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Sample Scams Emails Involving the Irish National Lottery

How to Recognize Them and What To Do If You Receive One
"The Irish Lottery" Scam

Some of the scammers must be deliberately trying to see how absurd a scam they can make.  This one supposedly is from "Tony Brown" at "The Irish Lottery" with a "Reverend Clerk Phillips" as the "Online Coordinator". Do you really believe that  minister is going to be working in a paid position, for a LOTTERY? And a first name of "Clerk"? Probably a misspelling of "Clark".

Below is a scam email, received in February 2007 from "Tony Brown" at "The Irish Lottery". of course, all of the names are fictitious. We've highlighted some of the obvious clues that it is a fraud. Notice the the use of free yahoo email accounts (not likely for a professional lottery!), gibberish phrases, many typos and misspellings, the selection by a "computer draw system" of random email balloting, so nobody buys a ticket (NO lottery does this!) and other nonsense.

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Received  February 9, 2007

The Irish Lottery
47 Meadow Vale,
Sligo, Ireland.

Ref: LSUK/2031/8161/05
Batch: R3/A312-59


We are pleased to announce to you the draw of the IRISH LOTTERY PROGRAMME online Sweepstakes International Program held on Wednesday the 7th of febauray,2007. Your e-mail address attached to the winning ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/05 drew the lucky numbers: 10,13,24,24,25,36,41,08 which subsequently won the JACKPOT. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,967,932 in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/05 of Irish Lottery.

All participants for the online version were selected randomly from the World Wide Web through a computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly. 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 1,967,932 would be released to you by any of our payment offices in Europe(UK).

To file for your claim, you are to fill the form and contact our authorized claim agent in the UK(Europe) on the details below:

Mr. Tony Brown.


+44 7045 704 275

1. Ticket number:....

2. Batch number:....

3. Serial number:....

4. Amount won:.....

5. FULL NAMES:....


7. SEX:....






Good luck from me and members of staff of the Irish Lottery.


Rev.Clerk Philips

Online Co-coordinator for IRISH LOTTERY SWEEPSTAKE PROGRAMME 2007.

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