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


Ref No: MARKT 80 ES 9414
Batch Number: 444821545-NL/2007

Attn: Lucky Winner,

Upon the conclusion of our recent e-lottery draws, your email address was selected
from an exclusive list of 150,000 email addresses generated from an internet
resource database.

You are therefore to receive a cash prize of $2,500,000.00. (Two Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) .

To file for the processing of your prize sum payment, you are advised to  contact
our Certified and Accredited claims agent for category "A" winners with the
information below:

Name:Mr. Robert William

You are advice to provide him with the following information:

Telephone/Fax number:

NOTE: Ensure to quote your Reference Numbers in all your communication with your
claims agent.All winnings must be claimed not later than 14 days, thereafter
unclaimed funds would be included in the next stake. Remember to quote your
reference information in all correspondence.

Yours Faithfully,
Adam Smith
Lottery Coordinator.

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