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.

Saturday, August 05, 2006


From: xxx @ xxxxxxx. xxx <>
Date: Aug 5, 2006 8:42 AM
To: xxx <>

Ref: BTLP/7372/06
Batch: 565/73/H6

We happily announce to you the draw of the British/International
Lottery winners with the British/International lottery Programs held
on the 20th Of JUNE, 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket
number: 6 77 514 with Serial number 05/H968 drew the lucky numbers:
6443150036, which subsequently won you the lottery in the category
(B). You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of GBP £
710,000.00 British Pounds (Seven Hundred and Ten Thousand British
Pounds Only) in cash credited to file No.BTLP/7372/06. This is from a
total cash prize of (8 Million British Pounds), shared among the first
Thirty (30) lucky winners in this category (B) and Please note that
your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. All
participants were selected through a Computer ballot system drawn from
12,000.00 companies And 38,000.00 individual email addresses and names
from all over the World such as,America, Africa, Europe and Asia as
part of International Promotions Program, Which is conducted annually?
Our British agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate
the release of your funds as soon as you contact them. For security
reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information Confidential
till your claims is processed and your money remmitted to you in
whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our
precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse
of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.

To file for your claim, please contact our Payment agent through Email,Fax:
TEL: 44-70-1112-0187
FAX: 44-70-0598-0261

For you to file your claim we need the following from you: Your full
name, Your address, Your Private email address, You telephone and Fax

Note:If you send your claim request via email or fax, please your
advise to call us after three working days if you didnt hear from us
to comfirm if we receive your message.

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 24th Of OCTOBER,
2006. After this date all unclaimed Funds and will be included in the
next Stake.

Yours faithfully,

(British Coor. Int. lotto)

N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result automatically disqualified. Please do not reply to this Mail.
Contact your Claims agent immediately. For security reasons, you are
advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims
is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you
deem fit to claim your prize.
This is part of our precautionary measures to avoid double claims and
unwarranted abuse of this program.

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