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 27, 2007


Lottery and Gaming Centre
Postbus 1500 6201 BM Maastricht,
The Netherlands

Attn: Lucky Winner,

Winning Coupon number AWIN-01257:

We bring to
your notice the winning prize from Vodafone NL Lottery held on the 24th
of November, 2007 through Internet ballot System among 10,000 Microsoft

Subsequently, your email attached to Coupon number (AWIN-01257)
won contract sum of €1,000,000 Euros from a total sum of €10,000,000
Euros. We request your serious attention to this notification by
contacting the claims and notarization department with claim
information and procedures of claim.

Mrs. Sarah Lenert
Mr. Adam Van
Der Davies
Tel: +31-623-446-879
Fax: +31-847-224-016

Also require are;

Your full name and address
telephone number {private/mobile number}
Marital status
Winning Coupon number
Winning email address

Congratulations once again
from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our
promotional program.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. Veronica Van Gooi
Jenneke van Deuren

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