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Mega Millions International Jackpot Lottery, #67 Kings Road, P.O. Box 3262, Chelsea, London, SW3 6ED United Kingdom. Phone: +44 703 188 0443. Dear Winner Number 8 We are pleased to inform you that you have been announced as the Eight (8) lucky winner of our MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT LOTTERY PROGRAMME held on 8th of September 2010. Lottery online - international lotteries at Lottoland.com Support & FAQ. Log in to your account. Register now to play the world's biggest lotteries.

International Lotteries vs. Lottery Scams

How to tell the difference between a government operated lottery, an International lottery, and a scam letter that says you won the lottery.

Note: It is illegal for US Citizens to enter foreign lotteries: Federal Statute

REMEMBER:

  1. Do your homework before handing your money to over anyone.

  2. Entering a lottery is gambling.

  3. Spend your money wisely and responsibly. It's what keeps a roof over your head and food on the table.

Sweepstakes are advertiser-sponsored and are used for the specific purpose of providing marketing exposure through advertising pages and emails. There is no entry fee and jackpots are provided by those advertisers. Therefore, it is in their best interest to advertise as much as possible through 3rd party email marketing programs.

Country and state or provincial lotteries (i.e. government lotteries) target the residents of that country or state and their advertising is through the media. That means through the use of billboards, newspapers, and TV and radio commercials - NOT email unless you have requested email notifications on the lottery information web site. There is an entry fee, and the value of the jackpot is the cumulative total of all the entry fees less operating expenses. (See Number Games)

MANY LOTTERY SCAM LETTERS REFER TO THE 'EUROPEAN GAMING COMMISSION' AND OTHER NON-EXISTENT OFFICIAL LOTTERY REGULATORS: GAMING COMMISSIONS and LOTTERY ASSOCIATIONS

International Lottery Scams

All lotteries must be registered and licensed with a gaming commission or regulator.

A lottery regulator may be a Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economics, Gaming Board, State Gaming Commission, or any of a number differently named agencies. Individual countries have gaming regulators, and sometimes individual states or provinces within that country have their own gaming regulators.

Whenever you receive a winning notification, you can always ask for their license number and licensing agency. Then you can contact the licensing agency INDEPENDENTLY by searching for the agency on the Internet. You must NEVER contact any agency number, name, or address listed in the notification letter. Obviously, if the letter is from a swindler you will be provided with a name and phone number of another member of the fraud network. It's the same as asking the thief you find in your house if he is going to steal anything.

This is the link to the Gaming Regulators European Forum list of Regulators: http://www.gref.net/links_reg.html. Here you will find links to many Gaming Commission web sites. I have provided these examples so that you will not be fooled if a lottery scam swindler tries to put together a web site that just looks like a legitimate gaming commission or regulator site.

International

Many lottery companies also belong to lottery associations and lottery organizations.I have provided a sample of two lottery organization web sites: The World Lottery Association and the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. Again, this gives you the chance to compare legitimate lottery association web sites with any that a lottery scam swindler may put on the Internet to fool you.

World Lottery Association Condition of Membership

Government operated lotteries

Do not use agents.

Have well-organized and informative web sites that DO NOT have anything to do with investments or banks or courier services or escrow services.

Have web sites written in the native language of the residents of that country or state.Borgata craps.

Allow for a choice of whether you want your name used for publicity purposes or not.

Provide registration for players and a personal player account.

Have eligibility requirements, such as being a citizen of the country in which the lottery is held.

DO NOT require advance fees to acquire your winnings.

DO NOT require you to return a portion of the winning check.

Never ever ship cash.

Are subject to the lottery laws and rules as established by the Lottery Commission of that country. These can be found under 'Terms and Conditions' (in the native language) on each site, or under an explanation link or history link on the site.

Send winnings via a check with the lottery operator's name as the account holder or other method that comes directly from the lottery management account. Example: If you win the California State Lottery, you receive a California State Lottery check.

Do not pay out large winnings in cash.

You are expected to pay your taxes. If you enter the lottery of a foreign country, then you are responsible for the taxes in that country and, in many cases, the taxes in your own country and state/province as well. Don't let yourself in for any unpleasant surprises - check your tax laws. Taxes for the lottery country are removed from the winnings before disbursement to the winner.

Scammers

Australian International Lottery Scam

International lottery scams

Make up lottery names all day every day. See Names used in lottery scams.

Send emails saying you won a lottery you never entered or that your email address was drawn at random.

Often go on about batch numbers and claims agents.

Have more than one country listed in the winning notice.

Send winning checks drawn on a company name that has nothing to do with lotteries.

And more .. See Lottery FAQ's and How to identify a lottery scam letter

One good place to check out available government operated lotteries, and how their web sites are set up, is here: http://www.lotteryinsider.com.au/links.html.

Here is the Mega Millions International Jackpot Lottery email scam designed to take your identity and any money that you may have.

Always beware of winning notifications that state you have won something you did not enter into, especially when they request personal information and processing or transfer fees!

— Pada Rab, 15/9/10, Madam Stephenie Watson menulis:

Dari: Madam Stephenie Watson
Judul: CONGRATULATIONS YOUR EMAIL HAS WON YOU (£1,000,000.00 BRITISH POUNDS)
Kepada:
Tanggal: Rabu, 15 September, 2010, 3:32 PM

Mega Millions International Jackpot Lottery,
#67 Kings Road, P.O. Box 3262,
Chelsea, London, SW3 6ED
United Kingdom.

Phone: +44 703 188 0443

Dear Winner Number 8
We are pleased to inform you that you have been announced as the Eight (8)
lucky winner of our MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT LOTTERY PROGRAMME held on 8th of September 2010.
Your email address is attached to the winning number Eight (8) with batch number:
MML-06438, Reference number: MML-217699 and Winning numbers: 08,16,24,39,44.

Therefore, you have been approved for lump sum payout of ?1,000,000.00 (ONE
MILLION BRITISH POUNDS) in cash and have been credited to Payment No: 0088. This
is from total cash prize of ?47 Million, British Pounds, shared among the Thirty One
(31) International Winners from all over the world.

To claim your prize, you are advised to contact our Overseas Payment Officer (Dr.Craig McPherson)
with below information as follows;
Contact Name: Dr.Craig McPherson
Contact E-mail: [email protected] OR [email protected]

Contact Phone: +44 703 184 7835
You are required to forward all the below information to the above e-mail addresses for
verification and payment.

1) Your Full Names……………………………………………
2) Your Nationality…………………………………………….
3) Your Age……………………………………………………….
4) Your Occupation…………………………………………….
5) Your Contact Phone No………………………………….

International Lottery Company

As soon as you send all the above information’s to our payment officer, he
will tell you what to do to get your prize.

International Lottery Day

WARNING! For security reasons, we advice all winners to keep this winning
information confidential (Secret) from the public, until you have received your won
prize in your bank account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming
and unwarranted abuse of this programme.

Worldwide Lotto

Congratulations!! once again.
Yours in service,
(Mrs.) Stephanie Watson
[Publicity Secretary]