Someone please…


    We are pleased to inform you of the release today the 17th of june 2004,of the free lottery Netherlands Sweepstake International program held on the 16th of june 2004. Your personal or company email address attached to ticket number 205-11465886-629 with serial number 3772-99 drew lucky numbers 7-14-17-23-31-44 which consequently won the lottery in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of $500,000.00(five hundred thousand US dollars) in cash credited to file Ref.No: SLN/2311786008/01.Batch No:14/011/IPD.This is from a total cash prize of U.S.$200million shared among several international lucky winners in this category.
  CONGRATULATIONS. Your fund is now deposited with our Security Department to your name and due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this winning private from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your designated account.This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claim and unwarranted taking advantage of this programme by participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 900,000,000 company and individual email addresses from all over the world as part of our international promotions programme,which takes place every year.
We hope, with part of your winning, you will take part in our end of year stake of U.S $500million international lottery. Remember,all winning must be claimed not later than july 1st 2004.After this date all unclaimed fund will be returned to the pool as unclaimed.
  NOTE:In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your refrence and batch numbers in all correspondence with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do inform your agent as soon as possible.  Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional programme.
please forward your reply and your contact details to our office email address.(
Johnson Van Goh

…tell me that no one still falls for this crap. The sloppy punctuation alone should be a major clue, not to mention the fact that they’re using a free email service as their “official” email address. They can give away $500,000,000 but they can’t afford to register their own domain name? Right.


  1. I’m from Holland myself and I have never heard of the ‘free lottery Netherlands Sweepstake International’ in my life…
    It’s sad these attepts of fraud. But it’s even sadder when people fall for it.
    It’s almost like you deserve it if you fall for this one.

  2. Scammers know that you can never underestimate the power of greed. Much like lust, greed has a way of overcoming rationality at times.

    Submission word = “cost”

  3. We recieved one of these through postal mail. They actually got my address and mailed me one of them.

    Today’s word is ‘car.’

  4. A group of amateurs has been involved in counterscamming internet fraud artists, according to this morning’s New York Times.

    Now, however, an ad hoc militia of self-styled counterscammers on several continents is taking the fight directly to the thieves. Aiming to outwit the swindlers, they invent elaborate and often outrageous identities (Venus de Milo, Lord Vader) under which they engage the con men, trying to humiliate them and, more important, waste the grifters’ time and resources.

    They then chronicle the exploits, documented by elaborate e-mail exchanges, at sites like Scamorama ( They also gather financial and technical information about the fraud artists, who are sometimes part of broader criminal networks, and refer their findings to law enforcement officials. Some of the antifraud efforts even appear to straddle the bounds of legality: disabling fake bank Web sites used to dupe the unwitting, or breaking into swindlers’ e-mail accounts to warn victims already on the hook.

    Part vigilante patrol, part neighborhood watch, part comedy troupe, the counterscammers are trying to beat the thieves of the Internet at their own game. And they certainly appear to enjoy doing it.

    To date the group has been specializing in the groups that send out the Nigerian ‘found money’ emails. One of their goals is to waste the scammers time, another is to gather financial and technical information on the scammers which they turn over to law enforcement officials.

    Sounds like fun. I wish I had the skills to join in.

  5. A chap from the Australian Skeptics did a zinger on one of the Nigerian scammers. He stringed the scammers along with his fake company, with Ned Kelly and Christopher Skase listed as directors.
    Mr Kelly was an infamous bushranger and Mr Skase was a failed enterpreneur * isn’t that a tautology? wink* who nicked off to Majorca.

    My word: running

  6. One of my favorite sites in a long time is 419 Eater. They get some of these scammers to do the funniest shit. They’re big on getting the scammers to send them pictures holding signs with ridiculous messages written on them. Check out the Trophy Room.

    Another fave was the p-p-p-powerbook ebay anti-scam.


    Ya know. all in the spirit of fun.

  7. VernR, Brooks—thank you so much!  Reading some of those scam-baiting sagas made me laugh out loud.  I highly recommend that anyone who hates these scam artists read the Saga of Joe Eboh.  Simply hilarious.

