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, November 09, 2007

Reference Number: 421/613/580-EB

Reference Number: 421/613/580-EB

We bring to your notice the winning
letter from Netherlands Promotion Company held on the 5th of November,
2007 through Internet ballot System among 10,000 Microsoft users.
Subsequently, your email address attached to Ticket Number: TL754/22/76

won contract sum of $500,000 USD from a total sum of $10,000,000
We request you to pay serious attention to this notification by
contacting the claims department with claim information and procedures
of claim.

Mr.Peter Smith.

Congratulations once again from our members
of staff and thank you for
being part of our promotional program.
Please you are ask to forward to
Sponsor Loterij Claim Agent the
Information Below;

(I) Reference Number: 421/613/580-EB
(ii) Ticket
Number: TL754/22/76
(iii)Batch Number: 42100546-934-VE
(iv)File Number:
(v) Lucky Number: TL 22/15406

Yours Sincerely,

Stefania Der Graaf.

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