Euromillions Lottery International

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I received a letter in the mail saying I won 1,615,810.00 Euros, that I was one of seventeen winners from the Euromillions Lottery International In conjunction with the International Lotto Commission. The letter said their bank was holding my money and waiting for me to claim it. The letter had a telephone and fax number to go with it. I sent the bank a fax with my phone number and info to send the check. A guy from the bank called me the next day from Spain saying I won $2,233,380.32 dollers in us money, but before they could send out the check I would have to wire them $1,615 dollars.

I told him to send the check first and then I would send him the money. He could not do that and hung up the phone. They can send me a letter in the mail, but they can't mail me a check.

Total Scam.
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Anonymous on 03/10/2011:
How could one win something that they never entered in the first place?
tnchuck100 on 03/10/2011:
This scam has at least a 5 year history. The sad part is there are still suckers falling for it. Glad to hear you did not send any money.
trmn8r on 03/10/2011:
Yes, there are many scams of exactly the same scenario.

It defies logic that someone who says you have won millions of {dollars, eur, etc} would charge you 100s or 1000s to collect it. Doesn't it?

I love the name, btw. Euromillions Lottery International. I wonder where I can buy a ticket. Oh, I can't.
momsey on 03/10/2011:
I'm really surprised that a place called Euromillions Lottery International is a scam! Sounds so legit. Especially when they contact people who have never entered this lottery to tell them they've won.

What's sad is how many people aren't savvy enough to hang up when they ask for the money.
trmn8r on 03/10/2011:
momsey -> and note that it is sponsored by the International Lotto Commission. I can see the brightly colored balls being chosen on Telemundo by large chested women with big smiles and skimpy outfits. Everyone's a winner!
Anonymous on 03/10/2011:
Actually, people do win sweepstakes/lotteries without entering. I recently won a much smaller amount than $3M through a real estate sweepstakes that I had no idea I'd entered, b/c I was auto entered by the real estate company. I thought it was a scam at first but it turned out to be completely legit, no strings attached.

OP, good for you for not sending the check and asking for them to send you your winnings first. Also, thanks for posting, I get a lot of these scams via email, but I've never received something through the mail.
SteveWiginowski on 03/10/2011:
I hate these scams, it's just annoying. I was trying to sell some items on Craigslist and people were still trying to scam on there. I'd get a response back saying that they would buy the item, but I had to take the item off and wire them some money so they could hire movers ahead of time. Then, once that was done, they would have movers come in and pick up my items and bring a check with them for my asking price, plus what I wired to them.
Anonymous on 03/10/2011:
Anyone that asks you to wire them money should raise a huge red flag.
dan gordon on 03/10/2011:
and you actually played along knowing you never entered? Ignore all these scams
Anonymous on 03/10/2011:
I recently received an e-mail from a woman supposedly stranded in Kenya, Africa. She gave me all of the info where to send the money. The funny part was that the location had a zip code from either West Virginia or Virginia.
I in turn sent her a picture of Monopoly money.
Anonymous on 03/10/2011:
I wonder how many people fall for this one. I have gotten an email saying that a distant relative I never heard of had died, and left me their estate. I needed to send my bank info so they could transfer the money...yeah right. Then theirs the one claiming to be a millionaire from Africa who needs to hide their money for whatever reason, and will split it with you if you send tour bank info and let him transfer the funds to you. Once again, yeah right.
DebtorBasher on 03/10/2011:
LSalv, I had a similar Email...but it was from a person I exchanged Emails with all the time, someone had hacked his address book and sent an urgent message to everyone on his address book, saying he was stuck in Europe and was robbed and needed money right away to get back home...of course, he'd pay back as soon as he got home...LOL!
Anonymous on 03/10/2011:
I like leading them on for a few days before pulling the rug.
trmn8r on 03/10/2011:
I'm heading to Nigeria to verify the identity of someone who wants to send me money. See ya all in a few weeks, or maybe never.
Mrs.Cole on 03/10/2011:
You should have photo shopped a check.. printed it and sent it to them... something from Kiss My Butt Bank, who's address is equally ridiculous... they would have been wetting themselves when the got their check... until they read it.

Is that even the correct exchange rate?

leet60 on 03/10/2011:
I get these regularly. Usually in email. I like to write them back and give them a counteroffer to take a $1 million processing fee for themselves and then wire the remainder to me Western Union in $5000 increments.
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