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Lottery Scams


You can read more lotto scam updates here.

General Advice

The public are warned to be cautious when approached by organizations claiming to be agents acting on behalf of Lottery operators. As a general rule, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Be careful if you are approached by telephone, email, or the Internet claiming that you have won money in any (real or fictitious) Lottery. Remember:

  1. If you receive a “prize notification” from a suspicious lottery, DO NOT respond to the emails.
  2. Don’t reveal your full identity, or give out your bank account or credit card details.
  3. Lotteries do not charge an administration fee to facilitate a prize claim! (If you are already using a legitimate service to play a lotto online, there may be a handling/administrative fee, but check with your service provider)
  4. To win in any Lottery you need (personally, or via a legitimate online service) to buy a LOTTO ticket prior to the draw. If you didn’t even buy a lottery ticket, how could you possibly have won?
  5. Any prize claim can only be honored upon the actual presentation of a winning ticket, either by yourself or by the legitimate online lottery service you signed up with beforehand, on your behalf.

Lottery Scam Help and Information:

Additional advice from the Federal Trade Commission for consumers who are thinking about responding to a foreign lottery or other potential cross-border scams:

  • If you are a US citizen and you play a foreign lottery, you are violating federal law.
  • Keep your Social Security, credit card and bank account numbers to yourself. Scam artists often ask for them during an unsolicited sales pitch.
  • Do not fall for a promise. Telephone solicitations that require an upfront fee for advance-fee loans, unidentified investment opportunities or prize promotions are against U.S. law. Furthermore, legitimate lenders do not guarantee a loan before you apply, especially if you have bad credit or no credit record.
  • If you do not recognize a telephone area code, check it out in your telephone directory.
  • The bottom line, the commission says, is to ignore all solicitations for foreign lottery promotions. If you receive lottery material from a foreign country, give it to your local postmaster or contact your state attorney general’s office or the FTC.

For further consumer information please consult the following USA government agency web sites:

Examples of Lottery Scams
  • Scam sites offer bogus Hong Kong lottery tips
  • Bogus E-mails Using Powerball® Name to Get Personal Data. ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (February 27, 2004) Full Story
  • Nigerian 419 Scams: The 419 Coalition Website and here
  • Lottery Scams and Known Operatives
  • More about Lottery Scams here
  • Spanish Lotto scam – Courtesy of iafrica.com
  • Example of scam letter:
    Example of a Lottery Scam Letter
  • Email scam letter example:


    Webplus Lotto

    Industriestrasse 456

    FL 9492 Eschen





    REF: W/P/L /26510460037/03

    BATCH: 24/00319/IPD


    We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today, 12th of November,2003, of winners of the our promo lotto via:

    Webplus Lotto PROGRAMS held on 15th of November, 2003.
    Your name,is attached to ticket number 023-0148-790-459, with serial number 5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-11-44-37- 10-43, and consequently wonthe lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$3,000.000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO:W/P/L /26510460037/03

    This is from total prize money of US$80,400,000.00 shared among the seventeen international winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer ballotsystem drawn form 25,000 names from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America,Africa and Asia as part of International PromotionsProgram, which is conducted annually.


    Your fund is now deposited with a Security company insured via a lloyds of Amsterdam broker 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 receieved by you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. We hope with a part of you prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.3 billion International Lottery. To begin your claim,You will be given a form to complete and return same to the accredited lawyer attached to this office and then you will need to notorize your won prize at the high court Liechtenstein. Note that it is your responsibility to pay the lawyers minor handling charges in Notarizing your Won prize with the high court, Please contact your claim agent; Philip Goodwill: philonzo@maktoob.com

    For due processing and payment of your prize money.
    Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 26th of JUne, 2004. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed.

    NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, All winners will be asked to show evidence that they are eligible and identifiable.
    please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions program.


    Dr.Enrique Westerhoff

    The Promotions Manager,

    Webplus Lotto


    N.B. Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to disqualification.

    The webplus lotteries are authorised and controlled by the government of Liechtenstein, a small sovereign state in the heart of Europe that is a member of the United Nations and of the European Economic Area.Our opinion is that you are not breaking any laws while playing at


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