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, September 09, 2006


From: Irish Online Lottery <>
Date: 09-Sep-2006 13:35
Subject: WINNING NOTIFICATION/Batch: 074/05/ZY369

P O Box 1010
11 G Lower Dorset Street,
Dublin 1, Ireland
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369

We happily announce to you the draw (#1004) of the IRISH LOTTERY online
Sweepstakes International program held on Wednesday 6th September 2006. It is
now available for claims and you are getting the final NOTIFICATION as
regards this.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with
Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 12, 15, 17, 30, 39, 40, Bonus 10,
which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e
match 5 plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1.3 Million
(One million, three hundred thousand, Euros) in cash
credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of
£4,419,864 shared amongst the (2) lucky winners in this category i.e.
Match 6 plus bonus.
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World
Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over
100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed
online. This promotion takes place weekly.

This promotion is offered electronically via the Internet and is open to
all persons from age 18 years and above with a valid email address and
who live in any of the aforementioned countries. This promotion is void
in all other countries.
Principals and employees of the IRISH LOTTERY and its respective
Parents, subsidiaries and their immediate families are not eligible.
Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play
coupon. In view of this, your £1.3 Million (One million, three hundred
thousand, Euros) will be released to you by any of
our payment offices in Europe.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons,
you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your
claim is processed and your money remitted 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. Please be warned!!!
For more information visit our website for more details

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Fiduciary Agent.
Endeavor to email him immediately the information's below:

Full names...............
Full Address.............
Winning numbers..........
Email address............
Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE IRISH LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
Sir. Cooker Johnson
Online coordinator for THE IRISH LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
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