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Irish Lottery Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Lottery scams are one of the most common types of fraudulent email currently hitting inboxes. The Irish Lottery Scam email shown below is an example of one of these scam messages. Be very cautious of any unsolicited email that informs you that you have won a large sum of money in an international lottery. There is no prize. Lottery scammers often use the names of genuine lotteries in an attempt to add credibility to their claims. This scam email is not in any way associated with the real Irish National Lottery. Those who initiate a dialogue with these scammers by replying to the lottery scam emails will eventually be asked for advanced fees to cover expenses associated with delivery of the supposed “winnings”. They may also become the victims of identity theft.

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


Example:
Subject: The Irish Email Lottery Fund

The Irish Lottery
[Address Removed]
Dublin 1, Ireland
(Customer Services)

Ref: UK/9420X2/68
Batch: 074/05/ZY369
WINNING NOTIFICATION:

We happily announce to you the draw (#1004) of the IRISH LOTTERY online Sweepstakes International program held on December 1st 2006. It is now available for claims and you are getting the final NOTIFICATION as regards this.

Your e-mail address attached to ticket number:56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 drew the lucky numbers:14, 19, 29, 32, 36, 39, (bonus no.18) which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e match 5 plus bonus.

You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1,350,000(One million, three hundred and fifty thousand, pounds sterling) in cash credited to file KTU/9023118308/03. This is from a total cash prize of £4,419,864 shared amongst the(5)lucky winners in this category i.e Match 6 plus bonus.All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 unions, emails addresses,associations, and corporate bodies that are listed online. This promotion takes place weekly. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our United Kingdom booklet representative office in United Kingodm as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your £1,350,000(One million, three hundred and fifty thousand, pounds sterling) will be released to you by any of our payment offices in United Kingdom. Our United Kingdom agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him.For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claim is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize.

This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program. Please be warned!!!

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent below: Call Bar.Galvin Mayor (ESQ) for confirmation immediately.

BARRISTER GALVIN MAYOR
Alpha Consultants mayorfirm & Schmidtz Associates
(Solicitors Advocates & Arbitrators) [Phone numbers removed]
Official Email: galvinmayorr@yahoo.com.au
Fiduciary Agent/Payment Officer.

Endeavour to email/fax him your full names, winning numbers,email/billing address, telephone and fax numbers immediately.

Endeavour to email him the informations below:
VERIFICATION AND CLEARANCE FORM
1.FULL NAMES:——————————————–
2.ADDRESS:———————————————–
3.SEX:—————————————————-
4.AGE:—————————————————-
5.MARITAL STATUS:—————————————-
6.OCCUPATION:———————————————
7.E-MAIL ADDRESS: —————————————–
8.TELEPHONE NUMBER:—————————————
9.BATCH NUMBER:——————————————-
10. REF NUMBER:———————————————
11.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF COMPANY/INDIVIDUAL:—————-
12.AMOUNT WON:——————————————–
13. COUNTRY:———————————————–.
Congratulations from me and members of staff of THE IRISH LOTTERY.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Melissa Johnson

Online coordinator for THE IRISH LOTTERY
Sweepstakes International Program


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