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How to identify a lottery scam letter

The lottery name does not make the fraud.

What the letter SAYS makes the fraud!

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The letter or email is a Lottery Scam if:


You did not buy a ticket.  You HAVE to buy a ticket to win a lottery.

You can't find the lottery name except on sites listing scam emails.

The lottery name is a company, like Microsoft.  Lotteries are not sponsored by merchants except through a Sweepstakes.  Sweepstakes are sometimes referred to as free lotteries.  See Number Games

The letter says the lottery is sponsored by an individual, like Ted Turner or the Sultan of Brunei.  Lotteries are not sponsored by individuals.

You do not live in the lottery country and you are not a citizen of the lottery country.  Most lotteries are only open to residents of the country, state, or province in which the game is played.

You were told that your email address won in a random email drawing.  No one is allowed to use your email address without your specific permission.

You did not register your name, street address, email address, phone number, and a credit card BEFORE you were allowed to buy a ticket on an online pay-to-play lottery web site.

You won because you participated in surveys.  Legitimate surveys do not buy lottery tickets for you.  Surveys that promise lottery tickets are ID Theft scams.

Your email inbox and surface mail box are not loaded with advertising for that lottery and its games.  Legitimate lotteries and Sweepstakes advertise their games nearly on a daily basis.

The letter contains at least ONE of the claims or statements listed on the Lottery Scam Letter claims & statements page.


There is no such thing as a random email lottery.  It is against the law for anyone to make use of your email address in a contest without your permission and no legitimate business will ever do it.

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