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.

Friday, September 22, 2006


Date: 23-Sep-2006 00:53
To: undisclosed-recipients

The International Lottery
The Marina Offices, St Peters Yacht Basin,
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1HX
(Customer Services)
Ref: UKON/5464K2/71
Batch: 012/06/DR432
Ticket Number: : 8390281
Serial Number: 3422/06
Lucky Numbers: 4-7-10-33-35-49
Dear Winner,
You Have Won: £118,704

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Winners in our
(Draw#1108) of the UK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY,Sweepstakes International
program held on Saturday Draw 16th Sept. 06.Your e-mail address
attached to ticket number 8390281 with serial number 3422/06 drew
lucky numbers 03- 11-13- 18 26-31 (bonus no.35), which consequently
won in the 2ND category, you havetherefore been approved for a lump
sum pay out of £118,704 (One Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Seven
Hundred and Four pounds sterling).This is from total cash prize of
£1,305,744 shared amongst the (11) lucky winners in this

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your
winning information confidential until your claims have been fully
processed and your money remitted to you.This is part of our security
protocol toavoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program
by some participants. All participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000
individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This
promotional program takes place everyfive years.This lottery was
promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational
companies in Europe as part of their social responsibility to the
citizens in the communities where they have operational base. We hope
with part of your winnings you will take part in our next year Ten
million pounds international lottery.

To file for your claim, please contact our Payment Centre Department
with the details below:
Mr. Adam Smith
Tel: +447011130496

Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays
andcomplications,remember to quote your reference number and batch
numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change
of address do inform our agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotional program. Note: Anybody under the age of
16 is automatically disqualified.

Yours faithfully,
Brian Hunt.

Online coordinator for UK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.
Sweepstakes International Program.
(Open 7 days 8am-11pm.)

N.B: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to disqualification.Please
do not reply to this mail.
Contact our claims department.

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