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 ----------
From: <>
Date: 24-Nov-2006 10:11

Ref Nr: PBL/CN/6654/CP
Dear Winner,


We wish to congratulate and inform you on the selection of your email
coupon number which was selected among the 6 lucky consolation prize
winners Your email ID identified with coupon No. PBL2348974321 and was
selected by our E-games Random Selection System (ERSS) with entries from
the 50,000 different email addresses enrolled for the E-game. Your email
ID was included among the 50,000 different email addresses submitted by
our partner international email provider companies. You have won a
consultation cash prize of GBP 500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Great
British Pounds Sterlings) only.

You are to contact the claims agent with the following details for the
release of your winnings.
Claims Requirements:

1.Name in full:
,2.Home Address:
.6.Present Country:

Contact E-mail:

Mrs. Monica Embers.
(Group Coordinator)

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