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.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Claim Your Lucky Prize winning

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted] <[redacted]>
Date: 22-Nov-2006 11:42
Subject: Claim Your Lucky Prize winning
To: undisclosed-recipients

Claim Your Lucky Prize winning
Australian Lottery
Claim NSW Lotteries Corporation,
Special Edition.
2 Figtree Drive ,
Homebush Bay NSW 2127

Dear Sir/Madam,

Congratulations: claim $1,000,000.00 prize money.
This is to announce the result of the last sweepstake of NSW Australian Lottery held on the 21th,  November 2006. Your e-mail address attached to prize winning number: 0116 1307 0199 6088 16 15  and a special supplementary number: 92 70 drew a prize money of $1,000, 000.00 (One Million USDollars). This lucky numbers attached to your e-mail address came first in the 2nd Category of the Sweepstake draws. You will receive the sum of $1,000,000.00 (One Million USDollars) from our authorized bank in Netherlands .

Because of some mix-up with our sweepstake numbers and prizes, plus the time limited placed on the payment of your prize: $1,000, 000.00, we advice that you keep all information about this prize confidential until your funds: $1,000, 000.00 have been transferred to you by the authorized bank in The Netherlands. You must adhere to this instruction, strictly, to avoid any delay with the release of your funds to your person.

This program has been abused severally in past, so we are doing our best to forestall further occurrence of past mix-ups.
This sweepstake was conducted under the watchful eyes of 8,500 spectators. Your e-mail address attached to prize winning number: 0116 1307 0199 6088 16 15 was selected and; it came first through a  "SPECIAL" e-ballot draw from over 150,000 e-mail addresses
(Personal and corporate e-mail addresses). This program is sponsored by Microsoft and GCI networks to compensate faithful internet suffers around the globe.

Congratulations for becoming one of the few lucky winners in NSW Lotteries special edition. With your permission, your e-mail will also be included in the next sweepstake of $4Million.
You must claim your prize: $1,000, 000.00 not later than 7-days from the moment you receive this e-mail. In order to avoid unnecessary delays with your claim from our authorized bank; please contact them immediately, and quote your winning and personal information now.

The bank contact details are as follow(s):
Bank: Deutsche Bank.
Contact person: Johnny White
Vice President: Private Banking and Assets Management.
Tel: 0031 616 293 431.
Fax: 0031 847 134 206.
E-mail address:

Furnish them with the following:
(i). your name(s),
(ii) Your telephone and fax numbers
(iii) Your contact address
(iv) Your winning information (including amount won).

Yours sincerely,
Arien Von Cretia.
NSW Australian Lotteries.

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