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.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


This one came with a 434KB attachment containing all of the 18,961 email addresses to which it was sent! I'm sure that many (if not most) of them are completely bogus and undeliverable.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 26-Nov-2006 09:55
Subject: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
To: ideceive <>

Date: 11/24/2006.
ACCT # 27669390 /PIN # 69173475.
You have been approved for a total pay out of € 1,847,824, 00. (0ne million eight hundred and four seveen thousand eight hundred and twenty-four euros) only.

The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order:
(I) Winning numbers: 3-10-18-10-30-49.
(ii)Email ticket number: 025 11464992-750.
(iii)Lotto code number: TPHF 345111/AC.
(IV) The file Ref number:LD/26510460098/06.
Dear Estimated Winner,

This is to your notification for very important discovery about you. Sir, the amount of € 1847,824.00 euros is lying in a dormant account in your name as unclaimed prize and will be reflected on the billing statement for immediate payment release by following secured FAST transaction below as instructed. In our data file we discovered that you are one of the ten lucky winners in a lotto draw held on the 9th of October 2006 by the LOTERIA LA PRIMITIVA, after proper verification, we noticed that you have not received your prize payment either because you did not submit your application for your prize claim or you have not been officially informed about your winning though our data reflects that you have been contacted once.
Sir, PCC, a division of PNI, has awarded over seventy five million in € euros to hundreds of thousands of fortunate  recipients in 41 countries; creating fourteen millionaires and four ten million €euros winners. PNI, a sponsor of online sweepstakes, gives away awards of amounts up to ten million US dollars daily. Kindly review the official listing below and see that you qualified to receive your payment upon proper submission in accordance with sponsor rules.
The easiest way to win money online- you get 180 chances to win over Eleven Million euros daily without ever having to visit the site or receive promotional emails. All winnings are processed automatically, so you'll never miss a prize check in your name. Just ask Bill Herriott, our latest millionaire, who accidentally deleted his winning prize email yet we tracked him down because he's a FAST member. Just follow the instructions provided and quickly receive your prize payment also become one of our millionaire winner stars.

If you'd prefer not to receive this offer, you have the right not to contact any official directional address, also do not reply to this mail after fourteen days without your turning up to claim your payment we will automatically believe that you prefer to forfeit your opportunity then return your money to sponsor's directives dormant account.
Winners are advised to contact payment facilitating dept. BANCO SANTANDER CENTRAL HISPANO. Please quote your Reference numbers in all correspondence.

3. Winners must send their winning information, names, address, telephone numbers and means of identification (international passport or driver's license numbers) together with your bank name and account numbers to the paying bank office to process immediate payment of their prize.
4. Note that winners who are below 18 years are automatically disqualified.
Please contact the paying bank on the below provided detail address;-
Foreign Services Manager, Payment and Release Order Dept.Systems Information finance and Security undertakings.
TEL: 0034-679803510.      (DIL) 1-8
FAX: 0034-626290846.
Winners are advised to keep this award confidential until prize are claimed to avert incidence of impersonation by unscrupulous elements. Once again on behalf of all our staff, congratulations.Copyright © 1999-2006 PlasmaNet Inc. all rights reserved. E&OE. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without the expressed written permission of PlasmaNet Inc. is prohibited. PlasmaNet Inc. PO Box 4562, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163. Id27669390.Our affordable F.A.S.T. service provides you the convenience of automatic FreeLotto play. As always, FreeLotto is free to play. We look forward to receiving your call to say how grateful you are to the sponsors; you are our newest million €euro winner!" We proudly congratulate you!
Sincere Regards
Mrs. Mary H. Anderson.
Promotions Manager
loteria la primitiva.
This e-mail is intended for the addressee only and may contain information which is subject to legal privilege. The contents are not necessarily the official view or communication of the MEGA loteria la primitiva ONLINE LOTTERY PROMOTION. If you are not the intended recipient you must not use, disclose copy or distribute this e-mail or any information in, or attached to it. If you have received this e-mail in error, please contact the sender immediately or return the original message to the loteria la primitiva Online by e-mail, and destroy any copies. The loteria la primitiva Online does not accept any liability for changes made to this e-mail or attachments after sending.All e-mails have been scanned for viruses and content by security software. This ORGANIZATION reserves the right to monitor all e-mail communications through its network.

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