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AV product:

Online Lottery Scams and Sweepstakes Promotions:
Kevin J. Aronin
Chairman & CEO , PlasmaNet Inc

Did you receive an email from that sounds like you won a huge prize? Slow down and read the fine print. There is a company called that collects email addresses to send commercial advertising to you in exchange for the chance to win prizes, but there are also scammers sending out emails, and even the real email may not be what you think it is.

Therefore, with regard to the email you received, there are two possibilities:

  1. Lottery scam: If you did NOT register with before you received the email that claims you won (see this page for examples), then it is definitely a scam that has no connection to the real
  2. Misleading Promotion: Or, you DID register previously with  Read on to learn about this scenario:

If you have previously registered with or otherwise got on their mailing list

First, you should read the Better Business Bureau 's report.  Here is an excerpt:

"Complaints to the BBB indicate that PlasmaNet, Inc. sends notification via mail and e-mail solicitations to consumers stating that they have won a sweepstakes or lottery but consumers do not receive payment of their winnings. Upon contacting the company to retrieve their winnings, consumers state that they are denied their prize unless they sign up and pay for a subscription on the company’s website at After signing up consumers are told that they are not a winner either because their notification letter is only a promotion or because their pin number on their award letter is invalid. Consumers also report that PlasmaNet has made unauthorized withdrawals from their bank accounts and that they have difficulty canceling subscriptions."

In addition, many reports that we have received from consumers and seen on other websites say the real uses misleading advertising (see this website for examples).

Their email that makes it appear to many recipients as though they won a large sum of money ($1,000,000 in the emails we've seen). In reality, it is a lure to get you to sign up for their services, including their "F.A.S.T" subscription service, which has a monthly fee.

If you read their fine print, it says: "upon submitting the winning entry", which means, IF you play and win, THEN you would receive the money.  It does not mean that you have ALREADY won.  And since they are in business to make a profit, obviously, there must be very, very few big winners compared to the losers.

If you have signed up with Free Lotto and have any experiences or opinions to share, please tell us about them!

Additional Business Names for


  • Jumpstart Media

  • PlasmaNet Inc


420 Lexington, Suite 2435
New York, NY 10170
Kevin J. Aronin, CEO
Phone Numbers:
(212) 931-6760
(212) 375-6207
(212) 375-6208
Fax Number:
(212) 931-6761


Example "Free Lotto" lottery scam email

This email was sent to us by a real recipient on February 3, 2008.  We have excerpted portions of the email to enable visitors to recognize and compare the email they received. This reproduction is allowable under the "Fair Use" provisions of copyright laws:

You will see a box like this:

Dear Anthony Gammon,
You are receiving this message because you joined FreeLotto on Thursday November 29th, 2007, from IP Address When you registered you agreed to receive messages from FreeLotto. FreeLotto NEVER sends JUNK or SPAM messages. We never send mail to anyone unless they requested it when they registered. If you somehow didn't understand that you were agreeing to receive messages from us at the time you joined PLEASE CLICK HERE TO BE PERMANENTLY REMOVED FROM OUR LIST. In doing so you will also cancel your FreeLotto membership and you will no longer be eligible to play FreeLotto or receive up to $11,000,000.00 in daily prizes. We regret any inconvenience.
Thank you,
FreeLotto Member Services


 (Click here to validate and complete your prize payment directive)

To their credit, most reports substantiate that if you call and write to ask that you be removed from their email lists, you will be, although you may need to be insistent about it.

The email also text such as this:

(the highlights in yellow appeared on the email)

"Anthony, Division of Unclaimed Funds, created by PNI to locate individuals with eligible funds available to them. PNI, a global provider of online sweepstakes has awarded over $79,000,000.00 (Seventy-eight million in US dollars) to hundreds of thousands of fortunate recipients in 41 countries; creating 14 millionaires and 4 Ten Million Dollar Winners. Anthony Gammon OF Dublin, the check below may be yours to claim. Review the official listing below to determine if you are eligible."

And later in the email after a table of names, cities, states, amounts and a status of "pending" or "paid", you will see an eligibility requirement:

"Anthony, if you're on the list, please complete your Payment Directive Form on the following page. Eligibility requirement: You must submit a winning entry and verify your PIN # 123496715. It assures you, that upon submitting the winning entry in accordance with the rules of FreeLotto, using the convenient F.A.S.T. service or free online entry, Anthony Gammon and only Anthony Gammon will be paid $1 Million (One Million Dollars) in the Classic FreeLotto Game or other cash that you shall become entitled to.

Notice the wording very carefully: it says:

"...upon submitting the winning entry in accordance with the rules of FreeLotto..."

This apparently does NOT mean that you HAVE won, only that they would or will pay you if you do win! Of course, that is very different form actually winning and can be said of any legal lottery, including many from which you never won a penny.

CFR's Recommendation

Given the large number of unresolved complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau and the number of complaints we receive from consumers, we think you would be well advised to avoid

If you feel that you have been victimized by, you can file a complaint against them with the Better Business Bureau on this page:

You will need to print or write this information to use in your complaint:

  • zip code: 10170
  • Search by URL:
  • Select the NY, NY location
  • Fill out your contact information and follow the directions.

Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery 

Click here for the huge list of the names of the currently identified lottery scams companies


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Names used by scammers in the examples on this page and others often belong to real people and businesses who often have no knowledge of nor connection to the scammer's use of their name and information.  Sample scam emails and other documents are copies of the scam to help potential victims recognize and avoid it.  You should presume that any names used and presented here in a scam are either fictitious or used without their legitimate owner's permission.
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