Don't Fall for a
Everyday thousands of people receive emails telling them they
have won a prize. Many claim that the reader has won a prize from some
lottery. Sometime it's a name of a fake charity "The Loving Life Lottery"
or more often there is reference to a real lottery game as a "Hot Lotto" or
These criminals even add links to the winning numbers on site
to help confuse the reader that AllLotto is not only sending
the email, but is responsible for your winning. Unfortunately, none of
what you read in that email is true, there is no lottery, there are no prizes
and most importantly there is never any cost for cashing in a real lottery
If someone asks you to pay for a prize, it is not a prize, it's a
scam and don't give them your money.
Let's be realistic here: How did you
win a prize in a Lottery which you did not enter? How did the state
lottery, which sells tickets, anonymously via convenience and grocery stores
find your email? But most importantly, how is it that the lottery is
expecting you to pay to get your prize? Taxes are taken out from the
prize, not paid before the prize is awarded.
If you get a letter like
this, it's a SCAM - don't answer!
From: "POWER BALL LOTTERY"
To: "ali alomaisi"
Subject: PENDING CLAIMS PROCESS COMPLETED
Date: Wed, 26 Dec 2007
Multi-State Lottery Association
Attn: ALI SALEH ALOMAISI
In regards to your pending claim processing, your
certificate had been endorsed by The United Kingdom Gaming
have forwarded for courier delivery the following items,
Award Prize (Original Copy)
2) Official Letter of Winning
3) A Cashier Cheque of cash value US $ 500,000 (Issued for
only your Name)
The Powerball Inter Lotto BV has officially approved the
CARRIER" an International courier company to carryout direct
of your winnings to your address.
The courier contact are
OCEANIC WORLDWIDE COURIER DELIVERY
Correspondence: (Customer Service)
Mr. Scott Bill.
You are hereby advised to
make direct contact with the above courier
company, for further processes and
to facilitate the immediate
delivery approval of your consolation cash
PLEASE NOTE: NON-RESIDENT OF THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE TO BORNE
FOR THEIR COURIER DELIVERY.For further correspondenceand with
certification, please update this office with your current status
subsequent development in regards to this pending claim
Congratulation once again,
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