. (ONE MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY) each from the total
payout. Your prize award has been insured with your e-mail address and will be
transferred to you upon meeting our requirements, statutory obligations,
verifications, validations and satisfactory report. To begin the claims
processing of your prize winnings you are advised to contact our licensed and
accredited claims agent for category \"A\" winners with the information below:

Mr. Donald Van Oliver
Department Director,
Netherlands Lottery International Nl Company
[Lotto International Netherlands], 107 Vanderloop
1902AB ,Amsterdam, The Netherlands


NOTE: All winnings must be claimed not later than 20 days. After this date all
unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your
reference information in all correspondence. You are to keep all lotto
information away from the general public especially your reference and ticket
numbers. (This is important as a case of double claims will not be
entertained).Members of the affiliate agencies are automatically not allowed to
participate in this program. Thank you and congratulations!!!

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Agatha DeBoer,
Games/Lottery Coordinator.
Lotto International Netherlands

Lotto International Netherlands: This email may contain information which is
confidential and/or privileged. The information is intended solely for the use
of the individual or entity named above. If you are not the intended
recipient,be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the
contents is prohibited.If you have received this electronic transmission in
error,please notify the sender by telephone or return email and delete the
material from your computer.

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