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

Dear Award Beneficiary

Oxford International Lottery
32 Hurst Street
Birmingham, B5 4TB
United Kingdom
Ref: OXS/812/07/KL
Batch: 322056Q/KL

Dear Award Beneficiary

We are delighted to inform you of your prize release  from Oxford
Lottery programme.

You hereby have been approved a lump sum of £1, 000, 000, 00. GBP in
cash credit
to file ref ILP/HW 475/07, all participant were selected through a computer
balloting system drawn from Nine hundred thousand E-mail addresses all
over the
World as part of our international promotions program which is
conducted quarterly.

Kindly note that you will only be chosen to receive the award once,
which means
that subsequent yearly award will not get to you again. Take time and
thought in
spending the funds wisely on a project that will stand the test of time.

Simply contact our fiducial agent, Dr.Garry Martin, at
Tel: +447035901229


You are advised to contact your fiduciary agent via Email with
the following details to avoid unnecessary delays and complications.

1.Name in full:----------
3.Ref Number:----------
4.Batch Numbers:----------

I wish to on behalf of all members and staff of the Oxford Sweepstakes
congratulate you on your win and wish you the best of luck as you spend your
good fortune.

Thank you for being part of our commemorative 50th Anniversary Draws.

Mrs. Carol Gabriel.
Oxford Sweepstakes Co-ordinator.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It turns out that the post-code given in the address is that of the Birmingham Hippodrome. Very appropriate for a bunch of clowns!