So how does this scam work?

Leeuwarden Lotto international
Evert Van De Beekstraat 108
Amsterdam Netherlands

Ref: XXZP/2001183308/03
Batch: 18/203/ZZV

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Leeuwarden lotto Promotional program held on the 2nd January, 2006. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 756-005-457/GK with serial number 09384743 drew lucky Numbers 9-34-85-56-42-74 which won in the 3rd category.

You have been approved for the payment of 550,000.00(Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand Euro) in cash credited to file number Tef/0023171521/02.This is from total cash prize of 5,000.000.00 Euro (Five million Euros) shared among winners in the 3rd category.

For security and due to mix up of some numbers and names we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been process and your winning fund is Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid impersonation and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 companies and 200,000,000
Individual email addresses and names from all over the world.

This promotional program takes place every three years; the lottery was promoted and sponsored by one of the World Largest software company. We hope you will be one of our lucky winners in our next international lottery. To file for your claim contact our accredited agent

TELL: +31 619-042-637
FAX: +31 847-499-543

Note that all winnings must be claimed not later than 27th of February 2006. After this date all unclaimed winning funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications always quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence with our accredited agent.

Important Notice: should there be any change of address do inform our accredited agent as soon as possible. Thank you for being part of our promotional program.

Youâ?Tre sincerely,
Promotion manager
Leeuwarden Lotto international

Any breach of confidentiality on the part of the winners will result to
Disqualification. Please do not reply this mail. All correspondence mail
Should be to your accredited agent

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Those motherfuckers conned a friend of mine out of 10000 new Türk Lira that she could ill afford. I’d hope they all burn in hell, but as an atheist, I’ll just have to settle for them all getting a realy nasty kind of cancer.

When you try to claim your money, they ask that you send in money to pay for some sort of “fee” which of course afterwards, you don’t recieve any of your supposed winnings.

I myself supposedly won one of these sometime last year.

Hmmm… je ne sais pas!

May Kali have fun with them!

I also supposedly won last year. It doesn’t work if you just ignore them.

P.S. The thing that totally gave it away, I won two of their contests simultaneously. This would be completely miraculous for a contest I did not enter.

I entered a poetry contest at one time for fun…

Now I get an email every 2 weeks telling me about how I’ve been selected for some grand poetry convention in like… some cheezy hotel in Arkansas.

:unamused: :unamused:

They might also ask for banking info to make the deposit, and that could be another angle.

I know! I kept getting invited to Eurodisney to some awards ceremony even though I admitted in the text of the poem that I submitted that the poem wasn’t of my own creation…

How about if they were happy slapped in a really gruesome fashion, say, in the testicles with an angle grinder?


gave me the clue about the fraud.
First; sponsors want their name splattered all over the place.
second; A legitimate advertising and promo company would have corrected this very blatant grammatical error.
It was written by an amateur. Heavens, that is what spell and grammar check is for.

My friend borrowed money off her mother and her friends to pay for “clearance fees” - money her mother had set aside to build a memorial for her husband’s gravesite, and to help educate her grandson. 10,000 YTL is almost a year’s salary over here.

The angle-grinder would be far too quick.

Yep, they ask you for some kind of fee. Try ringing them or emailing them one time, they’ll give it all away over the phone too. Do it from a witheld number like a public phone.

Why? Because otherwise they’ll keep phoning me back and trying to scam me again?

For that, yes…

How about the balls in a vice, like in Casino? Hang on, that was a head in a vice… So where have I got the idea of putting testicle in a vice (and squashing them until they rupture)? Probably from all those Cold War novels I used to read that were full of torture sequences…

A tiny peice of entertainment that we do around our house is find the scam with all advertising. You would be amazed at what is in the fine print.
And yet it is obvious people fall for it. Truly amazing that the same scams have worked for generations.

Or your number will be sold to many other similar kinds of people.

1 question: how did these basturds get your e-mail address? i’m quite discreet around the net,or so i think. got 4 anti-spyware/malwares…got norton. and i’m not idiotic enough to get involved in “free” stuff on the net,unless of coarse i take something usefull then run like hell.(digitally).
i never give my e-mail to suspitious is something about the mood of the reading,or the things they want,it just stands out. i wish no one ever fell for this shit.

if i did ever give an e-mail for any reason to something i didnt trust,i’d use adecoy e-mail address. i was paranoid of forums see, and actually,this forum is on a decoy address as well.this is my most active e-mail address at the moment.

It’s easy enough to get lists of e-mail addresses, you can buy CDs from ebay with a couple of million valid addresses on them…

Robots harvest the internet, forums like this one, for anywhere that someone might have written an email address. This is why its a good idea to always use something [at] something[dot]com, although they’re even making bots to just look for those kind of written variations as they apparantly get a better efficiency of valid emails from that type of format.

Did you ever sign up to one of those communities like hi5 or something that gets access to your hotmail account for contacting all your buddies?

The only way to guard against it is to not ever use your email address. Even some mailservers are unscrupulous and will store all incoming header senders and sell them. When you send email you are sending your email details across several computers and you cannot be certain who owns them. Always encrypt if you send anything of national security importance!