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Directory of Sample Lottery Scam Emails

This page identifies and provides links to many actual examples of lottery and sweepstake scam emails. Remember, just because your email is not in this list does not make it legitimate.  The scammers constantly change the names and the content of the letters.  However, if the letter you received is similar to one below, you will know it IS a scam!

Here are some of the more common clues that you will see in scams:

  • EMAIL notification? Real lotteries NEVER notify the winners: If you hold a winning lottery ticket, you notify the lottery. Therefore, ALL emails that say you won are scams!
  • You didn't buy a ticket? Then how could you win?  Ask yourself, where does the money for the prizes come from?
  • Email address draw? There is no such thing as a "computer draw system" or "computer ballot draw" of email addresses.  It does not exist, no matter how many scammers tell you it does.
  • Sent from a free email account?: The return email addresses are free Yahoo, Excite or Hotmail, AIM, Gmail, and other free email accounts,
  • Don't tell anyone? "For security reasons" you're not allowed to talk to anyone about it (especially the police or consumerfraudreporting.org!) - which ought to be odd since lotteries thrive on publicity!
  • Uneducated lotteries? The emails contain poor grammar, punctuation, strange syntax and phrasing and loads of misspellings.
  • Pay to collect winnings? You NEVER have to pay to collect winnings from a legitimate lottery. You pay taxes AFTER you you receive the winnings.  There are NO other fees (taxes, insurance, delivery, etc. are part of a lotteries operating costs, and are NOT taken from winnings).

  • U.S. Laws? It is illegal under U.S. federal law to play ANY foreign lottery from the United States. Many other countries have similar laws.  for example, you must be a Spanish resident to play the El Gordo lottery.

  • Similar names? Since scammers simply invent new names for their fake email scam (the email is the scam, not any persons or companies named in the email)s, it is more accurate to say that if you do not see the lottery on the list of legitimate lotteries, it is probably a scam.

  • Government approved? If it isn't conducted by a government or government-authorized charitable organization, it can't be a legitimate lottery

