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ST JAMES LOTTERY SCAM

by Brett M. Christensen

The ST JAMES 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 “ST JAMES LOTTERY” and no prize money.

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


Example:
ST JAMES LOTTERY HEADQUARTERS
Athens, Greece:
File Reference Number: SJL/51976512/4
WINNING NOTIFICATION:

We happily announce to you the draw of the ST JAMES Lottery programs held on the 25th of November 2004 in Athens, Greece. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number: 4127543176657 which subsequently won you the lottery in the 3rd category in the recently concluded modern day olympics/ Paralympics celebration in the city of Athens. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of 1,000,000 EURO(ONE MILLION EURO) in cash. This is from a total cash prize of 3 MILLION EURO,shared amongst the first Five(Five) lucky winners in this category. Please note that your lucky winning number falls within our European booklet representative office in Europe as indicated in your play coupon. In view of this, your 1,000,000 EURO(ONE MILLION EURO) would be released to you by our security firm in France.

Our European agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. All participants were selected randomly from World Wide Web site through computer draw system and extracted from over 10,000 individuals and companies. This promotion takes place every olympic year. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be warned.

To file for your claim, please contact our fiduciary agent:
Name: Louis Woods
Email: stjamesagency@netscape.net
TEL + 33 666-423-382
FAX + 33 544-554-251
To avoid unnecessary delays and complications, you are to contact Louis
Woods with followings details below:
1. Your full names, telephone and fax number, contact address and
2. Quote your Ticket number in correspondences with us or our
designated agent.
Congratulations, once more from all members and staffs of this program.
Thank you for being part of our promotional lottery program.
Sincerely,
Anderson Clifford
(Zonal Coord)


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,
Hoax-Slayer