by Brett M. Christensen

The ONCE NETHERLANDS SWEEPSTAKE 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 “ONCE NETHERLANDS SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY” and no prize money.

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

REF NO: OGS/98851266004/04
BATCH NO: 344/300643/IPD


We are pleased to inform you of the release today of the results of the ONCE NETHERLANDS SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY/NEW YEAR HIGHSTAKE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM held on 21st of Feb 2005. Your email and name was attached to the ticket number 102571464979529 with serial number 85176 – 0059 drew the lucky numbers 1915 22373945 – 99 which consequently won the lottery in the 1st category of the year

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of EURO625,000,00 (SIX HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND EUROS ONLY) in cash credited to file REF.NO: OGS/98851266004/04.This is from a total cash prize of EURO10,625,000.00 (TEN MILLION, SIX HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND EUROS) shared among the seventeen international winners in this category.


Your fund is now deposited with a security company insured in your name and references. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated account, as this is a part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 names from Europe and North America as part of our yearly program, which we conduct once every year. We hope with a part of your prize money, you will take part in our next (summer) high stake of multimillion Euros international lottery.

To begin your claim, please contact your claims agent, Mr. David jones Dirk, Foreign Operations Manager,
MEGA CASINO M.C on Tel No: +31617460385, Fax +31 205248407 Email:mega2006@witty.com for final vetting and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 25th march 2005 to avoid withholding policies being applied.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in all your correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of your address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible. Congratulations again from all members of our staff and thank you for being part of our promotion 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,