by Brett M. Christensen

The MACSOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL 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 “MACSOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY” and no prize money.

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

Laan Van Hoornwajck 55
2289 Dg Rijswijck
Den Haag, the Netherlands


We are pleased to inform you of the announcement today 28th,January 2005 of winners of the MACSOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTIONS NETHERLANDS held on 20th of December 2004. Your email address attached to ticket number 023-56475130154, drew the lucky numbers 6-13-11-42-40-59, batch number 6656/NL and consequently won the lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved of a lump sum pay out of (€500, OOO.00) FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO ONLY in credited to file LOTTERY REF NO. SGIL/763276/03. This is from total prize money of EURO 20,000,000.00 shared among the seventeen international winners in categories B with serial number: IL/FLW/12-C033721181.All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 company email addresses and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from Australia, Africa, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.


Your fund is now in custody of a financial Security company insured in your FILE REFERENCE. 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 account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by participants of this program. This lottery program was promoted by our group of philanthropist headed by the Netherlands government. We hope with a part of you prize, you Will participate in our end of year high stakes EURO 5,000,000 million International Lottery. To begin your claim, please contact your file/claim Officer:

EMAIL: macsoftlot1@netscape.net
TEL: +31-619-098-734

Please be informed that NON RESIDENCE of THE NTHERLANDS will be required to make a NON DEDUCTABLE advance payment for processing and legal documentation charges of (€928.10 Cent) Nine Hundred And Twenty Eight Euro Ten Cent, to enable our legal department acquire Notarisation papers from the Court prior to award payment policy as required by the paying Financial Security Company. Please be aware that your paying authority will effect payment swiftly upon satisfactory report, verifications and validation provided by our Processing Agent that would be designated to your file. For due processing and remittance of your winning prize to your designated account of choice. Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than 15th Febuary 2005. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed to the lottery headquaters. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference. And batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once again from our team of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program. Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Vivian Hart
Lottery Coordinator

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,