Sample Lottery Scam Email:
ELGORDO LOTTERY PROMO MADRID, SPAIN
OF YOUR CASHIER'S CHEQUE(US$1M) "
The Spanish Ministry of the Treasury has advised us that legitimate
lottery tickets can only be purchased from authorized ticket sellers in
Spain. Let us repeat that: The El Gordo lotteries are only open to
Spanish residents - you CANNOT win if you are not IN Spain.
Here is a typical scam lottery winning notification.
Also see this page for a sample in the UK.
Below is yet another example of a fake lottery . Again,
note the poor format and poor grammar. They also expect a payment in order to
receive your winnings. If paying a fee to receive unsolicited winnings
from a lottery makes sense to you; then you are too gullible to be allowed to
have a bank account....
Dr. Barrish Gupta Kumar
Next of kin: Wife (Mrs. Kiran)
Amount won: US$1,000,000:00 (one million united states of america dollars)
in cash credited to file REF NO. EESW/25041238013/03.
Lottery date: 4th MARCH 2006/ 18TH FEBRUARY, 2006
Ticket number 023-0148-790-459
Serial number 5073-11
Lucky numbers 43-11-44-37-10-43
File REF NO. EESW/25041238013/03
Dear Dr. Barrish Gupta Kumar ,
NOTARIZATION OF YOUR CASHIER'S CHEQUE(US$1M)
This is to acknowledge the receipt of your email and from the directive of
Mr.DICKSON MICHAEL, DIRECTOR OF FOREIGN SERVICES,EUROPE ELGORDO LOTTERY
We have ascertained and verify the validity of your winning from our
headquarters in MADRID, SPAIN, and you need to get a legal clearance from
the ministry of justice here in Nigeria to a sworn affidavit on your behalf
for the notarization of your cheque.
However, You will be required to make a payment of (US$875 Dollars) EIGHT
HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE UNITED STATES DOLLARS to notarize your lotto prize
cheque in the Federal high court of Justice since the cheque has been issued
in your name, Please note that the fees is not deductable and under the
Nigeria judicial constitution in accordance with article 44 subsection 144
of the Nigeria regulations as amended in 1996 constitution.
The notorized document and the receipt of payment will be released and
issued in your name from the Federal high court of justice to our office
subject upon confirmation of this payment which is payable to the federal
high court of justice through our legal department so that we can as well
send your cheque to your designated address.
The notarization of your cheque is mandatory because it will be attached to
your cheque before the Courier Service ( DHL EXPRESS MAIL SERVICE) can
accept it for the postage of your cheque to your designated address,this is
due to the huge amount involved.
It is not the policy of the lotto company to accept fund from any of our
winners, but it was resolved after the 11th of September, 2001, incident in
the United States of America, coupled with the March 11th madrid train bomb
terrorist attack, that to enhance speedy delivery of the won prize cheque to
the beneficiary and to duly certify that the fund is not related to Drug
money, Money Laundering and Terrorist Sponsoring fund, the cheque must be
notarized in the
court for it to be cleared by the courier service, to save time and cost,
it became imperative to request the notary amount (US$875) in order to have
the prize notarize in court and winners meet the deadline and subsequently
post your cheque to your designated address.
Immediatelly we recieved your payment details our attorney will proceed to
the High court to get your won cheque notarized before it can be posted to
A copy of your payment draft will be sent to you via attachment for you to
see before it will be posted to you issued in your name from our official
paying bank ABN AMRO BANK,for you not to be sceptical about your won prize.
You are directed to pay by
WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
with the following information below ,to speedy the processing of your
notarization document. To the
NAME: ALLEN IKE
CITY : WARRI
STATE: DELTA STATE
You are required and advice to make this payment to enable us start
with the legal processing of your cheque and kindly provide the payment
information, as stated below,
1)NAME OF SENDER
2)NAME OF RECEIVER
4)MONEY TRANSFER CONTROL NUMBER (MTCN)
Call me on phone(+234 805 716 6131) or Email me immediately you have
received this mail for confirmation here in our office.
Congratulations once again.
Barrister ALLEN IKE
Head of legal department.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
AFRICA PAYMENT CENTER
TEL: +234 805 716 6131
FAX: +234 53 255295
Advisory from the real Spanish lottery agency (Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (LAE)
See this page for the warning in
Spanish and many other languages
"Loterías y Apuestas de Estado (LAE) would like
to inform the general public that a number of groups of criminals of various
nationalities are using the prestige and the commercial names of the Spanish
Lottery by fraudulent means in several countries. They move easily around the
whole world and use mobile telephones, PO boxes, provisional or false addresses
(including real addresses of official Spanish organisations), as well as names
that bring to mind prestigious institutions ("el Gordo", la Primitiva",
"European Lottery Commission", etc.) They also forge the printed sheets and
signatures of various banks or insurance firms.
In order to carry out the fraud, the
procedure that is generally followed consists of informing the potential victim
that they have been the lucky winner of a substantial prize (even if they have
not participated in any draw), although they cannot collect this prize until
they have paid an amount going towards the taxes, bank costs, delivery costs or
insurance processing, etc. Usually, the fraudster warns their potential victim
that the deadline to pay these charges is very soon and that their right to
collect the prize is about to expire.
Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, that is, the Spanish Lottery,
wants to inform
very clearly the following:
To win a prize of the Spanish lottery is
essential to have purchased previously lottery or bets of our range of
Spanish lottery prizes are always free of
taxes and burdens.
When you are offered “prizes” that seem to be
linked to the Spanish Lottery, DO NOT PAY ANY AMOUNT. We are, in all
probability, before a criminal fact that must be reported to the
authorities. The Spanish Police has already arrested and subjected to legal
procedures some of the members of groups who were operating from Spain.
If you have any question, please contact:
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