by Brett M. Christensen

The GRAMSTEL PROMO LOTTERY 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 “GRAMSTEL PROMO LOTTERY” and no prize money.

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Email Lottery Scams – International Lottery Scam Information



We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today,7th January, 2005 of winners of the GRAMSTEL PROMO LOTTERY,THE NETHERLANDS / INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS held on 3rd December, 2004.

Your winning email address,is attached to ticket number 023-0148-790-459, with serial number 5073-11 drew the lucky numbers 43-21-54-37-10-43, and consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$3,000.000.00 in cash credited to file REF NO. AMXXL/25041238013/03. This is from total prize money of US$51,000,000.00 shared among the seventeen international winners in this category. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from a collection of email addreses belonging to all frequent internet users from all over the world from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as part of International Promotions Programme, which is conducted bia-annually.


Your funds is now deposited with our corresponding bank, and would be transferd to you as soon as i hear from you. Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your designated account or send to me your prefarence as regards your desired method of transfer of your funds to you This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this programm. We hope with a part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes US$1.3billion International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent:

FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER, Herbarium Heidelberglaan 2 , AMSTERDAM with this informations which should include your FULL MAMES, AGE, SEX,MARITAL STATUS,PROFESSION ,NATIONALITY,CONTACT POSTAL ADDRESS,TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER, via this email address(gramstellottery@netscape.net)

For due processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 30th January, 2005. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed,back to the NETHERLAND GOVERNMENT.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your respondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your email address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations again from all our staff and thank you for being part of our promotions programm.

Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

yours Sincerely,
Mr.Bright Wilson.
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,