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


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: 28-Nov-2006 13:33
To: undisclosed-recipients


The Irish Lottery
P O Box 1010
11 G Lower Dorset Street, Dublin 1, United Kingdom
(Customer Services)

Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369


We happily announce to you the draw (#1004) of the IRISH LOTTERY online
Sweepstakes International program held on Mon. November 27th 2006 - 8.18am. It is
now available for claims and you are getting the final NOTIFICATION as
regards this.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with
Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers: 06, 07, 18, 26, 34, 38,
(Bonus 20), which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category
i.e. match 5 plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 3 Million Euro.
(Three million Euro) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03, your
winning ticket in this category i.e. Match 6 plus bonus. All participants
for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites
through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions,
associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion
takes place weekly. Please note that your lucky winning number falls
within our European Booklet representative office in Europe as indicated
in your play coupon. In view of this, your 3 Million Euro. (Three
million Euro) will be released to you by any of our payment offices in

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the
release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you
are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim
is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem
fit to claim your prize.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned!

To file for your claim, contact our fiduciary agent:

TELEPHONE: +44 7011130290

Endeavor to email him your full names, winning numbers, email
address, telephone and fax numbers immediately.

Congratulations from the members of staffs of THE IRISH LOTTERY and I.

Yours faithfully,
Ivy Sanchez (Mrs.)
Online coordinator for THE IRISH LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.

Confidentiality Notice:

Please note that this email, and any files that may be attached to its/are
confidential and is/are intended for the sole use of the individual(s) or
entity (ies) to which it/they is/are addressed. Any use, distribution,
copying or disclosure by any other person or entity is strictly prohibited
under applicable law(s). If you received this email in error, please
notify the sender by return email and delete the original message (making
sure it is also deleted from the Deleted Items folder of your mail

Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not
relate to official business of IRISH LOTTERY and insurance shall be
understood to be neither given nor endorsed by IRISH LOTTERY finance and
insurance when addressed to comet finance and insurance clients; and any
information contained in this email is subject to the terms and conditions
of the governing client's contract(s).

Check Out the new free AIM(R) Mail -- 2 GB of storage and industry-leading spam and email virus protection.

No comments: