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.

Monday, November 13, 2006


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Heman Lotto International <>
Date: 14-Nov-2006 00:02

Heman Lotto International
47,Bufferbrug 2316 Leiden
Ref: XXZP/2001183308/03
Batch: 18/203/ZZV

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Heman Lotto
Netherlands Promotional program held on the 6th November, 2006. Your
e-mail address attached to ticket number 756-005-457/GK with serial
number 09384743 drew lucky Numbers 9-34-85-56-42-74 which won in the
2nd category.

You have been approved for the payment of 550,000.00(Five Hundred and
Fifty Thousand Euro) in cash credited to file number
Tef/0023171521/02.This is from total cash prize of 5,500.000.00 Euro
(Five million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros) shared among the ten
winners in the 2nd category.

For security reason due to mix up of some numbers and names we ask
that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims
has been process and your winning fund is remitted to you. This is
part of our security protocol to avoid impersonation and unwarranted
abuse of this program by some participants. All participants were
selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000
companies and 200,000,000 individual email addresses and names from
all over the world.

This promotional program takes place every three years; the lottery
was promoted and sponsored by some of European largest software
companies and some eminent personality in Europe. We hope you will be
one of our lucky winners in our next international lottery.
To file for your claim contact our accredited claims agent

Miss. Judy Huffman
Tel: +31- 616-585-100
Fax: +31 -847-499-543
Please do note that all winnings must be claimed not later than 30th
November, 2006. After this date all unclaimed winning funds will be
included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid
unnecessary delays and complications always quote your reference
number and batch numbers in all correspondence with our accredited
Be informed that if there should be any change of your address, do
inform our/your accredited claims agent as soon as possible
Congratulations once again from our members of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotional program this year.
Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result
to disqualification.
Important Information: If you are below 18 years of age, you are
automatically disqualified. Please do not reply to this mail. Contact
your accredited claims agent immediately for remittance of your
lottery winning funds.
You're sincerely,
Mrs. Melisa Van Brook
Lottery Co-ordinator

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