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.

Monday, October 16, 2006


From: <>
Date: 16-Oct-2006 12:58
Subject: ***Congratulations!!!

Dear Winner,

We happily announce to you the draw (#954) of the UNITED KINGDOM
online Sweepstakes International program.Your e-mail address attached to ticket
number: 013-2316-2002-577 with Serial Number: A025-09, Drew lucky numbers:
(13)-(43)-(06)-(15)-(02)-(40) bonus # (09). which consequently won in the 2nd
category. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,000,000.00
(One Million Pounds Sterling) shared among the first ten (10) lucky
winners in this
category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot
system drawn from
over 300,000 companies and 40,000,000 individual email addresses and
names from all
over the world.

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your Winning
information confidential until your claims have been processed and
your money paid
out to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.

To file for your claims, please contact our fiduciary agent and do
not forget to
summit the following to our Fiduciary Agent(s) .

(1) Your Full Names:
(2) Telephone Number:
(3) Reference Number:

Harrison Jewels
Tel: +44-704-011-7587
Fax: +44-700-596-1627

Please, be aware that our Paying Bank will remit Payment Swiftly upon
report, Verifications and validations provided by our processing Agent
that would be
designated to your file. Remember, all winning must be CLAIMED not
later than 30th
October 2006. After this date all unclaimed funds would be included in the
next stake.

Please note that in other to avoid unnecessary delays and
complications remember to
quote your reference information in all correspondence. Furthermore,
should there be
any eventual change of information please inform our Agent as quickly
as possible.

Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thanks for
being part of our
promotional program.

Note: Anybody under the age of 16 is automatically disqualified. Members of the
affiliate agencie are not allowed to claim prize

We wish you continued good fortunes.


Joseph Scott,
Vice President
United Kingdom Promotions

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