    Click here to see how the lottery / sweepstakes scams work


Directory of Sample Lottery Scams - Real Scam Emails and Explanations

  1. AccuLotto.com International
  2. Afro Europe, Noordeinde The Netherlands - Richard Martins
  3. Afro Europe Lottery, Noordeinde The Netherlands - Richard Summers
  4. Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. - "Pieter Nowotny", "Trevor Browne of BENTLEY HUGHES ASSOCIATES", Germany
  5. AUSTRALIAN LOTTERY COMAPNY - "Mr Ahan Larry", "MR.STEVE COLLINS"
  6. AUSTRALIA LOTTERY INC. - "Barry T. Standford", "Barrister Duke Nelson"
    And look for the reply from the scammers, "MR.RICHARD OKORO"
  7. Australia Lotto Lottery Inc.
  8. Australia Lotto Lottery Inc. - Australian Lottery Bonanza
  9. BINGO LOTERIJ INTERNATIONAL.NL
  10. BoxLotto
  11. British Airways Courier Service Lottery
  12. British Internatonal E-Lottery Promotion Sweepstakes
  13. BRITISH ONLINE LOTTERY /  CASH-OUT LOTTO BV / The National Lottery - E-mail address ballot lottery draw of the Australian cash-out lotto bv international programme
  14. The Camelot Group - Mr Fred Martin, Mrs. Dianne Thompson
  15. Canada Lottery-Soccer World Cup 2010 Promotional Draw
  16. Canada Lottery/Ontario 49 Soccer World Cup 2010 Promotional Draw
  17. Celtel International Prize Promo, Nigeria
  18. Dayzers Lotto E-Games - Mr  Van Dirk
  19. Electronic Lottery Programs - Mrs Owen Becky
  20. Electronic Lottery Programs - Mrs. Becky Owen
  21. ELGORDO LOTTERY PROMO MADRID, SPAIN
    "
    NOTARIZATION OF YOUR CASHIER'S CHEQUE(US$1M)"
  22. En Espanol - A sample of a lottery scam in Spanish
  23. EU International Games
  24. Euro League Promo International, Barrister Paul Phillips, Mr. Frank Bower
  25. EURO/UK MILLIONS LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL - "This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Bill Gates, chairman and chief executive of Microsoft"
  26. Euro Millions are Affiliate of Belgium National Lottery (BNL) "CONGRATULATIONS: YOU WON €1,000,000.00 "
  27. EURO MILLIONS LOTTERY - MEGA JACKPOT LOTTO WINNINGS PROGRAMS - Elizabeth Walter, Mark Forrester
  28. EURO MILLION LOTERIAS on-line Sweepstakes
  29. EURO NATIONAL LOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program - "Mrs. Susan Dickson", "Mr. Donald Weiss"
  30. Euroafric free Net Lottery
  31. European Lottery Foundation
  32. EUROPEAN PRIZE AWARD DEPT - "Becky Owen", "David Nelson"
  33. EUROPEAN SWEEPSTAKES PROMOTION
  34. Flash Fortune Lottery, DR.JOHN KHUMALO, MRS. MERVIN NKUMA
  35. Flash Fortune Lottery, Kenneth Zuma, Mr. Mervin Nkuma
  36. FLASH FORTUNE LOTTERY CONSULTING - "Brian Hunt", "Said Sithole"
  37. Free Lotto / PlasmaNet, Kevin J. Aronin, Chairman & CEO
  38. FREE LOTTO EMAIL PROMO OFFICE - "James Keegan", "James Keegan"
  39. FREELOTTO GROUP INTERNATIONAL - "ROBERT A. V. BENARD", "LARRY GRAIN"
  40. Free Lotto International
  41. Free Lotto Sweepstakes - "Greg Smith", "Mr.Paul Ferguson"
  42. FreeLotto.com - "FreeLotto Member Services"
  43. Global Mega Lottery (Pty) London - "Mr. Adam Smith", "Mr. Simon Peterson"
  44. GLOBAL SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY WINNINGS PROGRAMS - Kate Watters, Barrister Ali Ibrahim
  45. GOLDSTAR LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
  46. HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND - MRS HELEN PALMER, Mr. Edward Pinto
  47. HERITAGE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL - Desmond Duke
  48. Imperial Random Lotto
  49. International Lotto Inc., New Found Land, Canada
  50. INTERNATIONAL LOTTO ORGANIZATION, Euroafriq free Net Lottery Promotional
    award - Mr H Effenberg
  51. International World Internet Lotto Promotion
  52. LIBERTY SPORT LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL With Microsoft, Erika Overmars, PAUL WAYNE OF CRYSTAL AGENCY BV
  53. Loteria Primitiva (received in the mail, not email)
  54. Lottery Winners International - DR BENJAMIN VAN PRIJS, Mike Davids
