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.

Sunday, December 03, 2006


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Date: sáb, 02 dic 2006 19:10:51

AVDA DON RAFAEL 35,                                                                                                                 Our/ref:OHES341007 EDIFICIO 15 C/P 23079 MADRID-ESPAÑA.                                                                    Your/ref:BGM0207859035/09
TEL/FAX: 0034 653 285  895

ATTENTION: FGL/2002365214/MD/03.

                                                                ESL NOTIFICATION DESK

We are pleased to inform you of the release of the results of the ELGORDO DE LAPRIMITIVA SPANISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAME held on the 27th NOVENBER 2006.Your name attached to a ticket number 0016-359142-07 with serial number 52201-61 drew the lucky numbers 14-18-24-30-31-35 which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of ?615, 810.00 (Six Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Eight Hundred and Ten Euros) in cash Credited to the file reference number: BGM/0207859035/09. This is from a total cash price of ?10,468,770.00 (Ten Million Four Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand, Seven Hundred and Seventy Euros only) shared among the seventeen international winners in this category.

Your fund is now deposited in an offshore bank insured with your name. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we advice that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated bank account as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Europe and North America as part of our international promotions program which we conduct once every year. We hope that with part of your prize, you will part-take in our end of year high stake ?1,300,000, 000.00 international lottery.
To begin your claim please contact your claim agent -

Foreign Operation Manager of ESTRELLA SEGUROS S.A.
TEL: +34 697 300 523,
FAX: +34 966 373 136.

For processing and remittance of your! Prize fund to your designated bank account.  CLAIM REQUIREMENT: FOTOCOPY OF IDENTITY & TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE .Note that all prize funds must be claimed not later than 26/02/07. After this date all funds will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please endeavor to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence with us or your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change in your address, do inform your claim agent as soon as possible. Be informed that only 5% of your prize belongs to MAPFRE MARKETING S.L. that entered your name for the draw. Congratulation once again from all members of our staff and
thank you for being part of our promotion program.
Nº: 9540772140


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