by Brett M. Christensen

The CONTINENTAL LOTTERIES 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 “CONTINENTAL LOTTERIES” and no prize money.

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

28830 MADRID
Ref: CL/ES/1026-9172
Batch: 31-2404/05



Congratulations first category prize winner! You have been selected as one of six winners of the Worldwide Continental Lotteries, Madrid-Spain, online ballot, drawn for January 2005, therefore will be a privileged receiver of the grand prize of €531,220.17 (FIVE HUNDRED AND THIRTY ONE THOUSAND,TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY EUROS, SEVEVTEEN CENTS ONLY).Your e-mail address was attached to the winning number 5-11-14-20-31-45. Draw serial: 055. This lottery is promoted and sponsored by multinationals companies of the european union. We in the Worldwide Continental Lotteries, Spain is by this program, diversifying our online balloting lotteries draws, developed and designed to satisfy the cravings of the ever growing number of participants in our various programs. With funds accrued from previous draws and unclaimed prizes, payouts to all winners is guaranteed and payments in a record time. After randomly selecting 25,000 participants from an initial database of 4.500.000 emails and zonings, by their respective continents from across the World, we produced an extensive list from which you have emerged as one of the lucky winners of the Grand Draw prize.

To process your winnings and prize payment, you are to get in contact with;
Mr. JORGE DIAZ (Prize claims handler)
e-mail: diazge@yahoo.es
Tel: +34 62 8091594

You are advised to keep your winning informations confidential untill your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you prefer. This is in line with our security policies, to avoid double claims and misapropriations of the Lottery funds as it has happened in the past. Direct all further communications and enquiries to your category prize claim handler and remember to include your reference and batch numbers. Congratulations once again from Continental Lotteries. Thank you for being part of our promotional program.

NOTE: Do not reply to this mail address, contact your claim handler.



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,