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.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Your Email Won The Lottery

Date: 19-Jul-2006 19:52
Subject: Your Email Won The Lottery

happily announce to you the draw of the HCNL programs held in the
month of June 2006 In the Netherlands. Your e-mail address Attached to
ticket number: HCNL-033 6123 234 With Serial number: 005404 drew the
lucky Numbers: 31 06 26 13 35 07 11, which Subsequently won you the
lottery in the 3rd Category. You have therefore, been approved to
Claim a total sum of US$1,230,000 (One Million Two Hundred and Thirty
Thousand, US Dollars) in cash credited to file Hcnl/F/75543340/06.
This is from total cash Prize of US $130 Million dollars, shared
Amongst the Ten (10) lucky winners in this Category. This year HCNL
Program Jackpot (Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Super 7) one of the Largest ever
Netherlands Lottery. Please note that your lucky winning number Falls
within our European booklet representative office in Europe as
indicated In our play coupon. In view of this, your US$1,230,000 (One
Million Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand, US Dollars) would be released
to you. Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate
the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact with him.
All participants were selected randomly from the internet through
computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 websites. This
Promotion takes place annually. For security reasons, you are advised
to keep your winning Information confidential until your claims is
processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem
fit to claim your prize. This is a part of our precautionary measure
to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some
unscrupulous person(s). Please be warned. To file for your claim,
please contact our Fiduciary agent with the details below for
Processing of your claims. Contact Officer: Mr. Hans Cardoso Customer
Support Department, Tel-No: 0031-644753805 Fax-no: 0031-847438364
Email: to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications, please quote your reference numbers and batch numbers
on the top right corner in any correspondences with us or our
Designated agent. Congratulations once more from all members and staff
of this program. Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery
program. Sincerely, Dorothy Van Der-Berge, Zonal Coordinator.

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