All participants were selected through a
computer ballot system drawn from 30,000 names from
Australia, New Zealand, America, Asia, Europe, Africa, USA
and North America as part of our International Promotions
Program, which will subsequently be conducted annually.
Mention of any kind of claim agent.
"Due to the mix up of some numbers and names,
we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice
until your claim has been processed and your money remitted
to your account. This is part of our security protocol to
avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants
of this program."
"N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the
part of the winners will result to disqualification."
"You are seriously advised to keep all
winning lottery information and numbers from the public in
line with our company security protocol to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by
the mixed up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep
this winning a top secret from the public notice until your
claims has been processed and remitted to your account as
this is apart of the security protocol, to avoid double
claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by
participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site
through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000
"This lottery was promoted and sponsored
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request for money: The most important
red flag is a request for money. The request usually appears in
the 2nd or 3rd letter, either at the same time as the request
for personal information or in a letter that arrives once you've
provided your personal information.
Lottery Scam Letters are
what is called an Advance Fee Fraud. If you have won
a lottery, you do not pay any upfront fees to anyone at any time
for any reason.
You pay income taxes to your government
only by filing your government's income tax forms
and sending your money directly to your government yourself.
legitimate lottery web site exists without legitimate rules
posted: Legitimate rules can be verified by going to the web
site of government-sponsored lotteries. You can find a list of
government-sponsored lotteries and all their rules and
Compare these with what you see at the web site listed in the
|> A call
to the local embassy or consulate reveals that the lottery is a
scam: Sometimes a country is listed, sometimes it isn't.
When it is, a call to your local embassy or consulate of that
country is will reveal to you that the letter is bogus.
However, it is strongly advised that you take a look at all
points made on this page because swindlers may use a legitimate
lottery name for their scam.
country of origin is listed.
licenses or registrations are available for independent
verification means that you verify all claims by asking other
sources. The truth cannot be
verified by asking the person who is making the claim.
All legitimate lotteries are licensed and registered with the
appropriate gaming committee.
statement that the funds will be sent to you by a courier or
security service and that you have to pay the courier service
for the delivery and/or storage.
request for money to pay for anything whatsoever.
are told that you have to travel to the country where the
lottery was held in order to claim your winnings:
This is a trick to get you to say that you will
not travel to any country to pick up your winnings. Their reply
is to give you all kinds of phony reasons for paying false fees
in order to get the winnings to you.
are sent a check written on the account of a person or company
you do not know, or you are sent a cashier's check (bank check).
Either way you are told that you must deposit the check and send
some of the money either back to them or on to another person.
THE CHECK IS COUNTERFEIT and you will be held responsible
for the full value of the check. See
How to really verify corporate, Cashier's Checks, and money