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, June 14, 2006


From: <>
Date: 14-Jun-2006 19:42

Ref Number: NL/351/499
Batch Number: NL-263-715

Dear Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just
concluded annual final draws of
the online cyber free lottery promotion held on, 10th
June 2006.

The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an
exclusive list of 2,500,000 email addresses of
individuals and companies from Africa, America, Asia,
Australia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania as part of
our International Promotions Program 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 with the
following: Ticket Number: 5486623 with serial Number:
47550023 drew lucky Number: 10-17-21-23-34-39 address
emerged as one of 10 winners in the category "A"

You as well as the other winner are therefore to
receive a cash prize of 1,000.000.(ONE MILLION EUROS
ONLY) each from the total payout of 10,000,000.00. Your
prize awards has been insured with your e-mail address
and will be transferred to your bank account by the
paying bank upon your endoresment of the winners
certificate and all offical documents relating to your
won prize as a precautionary measure to ensure that
payemnt are paid to the rightful winner.

To begin your claim you are advice to urgently contact
the claim process officer below as all unclaim prize
are nullified after 14 days from the date of this
Mr. Marvis V. Dekker
Tel: 31-617-650-147

In your best interest and to avoid mix up of numbers
and names of any kind, we request that you keep the
entire details of your award strictly from public
notice until the process of transferring your claims
has been completed, and your funds remitted to your
bank account.

This is part of our security measures to avoid double
claiming or unscrupulous acts by
participants/nonparticipants of this program.

Congratulations once again.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs. Doris Chamberlin (Lottery Coordinator).

The Free Lotto Awards is sponsored by a consortium of
software promotion companies, the Intel Group, Dell
Computers, and other international companies. The free
lotto draw is held periodically, it is organized to
encourage the use of the internet and promote computer
literacy worldwide.

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