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.

Friday, December 01, 2006


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <>
Date: 01-Dec-2006 05:04
To: undisclosed-recipients


We are pleased to inform you of the result of the of the Lotteria Shop Nacional  programs held on the 22of NOV 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 241918906-076 with game Number 54568 drew lucky numbers 16,11,52,33,44,42 which consequently won.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of(350.000.00Euro)CONGRATULATIONS!!

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100.000.00 company and individual email addresses and names from Middel East, Asia,Africa, Canada, Europe North and south America, Oceania and around the world. To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent;

Mr.Tony Raul

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your Winning information confidential until your claims have been processed. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participant.

Please, note that you will be required to pay for the issuance of your winning certificate. Be notify also that all winnings must be claimed not later than 12th of DEC 2006.After this date all unclaimed winnings will be null and void.In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore,

should there be any change of address do inform our agents as soon as possible.Congratulations once more and thank you for being part of our promotional program. Note:Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.


Sincerely yours,

Mrs.Jennifer Moolman
Winning Co -ordinator


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