Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Swiss Lotto Scam

These lotto scams just resurface once in a while, like the Dutch lottery scam I mentioned recently. There is now a Swiss version, that’s clearly wanting to out bluff the Dutch version: in the Swiss lotto scam, “winnings” are $4,000,000 as opposed to the measly $1,500,000 Dutch winnings!

Here’s an abridged version of the email I received today:

SWISS LOTTO
GESELLSCHAFT SCHWEIZER ZAHLENLOTTO
POSTFACH
4002 BASEL
REF NUMBER: CSL/74/368/04
BATCH NUMBER: CS-121-LT-8-12-04
Email:coordinators2005@katamail.com

DEAR SIR/MADAM,
We are pleased to inform you, THAT AS A RESULT OF OUR RECENT Lottery DRAWS
HELD on the 18th May, 2005. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number63538953216-435
with serial number 172-488 drew lucky numbers 1 - 8 - 13 - 15 - 20 - 22 +
45 which consequently won in the 2nd category.

[blah, blah, blah]

Sincerely yours,
MRS. Rita Kelly
(LOTTERY COORDINATOR)

N.B Acknowledging the receipt of this mail with the
email:coordinators2005@katamail.com


Don’t fall for it!

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6 Comments:

At 1:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

gjust received a letter in the mail today with what looks like a real check for over 2,000 on the Chase Manhattan Bank..from the Swiss Lotto, telling me I have won 88,000 and this is my "tax and clearance fee" which I am supposed to deposit into my account. I assume by doing this, it would allow them into my bank..they have put also a company name on the check of UltraLife batteries which seems to be a legitimate company in New York. I wonder what would happen if I set up a new account, put the check in and drew out the cash? would be interesting as it looks like an authentic check and I can't really see any way the above wouldn't work, except perhaps the bank would say the check was fraudulent and there were no funds to cover it.

Anyway, it will be interesting if tohers also received this today, Sat, May l9, and of course all has to be done by May 30 or all will be lost. I'll check the site to see if others have this issue.

 
At 4:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got the same letter on July 21, 2006, with an August 4th deadline. The "maker" and bank were legit companies from California, but I was supposed to call a "James Carter of Royal Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Euro Corporation" in Vancouver, BC. I could not find that company, but the address and phone number are really in Vancouver BC.

Question: are these guys idiots in using the real mails, and giving traceable phone numbers? This is mail fraud, and the phone number can be traced to a warm body, who belongs in a cold slammer.

 
At 2:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recieved a similar letter with a check also.....I was wondering what would happen if I took the check to Any Kind of Checks Cashed and cashed it what would happen?.....would the scammers get scammed?!?

 
At 5:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i also received a letter in the mail (Canada stamp on envelope) on Oct.6 with what looks like a real check ($2400.00) on Bank One. Funny thing is letter states that i have won $65,000 from GE, Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart sponsored annual program but the top of the letter says SWISS LOTTO. Company name on the check is Vitas Hospice Services,LLC which i checked out in the web. Name and address on check is identical to the name and address on the website. The letter mentions i should deposit the check immediately to assist paying the pocessing fee and once it is cleared i'm suppose to call this guy named "KAVIN JONES". I called him (before depositing check) with my cell phone (caller-id withheld) and keeps on getting busy signal AFTER one ring...checked out the number in web and found out it's a cell phone from Illinois...Anyways, at least i have until Nov. 6 to process all this...ha ha ha ha

To answer other anonymous writer's question, i'm sure the check will bounce, so it's no use depositing the check....
and cashing the check in one of those Check Cashing place might make you a criminal since the check is a fraud...it only will come back to you and haunt you.

 
At 8:14 PM, Blogger cldickerson said...

Wow! I guess I'm luckier than the other posters. I won $125,000.00 and received a check for $3,500.00! (My tax is $2,500.00.) I was one of only twenty winners who are splitting $2.5 million dollars. Good to see so many of the other 19 winners found this website.

The check is written on the account of Gulfstream, a General Dynamics Company. Hmmm... Wonder when the manufacturer of jet aircraft decided to get involved in covering Swiss Lottery payouts.

I was warned to keep my eight digit claim number secret to avoid double claims so I can't tell you that it is 196-013-296-224.

 
At 3:39 AM, Blogger Arielle said...

interesting, I received a letter with a check as well -- from Scotiabank, which is a real bank here in canada. The company is euro group ltd. which is an actual company in Oakville, On. says i won $250,000 and that this check is for my tax clearance (check for 1980.90) of 1480.90. asking me to deposit check ... funny though in the letter the amounts vary and contradict what the check is for.... obvious scam.

 

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