Sample Lottery Scam Email:
2 years later and the scammers are still sending out the German "Sachsen Lotto-GmbH" lottery scam act. Oddly, they stick to using the name "Mr.Gray Armstrong", but they have learned how to use a spell checker. Below is another actual scam email. Note some of the obvious clues that is is a scam, highlighted below, that it is a scam:
No lottery EVER contacts winners: winners MUST contact the lottery first.
the return email addresses are free Hotmail email accounts, not a lottery company email address.
The recipient "won" without buying a ticket (by definition, no legal lottery may operate this way)
Why would a German lottery have an office in London? Especially since they claim they do not sell tickets there (or anywhere).
the winner was selected from a "computer ballot system" (there is no such thing)
The money is part of a promotion, but no one's ever heard of it. It must be the world's worst promotion.
"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!
No consistency: of contact information, multiple names, and email addresses
There is no such thing as "hardcover insurance" policies.
Also see these pages:
- Directory of sample / example scam emails
- Also see this example and this example.
- Explanation of lottery scams
- What to do if you think you have been the victim of a scam
- How to report a scam
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 19:24:08 -0400 (EDT)
Management and Central Services:
Sachsen-Strasse 52,DE-13370 Postdam
Reference Number: SL/06-GmbH/4009
Batch: SL/06- GmbH/3434
I am Mr. Gray Armstrong, the fiduciary agent assigned to your case to help you in the claims process of your funds. I wish to congratulate you and to say you are a lucky person to have won this lottery. All the winners in the Lottery were selected by an advanced automated random computer ballot search from the internet as part of our international promotions program which we conduct every year. No tickets were sold.
You are required to fill the attached Lotto Payment Verification Form to facilitate the processing of your claims which will lead to the payment of your prize to you as required. You are also to send a copy of your International Passport or Drivers License along with the filled form. If you do not have any of these, you can send your National Identity Card or any other form of Identification.
You are to choose only One (1) from the Two (2) given options on how to claim your prize. For any option you choose, you are to fill in the necessary information .
1. Transfer of your funds to your local bank account by Telegraphic Bank transfer and your funds will be in your account within 48 hours.
2. You employ the services of our affiliate courier/diplomatic service to deliver your prize Funds to you in form of Consignment to your physical mailing address.
You will be totally responsible for the Telegraphic Bank Transfer Charges OR Courier Charges. When we receive your Filled Form, we will send you more information about any option you choose.
Note that your funds have been insured and no deductions of any kind can be made on your funds.
Lotto Payment Verification Form
This Form is to be filled by the sole beneficiary of the prize Funds and return by fax or e-mail for verification and final processing before courier or optional transfer process can be initiated.
First Name (Mr/Mrs/Miss): ..
Date of Birth:..
Next of Kin's Name and address:..
Telephone : ..
Reference Number: Batch Number:..
*PART B (Prize Payment Options)
Note that you are required to choose only One from the Two given options on how to claim your prize Funds and fill in the necessary information.
1. Telegraphic/Swift Bank transfer.
Bank Account :
2. Courier/Diplomatic Service delivery
Name of Beneficiary:
*Post office or private mail bag unacceptable.
Ihereby declare that I have not received any payment of the stated prize Funds nor has any of my family members filed claim on my behalf. I hereby authorize Sachsen Lotto-GmbH to act as my agent in facilitating and remittance of my prize Funds to me.
Once again I say congratulations and hope to hear from you soon.
Mr. Gray Armstrong
Information and Payment Bureau:
London Representative Office.
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
And please let us know about any suspicious calls or emails you receive. We look for patterns so that we can alert the authorities and victims to new scams, before it is too late!