Victims are commonly notified by email (also by conventional mail or fax) that they have won a prize in a foreign lottery or sweepstakes. The scam is usually based around the demand for fees (taxes, customs duty, shipping, courier etc) that need to be paid before the winnings are made available. Requests to 'take the fees out of the winnings' always get the same response - "We cannot do that!".
Email lottery scams can often be identified simply by the
fact that the response email address is an obvious free email account (yahoo.com, netscape.net, hotmail.com etc).
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For years, scam operators have used the telephone, direct mail and now email to entice U.S. consumers into buying chances in supposedly high-stakes foreign lotteries. Scam operators may never buy the lottery tickets on your behalf or may buy some tickets, but keep the "winnings" for themselves. If you're thinking about responding to a foreign lottery:
California Super Lotto
The California Super Lotto is one of the most popular lottery draws in the United States, with jackpots starting at 7 Million Dollars, and having reached 193 Million Dollars in the past. The draw is held twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday, and the jackpot, if not claimed, is carried over to next week, allowing it to grow to huge numbers.
EuroMillions is a lottery game played weekly on Friday by millions of players from across Europe. The game has participants from nine countries, including Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. The prize pool is put together from stakes generated from each of the nine countries, and the main jackpot prize starts at 15 Million Euros. If the jackpot is not won during a specific week, the prize pool is 'carried over' to the following week. The record for a single winner is 115 Million Euros, and the highest jackpot ever was 183 Million Euros. These huge jackpots have turned the EuroMillions Lottery into one of the most lucrative and exciting lotteries in the world.
The MegaMillions is one of the biggest lottery drawings in the United States, with a huge multi-state audience. MegaMillions has a jackpot that starts at 12 Million Dollars, with additional prizes reaching up to 250,000 Dollars. The lottery can be played from 12 states at this stage, including: , Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11:00 p.m. eastern time by the Georgia Lottery in Atlanta.
Powerball is considered the leading lottery game in the United States, currently played in 31 States, and operated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL). Powerball is a lotto game that combines a large jackpot and a regular cash game, and is held every Wednesday and Saturday night at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. The prizes include the jackpot, and include additional winners ranging from 3 Dollars to 200,000 Dollars (second place). Jackpots have reached over 200 Million Dollars in the past.
What Is This?This Email with the Subject "" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on and has been classified as a Scam Email. The sender shows as , although that address was probably spoofed. We recommend that you do not attempt to contact any persons or organizations referenced in this email, as you may expose yourself to scammers and, at the very least, you will be added to their email address lists for spam purposes.