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‘British Telecoms Global Lottery Program’ Advance Fee Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

The BRITISH TELECOMS GLOBAL LOTTERY PROGRAM scam email shown below claims that the recipient has won money in an international lottery.

The email is an attempt to initiate a dialogue with potential victims and subsequently trick them into sending money to the scammers responsible.

There is no “BRITISH TELECOMS GLOBAL LOTTERY PROGRAM” and no prize money.

For more information about Lottery Scams see:
Email Lottery Scams – International Lottery Scam Information


Subject: Congratulations!
Date: May 11, 2005 4:19 PM
DATE: 11th May,2005Dear Winner,

Congratulations!! Congratulations!! Congratulations!!

You were a winner of our BRITISH TELECOMS GLOBAL LOTTERY PROGRAM that was held on the 5th January 2005. Due to mix up of email address, the results were finally released on 15th March 2005. Winners were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from ”300,000,000” E-mail addresses, from eight different Zones; North America, Latin America, Caribbean, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia, South Asia and Australia/South Pacific.

Your E-mail address generated British Telecom jackpot number 0220-T11444999-05P50 with serial number BT/400550/SH, drew the lucky numbers 4-18-24-30-31-35-78-10, which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category.

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of �1.5M (One Million Five Hundred Thousand pounds) to file reference number: BTGL/1500000/05p50/15305,from a total cash price of �22.500,000.00 (Twenty Two Million Five Hundred Thousand pounds) shared among fifteen (15) international winners in this grand category. Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your winning prize to you as soon as you make contact.

Mr. Mathew Cusworths

Congratulations once again from all members of our staff and thanks for being part of our promotions program.

Promotion Department

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,