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: Mr Hans-Peter Schössler <>
Date: 26-Nov-2006 04:06
To: [redacted]

LOTTO Rheinland-Pfalz
Ferdinand-Sauerbruch-Strasse 2
DE-56073 Koblenz,

Reference Number: LRP/19-DE/9317
Batch: LRP/06/41

Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual
final draws of the LOTTO Rheinland-Pfalz Program. LOTTO Rheinland-Pfalz
draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 25,000,000 e-mail
addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked  by an advanced
random computer ballot search from the internet as part of our
international promotions program which we conduct every year. No
tickets were

After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address attached to
serial number 76-2006 drew the lucky numbers 3-24-1-10-49-17 which
consequently emerged you as one of first fifty (50) lucky winners in

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of €1,000,000.00
(One Million EURO) in cash credited to file LRP/19-DE/9317. This is
from a total cash prize of €50,000,000 (Fifty Million) Euro shared
the first fifty (50) lucky winners in this category.

This year Lottery Program Jackpot is the largest ever for LOTTO
Rheinland-Pfalz. The estimated €50 million jackpot would be the
in Europe history. The biggest was the €363 million jackpot that went
to two winners in a Febuary 2000 drawing of The Big Game Mega Millions'

Your fund is now deposited in an offshore courier company with a
hardcover insurance. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we
that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been
processed and your money remitted to you as this is part of our
protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of
this program by the general public.

Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European
booklet representative office in London. In view of this, your
€1,000,000.00 (One Million Euro) would be released to you by our
Courier company in Europe. Our agent will immediately commence the
process to
facilitate the release of your funds to you as soon as you make contact
with him.

To begin your claim please contact your claims agent:

Mr.Wilford Gart
Foreign Services Manager,
Information and Payment Bureau.
London Representative Office.
Phone:  +44 70111 46666
Fax:     +44 70111 46678

Your claims agent will assist you in the processing and remittance of
your prize funds into your designated Courier company.

Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than One month.
After this date all funds will be returned to the LOTTERY TREASURY as
unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications,
please endeavor to quote your

(2)Batch numbers
(6)Contact address.
(7)Phone number
(8)Fax number

In every correspondence with your agent. Furthermore,
should there be any change in your address, do inform your claims agent
as soon as possible.

  This program is been held to uplift individual  for the upcoming
Happy christmas in advance.

Congratulations once again from all members of our staff and thanks for
being part of our program.

Yours faithfully,
Hans-Peter Schössler
Managing Director
LOTTO Rheinland-Pfalz

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