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.

Friday, November 24, 2006


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 24-Nov-2006 07:24

The National Lottery
P O Box 1010
Liverpool, L70 1NL
(Customer Services)
Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369


Dear Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to notify you the draw (111) of the UK NATIONAL
LOTTERY,Online Sweepstakes International Lottery Program held on 17Th

Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a
pool of over 25,000 names of distinguished professionals drawn from
Europe,America,Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle-East, parts of
Africa, and North & South America as part of our international
promotions programme conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas

We hope with part of your prize awards, you will take part in our
subsequent lottery jackpots.

The result of our computer draw (111) selected your name and email address
attached to e-ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02
drew the lucky numbers: 15 . 18 . 21 . 31 . 36 . 47 (bonus no.46), which
subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 plus
bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of
£1,550,(One Million Five Hundred AND Fifty Thousand, Six Hundred Pounds
Sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total
cash prize of £15,500,000.00 shared amongst the first Six (10) lucky
winners in this category i.e. Match 5 plus bonus.

Your prize award has been insured in your name and is ready for claims.

To begin your claims therefore, you are advised to expeditiously contact
our licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lottery Winners
within a period of 21 days (date of this email inclusive) for the
processing of your winning and remittance to your designated bank account
after all statutory obligations have been satisfactorily dispensed with.

This promotion takes place Monthly. Please note that your lucky winning
number falls within our Africa booklet representative office (West Africa
Monetary Agency)in Accra Ghana as indicated in your play coupon. In view
of this, your £1,550,000.00 (One Million Five Hundred AND Fifty Thousand
Pounds Sterling) would be released to you by our payment office in Africa.

Please be informed that claims not processed within the stipulated period
may be forfeited to the pool without further notice.

Our Africa agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him. You may wish to
establish contact via e-mail with the particulars presented below citing
the batch and reference numbers to this letter between the hours of 8.00am
- 12.30am on Monday through Sunday.

Note: You are advice to call your claim agent(Mr Nicholas POley) as soon
as you recieve this notification with your complete information.

1 Your Full Name...............
2 Age...............
3 Occupation...............
4 Country.................
5 Sex......................
7 Direct Cell Number ................
8 Fax.............................
9 Home Address.....................

Overseas Claims Unit
United Kingdom Lottery Fiduciary
Contact Person: Nicholas Poley
(West Africa Monetary Agency)
Email: ,
Cell Numbers +233-244-831376 +447031964425,

Our winners are assured of the utmost standards of confidentiality, and
press anonymity until the end of proceedings, and beyond where they so
desire. Be further advised to maintain the strictest level of
confidentiality until the end of proceedings to circumvent problems
associated with fraudulent claims. This is part of our precautionary
measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program.


At your disposal, we remain.
Very Truly Yours,
John Smith

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