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.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Winner Euro Million Promo

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: 23-Nov-2006 21:03
Subject: Winner Euro Million Promo
To: [redacted]

Euro Millions
Euro Millions is  Affiliated to the Italian Government(MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND TOURISM) (IT).
We are pleased to inform you of the result of Euro Millions, which was
held on  FRIDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2006. Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket number:
03-04-08-44-50(07-08), with Prize Number (match 3): 106000007 drew a prize of £6,750,278.40 per winner. This lucky draw came first in the 2nd Category of the Sweepstake.
You will receive the sum of £6,750,278.40 per winner  from our authorized bank. Because of some mix-up with sweepstake prizes, including the time limitation placed on the payment of your prize: £314, 091.80, we advice that you keep all information about this prize confidential until your funds: £6,750,278.40 have been transferred to you by our bank.
You must adhere to this instruction, strictly, to avoid any delay with the release of the funds to you in person. This program has been abused severally in past mainly in RUSSIA & NETHERLANDS, so we are doing our best to forestall further occurrence of false claims and internet Fraud, this advice complies with the Anti-Fraud section 2,sub section (iv) of the procedural manual of the funds disbursement agreement existing between the Bank and the ITALIAN Government.

This sweepstake was conducted under the watchful eyes of 8,000 spectators. Your e-mail address attached to e-ticket number 10-19-34-45-47-(03-06) was selected and; it came out first by an e-ballot draw from over 250,000 e-mail addresses (personal and corporate e-mail addresses).
This program is sponsored by CFI and the italian government to compensate genuine Internet users around the globe.  Congratulations for becoming one of the few lucky winners.
In order to avoid unnecessary delays with your claim, You are requested to contact your claims clearance officer Mr Larry Bond, to assist you with the processing of your winnings and subsequent payments.
On how to claim  your £6,750,278.40 prize, you will have to contact our agent for further verification and authentication of your claims as the sole beneficiary, by providing the details below:
you should send your response to MR LARRY BOND
Yours Faithfully,
Coordinator: Euro Millions.


Anonymous said...

here a navre one fome london uk

EURO MILLIONS LONDON, UK. PRICE AWARD DEPARTMENT. REF: UK/4920X2/68 BATCH: 084/05/ZY360 WINNING NOTIFICATION CONGRATULATIONS!! We the Board and Management of Euro Millions London, UK wishes toinform you the results of the E-mail address ballot lottery international program held this Month of November, 2008. It is yet to be claimed and you are gettingthe final NOTIFICATION as regards this. This results is today released to you and Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 189 with Serial number 5368/05 drew the lucky numbers:which subsequently won you the lottery in the 3rd category.You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £200,000 {Two Hundred thousand Pounds Sterlings)in cash credited to fileKTU/9023118308/03.This is from a total cash prize of £2,000,000( Two million pounds sterlings) shared amongst the(10)lucky winners in this category. Allparticipants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place bianually. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some Participants.Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our Europe booklet coupon. In view of this, your £200,000{Two hundred thousand Pounds Sterlings}will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.Endeavor to Quote your reference/batch numbers in your correspondence with us and you are advised not to expose your numbers to avoid double clamming andunwarranted abuse of this program or you winnings will bevoid.Please be warned. To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent: MR.MICHAEL ALEX JONES Email: PHONE: +447045775830 For further clarification/verification of your claims. Please contact your fiduciary agent through the above, (EMAIL ADDRES,AND PHONENUMBER)stated in this notification e-mail. You are to fill the information below to enable you file your winnings sum. ==========================================================================APPLICATIONFOR PRIZE CLAIM FORM - E (Receipt Official Notification Letter) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- [FULL NAME OF WINNER]................................................... [RESIDENT ADDRESS]...................................................... [COUNTRY/ REGION].................. [STATE]............................. [DATE OF BIRTH]...../...../......... [SEX].......... [OCCUPATION]........................ [CURRENT EMAIL]..................... [TEL/FAX]........................... ========================================================================== WINNING INFORMATION --------------------------------------------------------------------------- [Ref Number:]........................ [Batch Number:]................ [DATE].................................. ========================================================================== CLAIMANT SIGNATORY DECLARATION. I..................................... Declare as one of the lotto prize winner that all information I have provided for my winning claims are true and correct information of myself. I agree with the NATIONAL LOTTERY ONLINE Euro-Millions International policy and regulation in line with my lottery claims. ========================================================================== Please indicate "X" for the option you want your prize remitted to you.Listed below is our payment modalities and option of payment.(1) BY PRESENTING YOURSELF HERE IN OUR OFFICE: [????] (2) BY ONLINE SWIFT/TELEGRAPHIC BANK TRANSFER:[????](3) BY COURRIER SERVICES DELIVERY {????}------------------------------------------------- You are to send alongside with your Details and option, a medium of identification;either your driver?s license or international passport should be attached to your email.This should be carried out within the next 48 hours up on receipt ofthis email notification.Good luck and congratulation from all members of staff of the NATIONAL LOTTERY. Yours faithfully, Richard K Lloyd (Mr.) International Relation Officer. Attention: Confidential Information - This message and it content are solely for the intended recipient of this email address and may contain confidential or privileged information. If you are not the intendedrecipient, any disclosure, copying, use, or distribution of the information included in this message and any attachments is prohibited and will automatically disquatlifies the intend winner. you will not receive this notification email in error. Immediately you receive,please notify us by reply e-mail. Thank you for your cooperation.

Anonymous said...

Here is one version horribly translated into german. Many parts are left out so that it is unclear what is really meant (except that one wins, of course)

Euro Million.MICROSOFT großen Jackpot Lotterie Förderung)
SPAN-Nr.: 9465206

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Ihre E-Mail-Adresse ist sechshundert
Dreißig-und fünftausend vierhundertsiebzig Euro
(635.470,00 Euro) in der E-Mail
Zu Beginn des Jahres promo, werden Sie erwartet, dass
Bitte füllen Sie das Formular aus und wenden Sie sich an den Forderungen Agent sofort für die Übertragung Ihrer Gewinne

Siehe unten für Details.

Regulierer: Fred Raul
Telefon: 0034-658-534-806
Fax: 0034-912-919-656

Recht, in Form der Verarbeitung
1. Vollständiger Name
2. Adresse:
3. Nationalität:
4. Geburtsdatum:
5. Occupaction:
6. Telefon:
7. Mobil:
8. Land:
9. Geschlecht:

Die oben genannten Anforderungen notwendig sind.
Herzlichen Glückwunsch noch einmal.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
Sánchez Gómez