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, July 17, 2006


From: realty_seguros <>
Date: 17-Jul-2006 21:20
Subject: URGENTE.

Customer Services
ACCL. Inter Cooperate Head Office
Batch: ES/05/M009


We are
pleased to inform you of the result of our 2006 International prize

Your email address, attached to ticket number 04142331354124,
with serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers 37-13-34-85-56-42,
won in category C (third category). CONGRATULATIONS!!!

You have
therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of 150,000.00 Euros
credited to security file number ES/4080318306/AL. This is from total
prize money of E15,000,000.00 shared among the ten(10) international
winners in all categories.

All participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn from 30,000 names from Australia, New
Zealand, Africa, America, Asia, Europe,USA and North America as part
our International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.

Your fund is now insured awaiting claim. Due to the
mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award
strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and
your money remitted to your account. This is part of our security
protocol to avoid double claiming.

You are at this point advised to
contact our claims officer below to begin your claim:

Tel:+ +34 692 354 358

You will
be given a form to complete and return same to our lawyer whose details
will be given after you have confirmed the receipt of this winning
notification .He will thereafter forward claims to any one of our
appointed financial trustees.You are advised to initiate contact with
our agent within three weeks of the receipt of this mail. Any prize
collection is not initiated within the stipulated time will be

Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Maria Gonzales
For Claims

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