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.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


REF: YAHOO! 6/315116127/27
BATCH: 8254297137.UK.
Registered Lottery No 220949

Dear Esteemed Winner,
Season's greeting to you,we are pleased to inform you of the result of
the YAHOO! International Promotions Program held on the 21th of
November 2007.Your e-mail batch number 8254297137 drew the lucky
numbers 14-22-28-37-40-44 which consequently won in the 1st category,
you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of
1,500,000.00 (i.e One Million Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds)
please contact our customer care service Agent immediately, to begin
your claims process.
You are to contact her with the following information:
Your Full Names:
Your Contact Address:
Your Telephone:
Fax numbers:
Country Of Location:

Your Sincerely,
Mrs Jane Moore

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