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.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Your Lottery Result

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lotto 24 <>
Date: 09-Nov-2006 07:41
Subject: Your Lottery Result
To: [a bunch of gmail addresses redacted]

24 Gregs street Greenwich
GW 11 GH

>From The Desk of: The Vice President,
International Promotions/ Prize Award.
Ref: Lotto24-LD401/06
Batch: Lotto24-LD836/06

This is to inform you of the release of the annual UK Lotto24 email
lottery ballot lottery draw held in the
UK. Although due to the mix up of numbers, the results were released
late. This is to Congratulate you
and to inform you that your email address is the second email address
to draw the lucky numbers of
11-8-9, which consequently won £250,000.00 ( Two Hundred and Fiftty
Thousand Pounds Sterling) in
this year's email lottery ballot in the 1st category.

This is from total prize money of £10,000,000.00 shared among 20
international winners in this category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of £250,000.00
( Two Hundred and Fifty
Thousand Pounds) in cash credited to file with ref number
Lotto24-LD401/06. All participants were
selected through a random computer balloting system drawn from over
150,000 companies and
individuals from Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Europe, North
America, South America and Asia as part
of our International promotions program for this year, conducted
bi-annually. We advise that you keep
your winning information confidential until your claims have been
processed and your money paid to you
because we shall not be held liable for any wrongful payment or
mis-appropriation of your winning prize.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and
unwarranted abuse of this program by
some participants. Note that your winning prizeis presently deposited
with our finance firm in the United
Kingdom and insured in your name. This promotional program takes place
every three years. Please be
informed that all non-resident winners are required to pay a
refundable fee of £650 Pounds as the
processing/application/notarisation fee prior to the collection of
their winning prize. We hope with a part
of your prize money, you will participate in our end of year high
stakes of £70 Million International lottery
slot to be held in February 2006. Although the next result will not be
assosiated with this winning result.
For the immediate collection of your prize money, Please contact
directly our Cashout Payment
Administrator in United Kingdom as below;

Name : Mr. Jack Mcgregor( Payment Administrator )
Tel : +447-774-097-474.

All email messages sent to Mr. Jack Mcgregor should have your
reference number, your Contact
telephone number, your recent addres, Country of origin and your
E-mail address. Your result category
was drawn from our UK regional Office so please Call him immediately
for the processing and remittance
of your winning prize Money to any destination of your choice. Any
claim not made before two weeks
from this date will be returned to the Luckyday Lottery International.
Note that all unclaimed funds will be
included in the next stake. Also in order to avoid unnecessary delays
and complications, remember to
quote your reference number in all your correspondence with Mr. Jack
Mcgregor and please follow all his
instructions religiously. Furthermore, should there be any change of
address do inform our agent as soon
as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and
you are lucky for being part of our
promotional program. Anybody under the age of 20 is automatically disqualified.

Yours Sincerely,

Anne Stevens
International Promotions/ Prize Award,

NB: Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will
result to instant disqualification.

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