Lottery SCAMs...and how to avoid them!

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Quotations from a (6 Red Flag rated) SCAM letter sent by: “John Harrison”

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“First_Name, would you like to be the biggest lottery winner of 2010 with a 10 million jackpot?

“INTERNATIONAL SCOOP: the biggest lottery winner... New Record: 586 million; see the report below...

“Up until now, John Harrison has won more than 586 million over the last 40 years with 87 jackpots to his name! Now, at the age of 97, John Harrison has bequeathed all his fortune to charity... However, before he dies John Harrison has decided to entrust the fabulous secret that has made him the biggest winner of all time to one person only.

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Red Flag  # 1 First_Name, John Harrison has chosen you as the only heir to his fabulous fortune and money secret to win several jackpots and hundreds of millions!

“Dearest First_Name,

“His name is John Harrison and he is 97 years old. In a few days, he will officially become the world “champion” for the number of jackpots won in the lottery: 87 jackpots in 40 years! Making 2 jackpots a year or 13 million per year! And this has been going on for 40 years!

“Therefore, John Harrison is the most popular man in the newspapers and magazines in America because he has won all this money thanks to a secret... The frenzy surrounding John Harrison has been fuelled[sic] after the extraordinary news that concerns you first and foremost.

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First_Name, John Harrison has chosen you to inherit his extraordinary secret that has made him win 586 million in total. Here’s a personal letter from him that he asked us to enclose:

“Dearest First_Name,

“Before agreeing to the newspaper interview, I first requested that they enclose this short letter which will explain everything. I’m sorry if I sound so forward, but it turns out that I am your great uncle from Australia. I then asked for your anonymity to be respected.

“You can’t believe it, right? Yet this is absolutely true. Before writing to you, I did some genealogical research. And everything I have found points to the same thing: the Last_Name blood runs through my veins:

One of our common ancestors left their home in 1859 to take part in the California gold rush. Like many pioneers, he didn’t find fortune. I’m the one who has made the fortune even though I won all this money in the lottery.

“First_Name, I will always remember the very first time I won the jackpot: 22 million dollars. And you too will remember your first jackpot win for the rest of your life. This should happen very soon because all you have to do is reply to me so that I can give you my grand fortune and money secret.

Red Flag  # 2  “Yes, I would like to send you, my last living family, the secret that has made my fortune and that has placed me in the spotlight. I completely understand that this news must have shaken you. Yet, long-lost family members find each other every day. This is our case.

“Of course, this is a little different to the usual family reunions because there’s a famous secret involved. It’s amazing to think that I was pestered by the press for years because of my “secret”. I have now managed to get rid of them. Indeed, I did 2 essential things to get the journalists off my back:

  • “-1 . I bequeathed all my fortune to charity. Believe me First_Name, I thought about leaving you this money. However, 95% would have been taken in taxes because you are not a direct descendant. And the taxes in your state would have taken as much from the few hundred thousands of dollars left. As I have only just found you, I want to leave you more than just a few thousand dollars...
  • “-2 . I have just chosen you as the only heir to my secret. So, it’s your turn to make a fortune by regularly winning the lottery.
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“First, let me warn you about something very important: if you win too often, you will fall prey to journalists and freeloaders. Therefore, I want to ask you to limit yourself to 1 jackpot per year, or 2 maximum. Before I reveal this secret, I want to set a few things straight with you:

“First_Name, perhaps you think that my life has been easy. You couldn’t be more wrong. This secret was revealed to me at the age of 57. Until then, I was a personal driver. I was at the service of Mr Bildeberger for 37 years. I took the job when I was 20. In fact, I spent my life driving exclusively for a rich and powerful man who had a crazy schedule. So, I never found the time to have a family...

“So for years, I drove this prestigious banker around who financed many politicians. When I started working for Mr Bildeberger, I took an oath of loyalty and confidentiality. At the time, I didn’t know that this enigmatic man was going to make me a multi-millionaire...

“Without betraying this exceptional man’s trust, I can say that I saw many celebrities from the business and political world in the back of the limousine I drove. And among these people were Presidents... The most crazy rumors were going around about Mr Bildeberger. It was said that his influence stretched as far as the White House and the very select circles of international finance or the free masons and the illuminati...

“Often, during long journeys, Mr Bildeberger would speak to me. Although it was often a monologue. He often lost his temper when he listened to the news on the radio. And I often heard him say to me: “John, don’t listen to what they say on the radio and don’t believe what you see on the television. It’s all just to dupe people...” Anyway, I wanted to tell you, First_Name, that I never had a private life until one famous evening in July 1969. I remember that it was a little after the day we landed on the moon...

“That evening, Mr Bildeberger had invited several people I had never seen before. I went to collect these people when their private jet arrived and they never said a word during the whole journey back to the Residence. Two hours later, I took these strange people back to the airport. When I returned, Mr Bildeberger urgently called me into his office...

Mr Bildeberger had a fabulous secret:

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“When I entered the office, Mr Bildeberger gestured for me to sit down and began speaking:

‘John, in a few days, I will celebrate my 84th birthday. I have had a long and fulfilled life. Of course, you don’t know everything, John...I’m telling you this because tomorrow we will never see each other again...’

“Without leaving me the time to speak, Mr Bildeberger continued:

‘Yes, I’m leaving and I won’t be coming back. Tomorrow, you must take me to the airport. Tomorrow, I will leave you the key that opens the safe behind the arm-rest of the back seat. You’ve always wondered what was in this safe, right? John, for all these years, you never knew that you were taking care of my most precious treasure...’

“Indeed, every year, the limousine was changed and each time the safe was installed in the new car. I often wondered what was in it. The residence was filled with valuable objects, and masterpieces. There were several safes in the residence and they all contained fortunes in jewels, gold bars, dollars, etc... For a long time I just thought it was a billionaire’s whim.

