The Spanish lottery scam has hit the net, following its big brother, the British International Lottery scam. Blanco Lopez and others may be writing to you, tell you that you have won a bunch of money, but you haven’t. The only winners in this lottery are the scammers.
Like other lottery scams, the Spanish lottery scam tells you that you have just won a lot of money but of course, ultimately, you will need to spend money to “get” the money, although in the end the only thing which will be had is you.
In fact, the current crop of lottery scams are really a lot like the so-called Nigerian 419 scams. They all rely on the gullibility or greed, or both, of the intended victims (that’s you, folks). Fortunately, people are starting to catch on. But not everybody is, and so these scams still abound, as there are still people who respond to them and are drawn in.
Here is a copy of the Spanish lottery scam, verbatim:
FROM THE DESK OF MANAGINE DIRECTOR
CLAIM FILE NUMBER: EG/008045160027
BATCH NUMBER: 100000488
We are pleased to inform you today 20th day of NOV, 2005 for the release of the SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY / INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM Held on the 10th of october 2005. Your name attached to the ticket number 025-11-464-992-750 drew the lucky number 134-15-16-21-34-36 which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of US$950,950.00 ( NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY ) in cash credited to file NO: EG/008045160027. This is From A Total Cash Prize of US$25,756.820.00 ( TWENTY FIVE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY SIX THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED AND TWENTY DOLLARS ONLY ) shared Among International Winners In This category CONGRATULATIONS.
Your fund is now deposited with a finance company insured to your name. please note that your claim and batch numbers are the key to your funds, You are to keep this as a top confidential until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your bank account as this is part of our protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking of an advantage of this program by participants.
All Participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Europe and America as part of our international promotions program which we conduct twice every year. We hope with a part of your prize you will take part in our next high stake USD1.3 BILLION INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY.
To begin your claim, please contact your claim agent MR.JOHN SMITH, the foreign Service manager UNION SECURITY & FINANCE COMPANY TEL:+34-655375454 FAX:+34-940463988 ,EMAIL: union_finance205 @zwallet.com for processing and transfer of your prize money to a designated bank account of your choice. Remember all prize money must be claimed not latter than 28th novermber 2005. After this date, all funds will be return to the Ministerio De economia y Hacienda as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications, please remember
to quote your reference and batch numbers in every of your correspondence with us or your agent, furthermore, should there be any change of address, Do notify your claims agent as soon as possible.
Congratulations again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our promotion program.