    I tried scam-baiting once, long before I knew what it was, but I didn’t get to take it that far before the scammer gave up.  I suggested he send me the $25 million he as offering in cash, to a P.O. box, so I could open a bank account with it.  Actually got him to ask a few questions about that, but after I stalled a bit in my next e-mail, I guess he got scared off.

  8. Check out this new scam from The National Freelotto

    Ref : FL/94202/08
    Batch: UK/05/369

    Dear Winner,


    We happily announce to you the draw (#942) of the NATIONAL
    FREELOTTERY, online Sweepstakes International program held on Monday 21st of
    August, 2005.
    Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with
    Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:4-6-9-12-15-40 (bonus no.25),
    which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5
    plus bonus.

    You have therefore been approved to claim total sum of US$1,750,000.00
    (One million,Seven hundred And Fifty thousand, United States Dollars)
    in cash credited to your file.This is from a total cash prize of US$30
    Million dollars,shared amongst the first Fifty (50) lucky winners in
    this categoryi.e Match 5 plus bonus.All participants for the online
    version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer
    draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, associations, and
    corporate bodies that are listed online.

    Your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet
    representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In
    view of this, US$1,750,000.00 (One million,Seven hundred And Fifty
    thousand, United States Dollars)will be released to you by any of our
    payment offices in Europe.

    Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate
    the release of your funds as soon as you contact them.

    For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information
    confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to
    you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.

    This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and
    unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned.

    To file for your claim,Please contact our Fiduciary Agent for

    Name:Mr James O’Neal
    Foreign Services Manager, Payment and Release order Department,
    Tel Phone :+447040108384
    Fax Number: +442081817484

    Endeavour to email/fax agent your immediately.

    Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 30th of september, 2005. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and
    complications.please remember to quote your reference number and
    batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore,should there be any
    change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible

    Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE NATIONAL FREELOTTO.

    Yours faithfully,
    Veronica Aaron(Mrs)
    Online coordinator for THE NATIONAL FREELOTTO
    Sweepstakes International Program.

  9. Talking of scamming one of your google ads is

    Lottery Odds
    You Can Win The Lotto 90.6% Of The Times You Play! We’ll Show You How

    Anyone actually believe this.  If this guy really has got an algorithm to predict random numbers he’s wasted winning the lottery.

  10. Dear lottery bureau,
    I Have won for many time ,but you thit not send me my prize in real cheque.That number 114 035 061 234 534 629 543 enzv is mine .That money is also mine.
    Sign:Angelo Martis
    Steurweg 130
    3192AH Hoogvliet Rotterdam
    The Netherlands

  11. One of the testimonials is from Karen White, Fife.  I googled this- she appears to have won hundreds of thousands with at least 4 different lottery systems like this- she must be so ricH.

  12. Dear lottery bureau,

    I have seen you email saying that you have some cheque,s to send to me .I will ask you to send me the cheque,s by now.My name is on the list,check it out.I have saw also that i have won 77,7 million dollar,
    2 million dollar
    10 thousend dollar
    300 dollar
    This is from Freelotto New york
    From UK also Millions.
    I will like to reseive my money quickly before CHRISTMAS.

    Sign:Angelo Martis
    Steurweg 130
    3192AH Hoogvliet Rotterdam
    The Netherlands

  13. Anyone actually believe this.  If this guy really has got an algorithm to predict random numbers he’s wasted winning the lottery.

    I actually have an idea about how this works, and it’s not complex algorithms.  The one I (many years ago) paid for (and it was only $10, but I am ashamed to admit I did) went something like this:

    “Improve your odds of winning the lottery by 100%!”

    Of course, when I got the crappy little photocopied piece of paper in the mail, I found something along these lines:

    You can double your odds of winning by buying more tickets.  If you can’t afford or don’t want to buy more tickets yourself, get a bunch of people at your workplace to pool money and buy more tickets. 

    Ugh…I suppose this is an attempt to take advantage of the general public’s ignorance about probability, percentages and the lottery in general.  The thing claimed that your odds of winning increased by 100% by purchasing a second ticket.  Maybe I was the only one stupid enough to send the bastard $10, but I doubt it.

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