by Brett M. Christensen

Lottery scams are one of the most common types of fraudulent email currently hitting inboxes. The SOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY STAKE email shown below is an example of one of these scam emails. Be wary of unsolicited email that informs you that you have won a large sum of money in an international lottery. There is no lottery and no prize. Those who initiate a dialogue with the 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

Subject: CONGRATULATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Van lenndersstraat 250
3107AR Grunder
Den Haag-The Netherland


You are a winner!!. We are delighted to notify you that you are one of the lucky winners in the distinctive result of the SOFTWARE LOTTERY PROGRAM which was held on 12nd August 2005. Your e-mail address was selected by computer generated method and attached to ticket number: 9874300 with serial number 00923/78 which drew lucky numbers: 32-68-17-20-43-8-11 and won in the 2nd division. In this regard, you are to receive a prize sum of 1,200,000.00 Euros (One Million Two Hundred Thousand Euros).

Please you are advised to keep your winning information undisclosed till you make claim of your prize money.

It is a part of our security caution to avert impersonation and abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals.

All winners were selected by a computer ballot system pulled from over 80,000 companies and 40,000,000 individual e-mail addresses world wide. Please be informed that anyone who has access to your e-mail password could claim your prize. The security of your winning information is your own responsibility.


Your funds is now in custody of a Financial Security company insured in your file Reference. This lottery program was promoted by our group of philanthropist headed by the Netherlands government. We hope with a part of your prize, you Will participate in our next year high stakes EURO 25,000,000 million International Lottery Programme .To begin your claim, please contact your claim AGENT:

David Briggs{CLAIM AGENT}

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 (€869.10 Cent) Eight Hundred And Sixty Nine EuroTen 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 5th Sept 2005. After this date, all funds will be returned as unclaimed. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your Reference and Batch numbers in all correspondences. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform us as soon as possible.

Once more congratulations!! from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotionalprogram. Note: Any one Under the age of 18yrs is automatically disqualified.

Best Wishes,

Sonia Quay

{Loterij Co-ordinator}

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,