  55. Lottery Winners International - Mrs. Maryann Klose, Alan Wouters
  56. Lottery Winners International - Mrs. Mary Adams, Dr.Anthony Goldsmith
  57. LOTTO.NET INTERNATIONAL B.V, Affiliate Sponsor of SUPER-LOTTO
  58. LOTTO INTERNATIONAL, Laan van Hoornwijck 55, 2289 DG Rijswijk
  59. MASCHIL EQUITY & FINANCE (PTY) LTD.
  60. Microsoft / Diamond Inter. B.V.
  61. MICROSOFT E-MAIL LOTTERY PROMOTION AWARD - MONICA SHAGAYA, Alan Stubs
  62. MICROSOFT CORPORATION WORD LOTTERY, "MOTTO: FIGHTING POVERTY ROUND THE WORLD", From "REV CHARLES DICKSON", If you fell for this scam, please shoot yourself now
  63. Microsoft UK Lottery Scams
  64. Microsoft UK Lotto (this one is so badly written, it's funny)
  65. National Australian Lottery, Reverend Anthony Egbu
  66. National Lottery / Universal Crossings SA, supposedly from South Africa
  67. NATIONAL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY INC., NATIONAL ONLINESWEEP LOTTO Group International - "PAUL GIRLING", "MARK COUGHLIN"
  68. NL Lotto 2007
  69. NL Lotto 2007 Promotion
  70. NOBLE BANK OF SCOTLAND, EUROPEAN PRIZE AWARD DEPT, David Nelson, Mark Adams
  71. Once Promo
  72. OVERSEAS/ AFRO EURO STAKES LOTTERY
  73. Pegasus Couriers Services Ltd - "Robert Dilts", "Pegasus"
  74. Platinum Lottery International
  75. POLSKI MONOPOL LOTERYJNY (PML) POLAND
  76. Power.Ball Clearance Dept - Mr.Griggs Andrew, Mrs. Joyce Ferdinard
  77. Powerball Lottery - Micheal Hoyt, ELITE COURIER LIMITED, Charles Smith
  78. POWERBALL LOTTO GROUP - Cindy Charles-Thomas, Clark Bestman
  79. Powerball Lotto Group, Promise Green
  80. POWERBALL LOTTERY E-GAMES PROMOTIONS - "AWARD WINNING EMAIL NOTIFICATION!!" from "Mr. Scott Michael"
  81. POWERBALL LOTTO International programs - "Silva Sandra", "GRAY SMITH"
  82. Sachsen Lotto-GmbH (2 versions, including "Mrs. Julia Flo, Gray Armstrong"))
  83. Sachsen Lotto-GmbH (Mrs. Susan Flo version)
  84. Shell  Lottery Promo, Shell  Management Nigeria (Customer Services)
  85. Silver Rand Promotions Inc
  86. SOUTH AFRICAN 2010 WORLD CUP BID INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY - "THE PROMOTION MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT ", "MR.MARK THAMBO"
  87. SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL LOTTERY; C/O MICROSOFT GATEWAY EMAIL ON-LINE LOTTERY PRIZE AWARD - "Mrs. Eunice Zamquoma"
  88. STAATSLOTERIJ BV with multiple addresses in the Netherlands
  89. STAATSLOTERIJ BV, the Netherlands, Version 2
  90. Star National Lottery - "Lewis Morgan", "Denins M. Ryan"
  91. SURF LOTTERY GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION - "Walter Jones", "ALBERT COPPENS"
  92. SURF LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL - "CONGRATULATIONS DEAR LOTTERY WINNER!!!" - Walter Jones, ALBERT COPPENS
    Swift Lotto Gaming Commission
  93. Swiss Lotto Englands
  94. Swiss-Lotto Netherlands
  95. Swiss Lotto - Swiss National Lottery Scam
  96. Swiss National Lottery
  97. TAKARAKUJI JUMBO DRAWS, TOKYO, JAPAN
  98. Techie Charity Promotion
  99. The UK Lottery
  100. UK Online Lottery
  101. UK Premier Lottery Organization
  102. THE BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S UNION BANK PLC - "DR JOHN ROLLINSON", "the UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC"
  103. United Loterij: "We gladly notify you of your winning in our exclusive Lottery"
  104. Universal Lotto NL, Universal Lotto NL 2007 and/or Universal Email Lotto NL
  105. Universal Finance Trust Ltd Affiliated to Euro National Lottery - "Mrs. Susan Dickson", "Mr. Donald Weiss"
  106. UNIVERSAL STAKE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
  107. UNIVERSAL STAKES LOTTERY SWITZERLAND.
  108. UK: A sample in the UK - The National Lottery
  109. YAHOO INTERNET LOTTERY
  110. YAHOO & MSN MICROSOFT WINDOWS LOTTERY
  111. YAHOO/MSN LOTTERY INC & WINDOWS LIVE
  112. ZENITH International Lottery Headquarters
  113. Zürich Lotterien Program - Andrea March, Heinz Frazier

     


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