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.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S! ! !

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Volkswagen Automobile Awards <>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 18:31:16 H0800
Subject: C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S! ! !

Volkswagen Automobiles Company,
Our Ref:VKS/776090X2/23
Batch: 013/05/8394369

This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of 450, 000.00 (Four Hundred And Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds) International Programs held on the Wednessday 15th of October 2006 in Europe .
The selection process was carried out through random selection in our computerized Email selection system (Ess) from adatabase of over 250,000 email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.
The Volkswagen Car Promotional Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and its also Licensed by the International Association of Gambling Regulators. This lottery is the 3rd of its kind and we intend to sensitize the public.
To begin the claiming process of your prize you are to contact our accredited claims officer with the information you shall find below:
Mrs.Elinna Williams
Tel: +44 702 4099 702
Fax: +44 870 4909 880
E-mail :
Please note that the secret pin code which is 8603775966738 and your reference Number WV:536802 will be required by the claims agent.
If you do not contact our accredited claims officer within 7 working days of this notification, your winnings would be revoked.Winners are advised to keep their winning details/information from public view other to helavoid attempts of double claim pending the transfer/claim by Winner.
To file for your claim, fill the winner verification form below and forward to me immediately via email.
1.FULL NAMES:__________________________________
2.ADDRESS:____________________________________________ _
5.MARITAL STATUS:___________________
8.E-MAIL ADDRESS:_____________________________
9.TELEPHONE NUMBER:_____________________
10.FAX NUMBER:____________________________
11.PIN NUMBER:___________________
12.REF NUMBER:__________________
13.AMOUNT WON:___________________________________
14.STATE:_________________________________ _
Accept my heartly congratulations once again!

Best Regards,
Mrs.Elinna Williams
Tel Phone: +44 702 401 3643
Fax: +44 870 490 9880
Online Promo Co-Ordinator
Volkswagen Automobiles Company.

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