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

WITH YOUR TICKET NO: 17940128111

From: dina beth <>
Date: 09-Sep-2006 23:48
Subject: WITH YOUR TICKET NO: 17940128111

WITH YOUR TICKET NO: 17940128111

We are pleased to inform
you of the result of the SKYBLUE Lotto Winners International programs
held on the 9th of September, 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket
No: 17940128111 with prize No 1581015/HL drew 500,000.00Euros which was
first in the 2nd class of the draws. You are to receive 500,000.00Euros
(Hundred Thousand Euros Only ).Please be informed that because of mix
up in cashpay-outs, we ask you to keep your winning information
confidential until your fund (500,000.00) has been fully remitted to
you by our accredited pay- point bank. This measure must be adhered to
in order to avoid the loss of your cash prizes. Prize-winners of our
cash prizes are advised to adhere to these instructions to forestall
the abuse of this program by other participants. It's important to note
that this draws were conducted formally, and winners are selected
through an internet ballot system from 74,000 individual and companies
e-mail addresses, hence,the draws are conducted around the world
through our internet based ballot system.
The promotion is sponsored and promoted by SKY BLUE.We congratulate you once
again. We hope
you will use part of it in our next draws; the jackpot winning is â
20million.Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 25
days of this draw. After this date all unclaimed cash prize will be
forfeited and included in the next sweepstake. Please, in order to
avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote your
winning numbers in all correspondence with us.
Congratulations once again from all members of SKYBLUE Lotto. Thank you for
being part of
our promotional program.For immediate release of your cash prize to
you,please kindly contact
our processing Department with the following
information for onward
forwarding to the paying Bank:
(i)Your names,
(ii)State amount won.
(iii)Contact Address
(iv)Your winning numbers
(v)Contact telephones
and fax numbers
Contact person:
Mr. Peter Moore
(International Processing Department).

Congratulations once again.
Yours Sincerely,
Mrs.Dinabeth Dilk
(Lottery Coordinator).

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