Lottery Scams – How Do They Work?

The Lottery Scam, or “Dutch” Lottery Scam, as it’s called sometimes, is almost identical to the Nigerian “West African advanced fee” scam. It consists of a message stating you have won a large sum of money in a foreign lottery and that you just need to claim your prize.

Once you contact the “organizers” of the lottery with your special code, they’ll tell you you have to pay a fee in order to transfer the money. Surprise!! Another tactic is to ask you for your bank information so they can deposit the money in your account. You get deeper and deeper into the scam as the money supposedly gets closer and closer to your bank account, but can’t seem to quite get there without an increasing amount of money or information from you.

Obviously, you should just ignore any message like this. If you’ve been fooled and have sent personal information or money to the scammers, you can assume that your information has been compromised and you should follow these steps.

Here’s what a typical message looks like: (see this other version from the “Global Trust Agency” – also see what the application form they want you to fill out looks like.

NATIONAL EURO LOTTERY,
BIJLMERDREEF 657
1102 BS AMSTERDAM
THE NETHERLANDS.

FROM: THE PROMOTIONAL SECRETARY
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT

ATTENTION:
After a successful completion of the 2nd category draws of NATIONAL
EURO LOTTERY, held on 13th Nov. 2004, we are pleased to inform you of the
official announcement today, that you have emerged one of the winners
of the NATIONAL EURO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, which is part of
our promotional draws.

Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from
25,000 names/email addresses of individuals and companies from Africa,
America, Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and New Zealand
as part of our International Promotions Program.

You are attached to ticket number N.E.L. 714, drew the lucky
numbers N.E.L.03- 15- 23- 25- 3 and consequently won in the 2nd
Category.

You have therefore been awarded a lump sum pay out of
US$1,000,000.00(One million united state Dollars) which is the winning
payout for 2nd
category winners. This is from the total prize money of US$5,700,000.00
shared among the three international winners in the 2nd category.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Your fund is now deposited with a financial institution with REFERENCE
NUMBER: N.E.L A and batch number BATCH NUMBER: 224-DA, insured on
your name.To avoid mix up of numbers and names, we request that you
keep this award strictly from public notice until the entire process of
transfering your claims has been completed, and your funds remitted to
your account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double
claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program.

We also wish to bring to your notice our end of year (2004) high stakes
where you stand a chance of winning up to US$1.3 billion, we hope that
with a part of your prize you will participate.

Please contact your claims agent immediately,to begin your claims
process;

MR. RICHARD GENO
FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER,
NATIONAL EURO LOTTERY,
EMAIL: richardgeno@netscape.net
PHONE:0031 645 966 793

For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated
account of your choice. Remember, all winning must be claimed not later
than 30th Nov.2004.

NOTE: To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to
quote your reference and batch numbers provided above in your
correspondence with your claims agent.

Congratulations once again from all our staff and thank you for being
part of our promotions program.

YOURS Sincerely,

Imelda Jonsen.
THE PROMOTIONAL SECRETARY.


This is a sample lottery payment form a Fight Identity Theft visitor sent in:

Author: Dave Nielsen

I started using computers in 1978 on the Apple II and was first online (using my “high-speed” 1200 baud modem) in 1989. I’ve managed web sites for several Fortune 500 companies and for internet start-ups. Working for one of those start-ups is what brought me into the world of credit. I was part of the the executive team that ran QSpace, the first company to offer credit reports over the internet.

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