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 23, 2006


From: ali ali <[address redacted; thank you for your contribution]>
Date: 23-Oct-2006 08:24
Subject: Inquiry

Date 22 / 10 / 2006 theme
you sent this letter to me was winning the lottery.,
and asked me to send them money to be sent through
the World award and sent them to 960 euros, and asked me to send more money
in 3000 euros,,,, to be diverted via the World Award and now contacted them
in theSayed said : to know the rest Altvasil,,, not Ijaob the communicative
I benefit
Thank you .
Ahmed AL.Hassan
+965 9523407

From: Mr.Murphy Hammond.
Payment Legal Department.
Amsterdam- Netherlands.
Date: 05-10-2006.

Attn: Winner,

We the entire staff of STAATSLOTERIJ.NL wish to congratulate you for being
one of the lucky winners in this season's lottery promotion. This is an
independent promotion and is unconnected to any publication. No purchase
necessary. Be informed that this lottery promotion was conducted through the
Internet worldwide random selection, the participants and winners where
picked randomly through a computer ballot system and you have been picked as
one of the lucky winners. You are advised to treat this with all

Outlined herein are the terms and conditions for claiming your prize:

1.Our ultimate concern is to ensure that winners get their winning prize
without problems. The processing of your lottery winning will be completed
within Two (2) working days and subsequently you will receive the total sum
of One million Euros (1,000,000.00).

2.Upon certification that you are eligible your form will be processed. The
form should be properly filled because it will be screened of discrepancy.

3.A file will be opened for you by the legal department upon certification
that the information?s provided in your duly filled form are true and

4.As the winner you are responsible for the legal charges for the
notarization and obtaining of the certificate of award. These charges are
non-deductible. You will be updated of the exact amount to be paid and mode
of payment in our subsequent mail.

5.The notarization and acquisition of the certificate of award completes the
claim process, failure to do so will cause you to forfeit the prize.

6.Be informed that it is impossible to deduct from your winning. Your fund
is in an escrow account pending the completion of your claim processing.
Your notarized and documented file that will effect swift transferring of
your fund shall be forwarded to the paying bank.

(Foreign Transfer Manager)
StaatsLoterij International Promo.
TEL: +31-643-522-754
Fax: +31-847-116-715,
Fax: +31-847-117-355.

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and/or legally privileged information. No confidentiality or privilege is
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