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WEST-LINK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY SCAM

by Brett M. Christensen

The WEST-LINK INTERNATIONAL 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 “WEST-LINK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY” and no prize money.

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


Example:
FROM:THE DESK OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
WEST-LINK INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY
INTERNATIONAL/PRIZE AWARD DEPT

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 01/01/2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number BS3164591-6011 with serial number 732134,batch number EIL/6365/NL/04,lottery ref number JB527711 and drew lucky numbers 6-37-46-85-77 which consequently won in the first category. you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of 500,000.00 EUROS.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Due to mixed up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you.

This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some past winners.All winners were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 40,000 company and 20,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every year. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Association of software producers.However,you have authomatically qualified to take part in our next year 20 million(Euros)international lottery.To file for your claim,please contact our paying officer;

Contact Person
Mr.ANTHONY VARIES
TEL:+ 31-645-930-871
Email:tonysesq@netscape.net

Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 20th of February,2005.After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake.Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.

Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. You are required to communicate ONLY with the payment office stated above in all your correspondence.

Congratulations once more from our members of staff.

Note:If you are under the age of 18yr,you are automatically disqualified.

Sincerely,

Mrs.Victoria Walter
Lottery 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,
Hoax-Slayer