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El Gordo Spanish Sweepstake Email Lottery Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

This email claims that you have won a large sum of money in the El Gordo Spanish Sweepstake lottery.

Supposedly, your winning entry was chosen via a computer ballot system. It urges you to contact your “claims agent” to arrange the transfer of your prize.

However, the email is not a legitimate lottery notification and you have not won any money. Instead, it is a typical advance fee scam designed to trick you into sending your money and personal information to criminals.

There is no “El Gordo Spanish Sweepstake” and no prize money.

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Example

EL GORDO SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE
GATE WAY LOTTERY COMPANY
CALLE AROYO NO 44-47, PISO 4G 28030 MADRID ESPA=D1A
DATE: 13TH, APRIL, 2004
FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT.
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD..
BATCH: EGGS-545-608-987: REFERENCE: 33/6757/IPDATTENTION:
AWARD NOTIFICATION.
This is to inform you of the release of the EL-GORDO DE LA PRIMITIVA LOTTERY held on the 20th of February 2004. The results were released on the 26th, march, 2004. Your email address was attached to ticket number 766-553-550-189 with serial number 375-876-775-431 that drew the lucky numbers of 90-52-55-26-49, which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum of payent of Euros 1,950,000.39c (ONE MILLION, NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND EURO,THIRTY NINE = CENTIMOS ONLY)in cash. credited to file with REF:N=BA.EGS/3254-9847/1343. This is from US $75,000,000.00 (SEVENTY FIVE MILLION US DOLLARS) in cash among the 16 participating finalist playing 6,000 full tickets.CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your fund is now deposited with our Security Company and insured in your name. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice untill your claims has been processed and the money remitted to your account as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming of unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants as it has happened in the past.All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Africa as part of our International Promotions Program. We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs.

To begin your lottery claims , please contact your claims agent, MR.LANKY JOS (lankyjos2000@netscape.net ) on Telephone number: 0034678092889 Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than two weeks from the day you receive this notification. Any claim not made before this date will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA. And also be informed that 2% of your lottery winningbelongs to your agent because they are the company that bought your ticket and played the lottery on your name, NOTE this 2% will be remitted. AFTER you have received your winnings prize because the money is insured in your name already. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondenc with us or your claim agent. furthermore, should there be any change of address, please do inform your claim agent as soon as possible. A copy of your lucky winning ticket and your deposit certificate will be sent

to you by your claim agent, MR. LANKY JOS
CONGRATULATION!!!!!
Once again from all members of our staff and thank you for being a part of our International promotions program. we wish you continued good fortunes. Sincerely ,MRS JULIANA JORDI LOTTERY CO,ORDINATOR.



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,
Hoax-Slayer