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Scammers Are Pretending to be Lottery Winner Harold Diamond

by Brett M. Christensen

Criminals continue to distribute emails claiming to be from 2014 Mega Millions jackpot lottery winner Harold Diamond.

The emails claim that Harold has decided to give you several million dollars from his winnings as a donation. The emails instruct you to contact Harold by email to claim your “donation”.

Mr Diamond and his wife did indeed win $326 million in the Mega Millions jackpot.  But,  Harold did not send any of these emails and the claim that he is randomly giving away millions of dollars to strangers via the Internet is utter nonsense.

If you fall for the trick and reply to “Harold”, you will be told that you must send money to cover various fees associated with the transfer of the supposed donation. The scammers, who will continue to pose as Harold Diamond or one of his agents, will insist that these fees must be paid in advance or you will forfeit your claim to the “donation”. 
After you pay once, the scammers will demand that you send even more money.  These demands will likely continue until you realize that you are being scammed or run out of money to send. After they have stolen as much money as they can from you, the scammers will disappear and you will no longer be able to contact them. You won’t get any of the money you sent back and, of course, you will never get the promised million dollar donation, which the scammers never had to begin with.

And, to add to your misery, the scammers may steal your identity using the personal and financial information you sent to them as part of the phoney claims process.

Scams like this are very common and take many forms.

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Examples of the scam emails:

Subject: Donation for you!

I Mr. Harold Diamond is the current winner of US$326 Million on the 2015 concluded Euromillion Jackpot Draw, See link for proof: [removed]

I donated {$12.5 Millions} to you as a gift, respond is needed for more information.

Remain Bless from Harold Diamond Fund Donation Families.
Email at


Re: My Donation To You!!!Mr Harold Diamond

God Bless You And Your Family

My entire family is pleased to read your reply to us. I am Mr. Harold Diamond I am a 80 years old , and i am from Wurtsboro, New York, but now Moved to United Kingdom in January after i won the Mega Millions jackpot of $326,000,000.00 million in November 4, 2014, My jackpot was a gift from God to me and my entire family, I have agreed to do the will of God. I may not know you, but I believe if you were chosen by God to receive our donation of $2,000,000 USD. You must be a God fearing individual, I am a catholic and i believe that Good things happens to those people who wait and also believe.

I am very grateful to you for the interest shown in my plight and i hope this information meet you well as i know you will be curious to know why/how i selected you to receive a cash sum of Two Million US Dollars, our information below is 100% legitimate.I want to assure you that you will be greatly rewarded for what you have chosen to do. Although we know each other for the first time but i believe our father in heaven has directed us to you as i prayed and searched over the internet for assistance because i saw your profile on a list of registered email addresses provided to us by Microsoft list/Google list from which i picked you.

Be assured you stand no risk as this is our money, for source and verification please see the link below:

Please you can read more about me by Viewing this: [Removed]

I decided to donate part of the money to Individuals and i told some Ministers about this which they said was a welcome idea and promised they will get us a list of some people who can help others with this donation and put smile in the face of the needy, I decided to select our self by going to Microsoft and Google to make a research. We decided to elope to United Kingdom because of my wife poor health and ever since i won this lottery different taxes have been fallen upon me and much are coming, my pastor and my able minister’s of God advice me to move to United-Kingdom with my family rather than paying Tax each week.

Our donation OF $2,000,000.00 us dollars may not be much to you but i believe it will go a long way to improving your standard of living like my Mega Millions Jackpot did to me, I would like you to fill the below and return back to us and my entire household will be glad for you to visit us after this donation gets to you. Do this on time so you can contact the payout bank for further directives to receive donation,

Phone Number:

With this document you will contact the finance firm to arrange the transfer of the fund to you as soon as possible

I do not want to ask you for your ID as i do not want to leave an impression in your mind that i want to steal your identity). I do hope that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over there in your country. I will employ you to do what you can to alleviate the level of poverty in your region and also try to enhance the standard of living of as many people as you can because that is the only objective of donating this money to you in the first place.

May the Good lord bless your heart to be a blessing to your family and your society as soon as my donation gets to you

I hope to read from you soon
Mr. Harold Diamond

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,