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 06, 2007

TICKET No: 56475600545188

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Subject: TICKET No: 56475600545188

Dear Lucky Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual
finaldraws of UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL PROGRAM. international
programs.After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged
as one of  two winners in the category "A" You are therefore been approve
to claim the sum of 1,000,000 (One Million Pounds Sterling) with the
information below:

REF No: UK/9420X2/68
TICKET No: 56475600545188

Claim Agent Name: Luis Santiago.
Tel: +44 704 570 2396

(7) SEX

Mrs. Susan Moore.

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