by Brett M. Christensen

The PAYOUT LOTTERIES INTERNATIONAL 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 “PAYOUT LOTTERIES INTERNATIONAL” and no prize money.

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


We are pleased to inform you of the announcement on the 12th of FEB,2005 of winners of the SCIENTIFIC GAME PROMO LOTTERY / INTERNATIONAL, PROGRAMS held on 7th,FEB,2005 for the 2005.ALL GAMES PROMOTION Your email address attached to ticket number xxxxxxxxxxx, with serial number xxxxx drew the lucky numbers xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, and subsequently won the lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved of a lump sum pay out of EUR1,500,000.00(ONE MILLION AND FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS) in credited to file REFERENCE NUMBER:KAL/xx-xxxxxxxxx.

This is from total prize money of EUR2,500,000.00 shared among the international winners in our 1st -5th categories. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn form 25,000 company email addresses and 30,000,000 individual email addresses from Australia, New Zealand, America, Europe, North America and Asia as part of International Promotions Program, which is conducted annually.CONGRATULATIONS! Your funds 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 advice that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your designated account or any other form of claim. 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 philanthropists.

We hope with part of your prize, you will participate in our end of year high stakes EUR10,000,000 EUROSInternational Lottery in the year 2005. To process your claim, please contact your file/claim officer:

MRS ROCCO BUTIGLEONE of PAYOUT LOTTERIES INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION,SPA.on email to payoutlotteries@netscape.net. Make sure that you quote your winning references in all your correspondence with them.

Please be informed that NON RESIDENCE of ITALY will be required to procure a Affidavits of Lotto Claim/Court clearance certificate from the Court in ITALY prior to award payment policy of Organisers/European Gaming Board as required by the paying Authority.

Please be aware that your Paying Authority will Effect Payment Swiftly upon satisfactory Report, Verifications and validation provided by this processing Agent. For due processing and remittance of your winning prize to designated account of your choice, please treat as urgent. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 20th of MARCH,2005.After this date,all funds will be returned and treated as unclaimed.

NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every one of your correspondences with your agent and all reply must be via email as to ensure the legibility.

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 21 is AUTOMATICALY DISQUALIFIED.

(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,