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 21, 2006

Mail (21/11/06)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Virgin International <>
Date: 21-Nov-2006 21:33
Subject: Mail (21/11/06)

Ref Number: VLTT/34173HPG/GRCC
Category: 2B
Winning Number: 08 15 30 31 34 43 40
Batch Number: ATP/44863214257/3445328/511


Congratulations! We happily announce to you the draws of the Virgin Promotional Lottery Programme
sponsored by European Lotteries and recently held in The United Kingdom in which you and five (5)
provisional winners were selected as winners under draw number 50.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 08-04-33-38-BL-AU drew the lucky numbers: 08 15 30 31
34 43 40, which subsequently won you the lottery in Category 2B. All participants were selected randomly
through computer ballot draw system and from 150,000 individuals as part of our international promotions
program conducted annually to encourage prospective overseas entries. You have therefore been
granted provisional approval to claim a total sum of 1,500, 000.00 Pounds (One Million, Five Hundred
Thousand British Pounds only) as your winning prize.

This is from a total prize pool of 8,000,000.00 Pounds. You have the options of being paid by cash,
certified bank draft or Swift Telegraphic Transfer.
For lucky winners, it is our standard practices to allocate accredited claims agents for the processing of
claim application and payment of prize winnings to the benefit of beneficiaries after all modalities have
been completed satisfactorily.

Due to mix up in some numbers and names the results of the draw were withheld and released today. For
the purpose of security you are therefore strongly advised to keep this award notification secret from
public notice until your claim has been processed and your prize money paid as this is part of our security
protocol to avoid duplicity of claims or misuse of this programme by miscreants and hackers. Thus,your
prize award winning is confidential as our winners are at liberty to remaincompletely anonymous until
payment is effected to the benefit of the beneficiary. Our staff are sworn to secrecy, so you will be the
only one to know what you have won.

To begin your claims therefore, you are advised on final notice and as a matter of urgency, to contact our
licensed and accredited claim agent for Overseas Lucky Winners for the processing of your prize awards
winning and payment after all statutory obligations have been concluded satisfactorily.

To file for your claim,Contact the under-listed institution by phone, fax or email for your application to be
submitted and processed for payment thus:

Address: Sherwood House Field Lane Wroot Doncaster, South Yorkshire,DN9 2BN
Tel: +44 20-7060-0312
Tel: 44-7031972941
Tel: 44-7031972766
Facsimile: +44 20-7060-0319
Facsimile: +44 20-7060-0319
Personal Email:

You are adviced to provide Janice Daria of JLD with the details below:


In line with this, your 1,500,000.00 Million Pounds will be paid to you upon confirmation and clarification
by our claims agent who will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your winnings
as soon as you contact her. Do please quote your Draw, Reference and Winning numbers in any
correspondence with our designated agent. Also include your telephone number(s) when contacting the

Congratulations once more from all members and staff of this programme and thank you for being part of
our promotional lottery programme.

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Alicia Stevenson

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