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


QAS code: 24-7563-01
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6th November, 2007.
we the staff and management of QATAR AIRWAYS are happy to notify you of the result of our 2007 promotion in which we celebrate a milestone 10th anniversary of operations.
Your e-mail address was selected as one of this winner in the first category which makes you a bona fide winner of one million United States Dollars (US$ 1,000,000.00). The selection was based on an electronic selections of e-mail addresses from different parts of the world.
Simply send to our fiduciary agent your name, contact address, telephone/fax number and QAS code which appears at top right side of this mail (NOTE: the QAS code differentiate you from other winners and for security reasons should be keep confidential from public until your claim is processed and your cash prize remitted to you. This is to avoid double claiming of your cash prize and also for security measures against internet scam.)
Fiduciary Agent's Name: Barrister Zafir Badi
Congratulations on your winning.
Best regards,
Mr Akbar Al-Baker
CEO Qatar Airways.
This promotion is being sponsored by QATAR AIRWAYS.
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