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Sample Scams Emails Involving the Irish Lottery, the Irish National Lottery

How to Recognize Them and What To Do If You Receive One
 

There is only one legal national lottery in Ireland, the National Lottery and it does NOT use email to notify winners.

Below is a typical scam email, this one received in January 2007. Notice the many typos and misspellings. Also notice the yahoo.com email address they are using.  No real lottery would use a free email account on Yahoo to transact business! Of course, they tell you not to tell anyone about this (especially the police! )

See this page for much more information.


Irish Lottery Fraud Example 3

The Irish Lottery
P O Box 1010
11 G Lower Dorset Street,
Dublin 1, Ireland
(Customer Services)

Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369

WINNING NOTIFICATION

 We happily announce to you the draw (#1004) of the IRISH LOTTERY online Sweepstakes International program held on Saturday 4th NOVEMBER, 2006.It is now available for claims and you are getting the final NOTIFICATION as regardthis.Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:02, 09, 12, 28, 36, 42, Bonus 03 ,which subsequently won you the lottery in the 1st category i.e match 5 plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1.35 Million(One million, three hundred and fifty thousand, pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of 4,419,864 shared amongst the(2)lucky winners in this category i.e Match 6 plus bonus.
 
All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly.
 
ELIGIBILITY:
 This promotion is offered electronically via the Internet and is open to all persons from age 18 years and above with a valid email address and who live in any of the aforementioned countries. This promotion is void in all other countries.
  Principals and employees of the IRISH LOTTERY and its respective Parents, subsidiaries and their immediate families are not eligible. 
 
  Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your 1.35 Million(One million, three hundred and fifty thousand, pounds sterling) will be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned!!!

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
 
MR. ,Larry White
Fiduciary Agent.
Tel: +447 011 12965 
 
 
 
Endeavour to email him immediately the informations below:
 
 
 
Full names...............
Full Address.............
Country.................. 
Telephone................
Sex................
Age......................
Winning numbers..........
Email address............
Occupation...............


Yours faithfully,
Sir.Cooker Johnson
Online coordinator for THE IRISH LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program.
 

Confidentiality Notice:
Please note that this email, and any files that may be attached to it,is/are confidential and is/are intended for the sole use of the individual(s) or entity(ies) to which it/they is/are addressed. Any use,distribution,copying or disclosure by any other person or entity is strictly prohibited under applicable law(s). If you received this email in error,please notify the sender by return email and delete the original message (making sure it is also deleted from the Deleted Items folder of your mail client).
 Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to official business of IRISH LOTTERY and insurance shall be understood to be neither given nor endorsed by IRISH LOTTERY finance and insurance when addressed to comet finance and insurance clients; and any information contained in this email is subject to the terms and conditions of the governing client's contract(s).
 
 
THE  IRISH  LOTTERY
COPYRIGHT © 1994-2006 ALL RIGHT RESERVED 

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