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Lottery Scams

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Lottery scams are nothing other than information harvesters. The people behind them are identity thieves and they normally ask the you for your contact details like your physical and postal address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, bank account numbers. They also ask for your social security number, passport number, or any type of identification number. Supplying them with your personal information exposes you to the possibilities of identity theft, online fraud, money laundering, spam, viruses, etc.

Some scammers even request money from victims with the lame excuse that they need the money to cover the administrative costs of processing the release of your prize. There is no prize and you will never see your money again if you pay them this administrative fee. This is a common characteristic of the 419 Nigerian scam.

Here are a few pointers to help you identify this type of scam:

Below are links to copies of typical Lottery scam e-mails. Note that the original formatting of the e-mails was preserved and this is more or less how they look when you open them. We [DELETED] personal names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers in the examples below for security reasons and because scammers often use different information in each e-mail.

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