“An infallible method for winning millions without working:

“Seeing the astonishment on my face, Mr Bildeberger continued:

‘John, when I am on the plane, you must open the safe. Inside, you will find some secret instructions. Follow them because they will show you how to beat chance and win millions in the lottery and all games of chance. This is the secret of my fortune.
I am giving this to you as a gift because you have faithfully served me for 37 years without ever complaining. Every day for 37 years, you have been there and you have never broken your oath. All the other workers in this house have stolen from me or sold “private” information to journalists. You, John, have been honest and straight. In 37 years, you have never missed a day. Go to bed now and don’t ask any questions. Tomorrow, you will be rich...’

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“3 days later, I won 10 million!!!

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“The next day, I took Mr Bildeberger to the airport where a private jet was waiting for him. To my surprise, at the bottom of the steps, I saw one of the men from the night before... As usual Mr Bildeberger took charge of matters:

‘John, here’s the key and $5,000. Never reveal this secret to anyone for the rest of your life. The only thing I ask is that you pass on my secret before you die to the person of your choice. This person must promise, like you, never to reveal the secret for as long as they live...’

Red Flag  # 3  “This was the last time I saw Mr Bildeberger. I waited until I returned to the residence before opening the safe in the limousine. The old man was right because 3 days later, I won 10 million in the lottery. And ever since, I regularly won and became the biggest winner of all time.

“Now, I have come to the end of my life here on earth. So, I wish to respect Mr Bildeberger’s last will and I am going to pass on this secret because you are the last “relative” I have left. In a few days, I probably won’t be around anymore and I would be delighted to know that someone from my family, even though distant, can become a millionaire like me.

“First_Name, I am living proof that Mr Bildeberger’s secret has the power to make you a millionaire. In a few days, you too will be living proof that this secret can make you a millionaire and allow you to live a life of luxury until the end of your days. Of course, you must promise never to speak about this letter or the secret to anyone. It is a promise you must make to your old dying “uncle”. So, it is very serious.

“Furthermore, you should know that I have taken all the necessary measures for you should anything happen to me in the next few days. In a sealed safe, I have given the fabulous revelations of this secret for beating all games of chance to a trustworthy person.

“So, this secret is yours for another few days. If I receive no reply from you within the next few days, the trustworthy person I have put in charge has been ordered to throw the safe into the sea. All these riches will therefore be lost for you.

“What must you do to receive this ultimate fortune secret?

“I have enclosed an official notification to inherit the eternal fortune and money secret with this letter. Complete this form today and mail it today without fail or tomorrow evening at the latest, the postal stamp serving as proof.

“First_Name, in a few days, you could be a millionaire and it all depends on you. Make me a happy man and grant your “uncle’s” last will. Your uncle who is thinking of you and who wishes just one thing: that you will become as rich as me.

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Supposed signature of John Harrison

“John Harrison
“Your “uncle” from California

-PS: As a token of my affection and to express my very sincere desire to give you the same opportunities that Mr Bildeberger gave to me, I enclose a check* for $5,000. I know, it’s not a lot compared to everything you are going to win but I want to do this in memory of my benefactor.

“OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION to inherit John Harrison’s ultimate
fortune and money secret for a possible
“10 million per year!
“Please complete and return to: John Harrison

Red Flag  # 4 Reply and immediate action required today from:


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Red Flag  # 1  Do you find it the least bit unusual that a complete stranger would decide to give you the “secret” that has supposedly made him the world “champion” of lottery winners? Only thing more strange is that he claims to be a relative of yours! Yet the letter was sent with only bulk rate postage! That’s pretty strange, also, don’t you think? Why would anyone use bulk rate for a single letter? Maybe because this SCAM letter was sent to several thousand of Mr. Harrison’s “relatives”? (return to # 1 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 2  “last living family” Do you think he meant to say “last living family” member? I doubt it. That would mean you have no living descendants. It would also mean you could be soon be hearing from a few hundred “relatives”, also. Of course, if you or anyone else in your family has done any valid, reliable genealogical research, you most likely already know that you don't have any “uncle Harrison” in Australia. (return to # 2 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 3  I mentioned some strange things in my first paragraph above. Here’ another one: if Mr. Harrison is so famous, why haven’t you (or I) ever heard about him? He even claims to have been “pestered by the press” for years. This may be the biggest red flag in the letter! (return to # 3 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 4  If you have read about any of the other SCAMs on this site, you will immediately recognize this plea for you to “Act Now”. Sane reason it is seen in practically all SCAMs; if you take time to think about this SCAM, you will probably not be trapped by it! (return to # 4 Red Flag above)

Red Flag  # 5  What?! If Mr. Harrison is so rich why is a check for $39 required? And it will cost you $50, if you want to spread out the fee over two months! Seems more logical to have deducted that from the supposed $5,000 check. Of course, there actually is no check, just a picture of one (see next paragraph).
Fool me once, shame on me,
Fool me twice, shame on you!

Don’t be be fooled five times! (return to # 5 Red Flag above)

It may be that this “uncle” is getting a little senile, he seems to have forgot to include that $5,000 check. He did, however include a picture of what it would look like. Maybe after he gets our reply, he’ll send it to us a real check? I’m sure, it was probably just an oversight on his part. Surely...

Red Flag  # 6  This last red flag concerns all the locations mentioned in the letter. There is a Budapest post mark and a Budapest address on the reply envelope. But Mr. Harrison claims to be from California when he ‘signs’ the letter. However, he also claims to be living in Australia. I suppose with all his winnings, he has/had residences all over the world? Or, perhaps it is just another part of the SCAM to prevent us from determining anything factual about the SCAM and who is running it. I vote for the latter!

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