OMG, I Won the Euromillones Spanish Lottery! (SCAM)

I’ve Hit the Jackpot

I’m announcing my retirement – it’s only $715,950 but I think I can stretch that and bum around for a decade. Okay, I’m kidding. The other day I got a piece of mail (direct mail, NOT email) that came from Spain (I’m not sure, but definitely somewhere in Europe). There’s no return address and I thought… that’s weird, I don’t know anyone in Europe.

Forged Letter With Fake Graphics

Euromillones Scam
(click to view larger version)

I open it up and there’s this watermarked letter complete with crappy header logos and an even crappier graphic in the bottom right that’s supposed to be some kind of authentic security seal. These graphics are blurry and just scream fake and unprofessional. So this letter goes on to describe how my name was submitted to an international lottery in Spain through a cross-promotion with some American company and that I won $715,950. They claim that it’s now placed at a security company and I have to call them so they can transfer it to my bank. I’m guessing the first thing they’ll ask for is some money to deposit or some type of transaction fee.

This letter has so many things on it that should set off warning alarms for people but I’m sure people fall for this, just like those Nigerian email scams. I didn’t think they did this with direct mail though. I’m surprised because this cost them “50p” from what I see on the stamp, while sending emails is basically free. If these fraudsters are willing to spend money, it means their endeavors are profitable and people are indeed getting scammed.

Obviously when I get a foreign letter telling me I won a lottery I didn’t participate in, my first reaction is skepticism. I thought “okay, whatever” and the first thing I did was hop on Google and search for “euromillones” and quickly confirmed this is a scam. Apparently they used to do this with email as well (or maybe they still are).

Here’s another page about these fraudulent scams on the official Euromillones website: Scam Letters & Emails

Watch Out For Scams Like This

I’ve added (SCAM) to the post title just to make it really clear. This post was originally meant to be sarcastic but people who’ve received the same letter are finding this post online when looking for info. So just to confirm, the Euromillones letter is a SCAM.

Bottom line is if you actually won the lottery they would not just mail you a plain letter like this to notify you. It would most likely be a phone call or at least a certified letter requiring signature. And they would never ask you for personal financial information or any kind of up front deposit to claim your winnings. Plus, how many lotteries have you played where you had to give out personal information like your home address?

As good as it might sound, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is – money doesn’t just drop out of the sky onto your lap like this.

157 Comments

  1. Steve

    Same thing happened to me, won 825,000 pound. Very poor graphics they used in letter. Ref number: 951/004/844/ and batch number 503890017.

    Address: c/o Intercontinental Security Company
    4-7 Oxford street, East London
    W1C2HP, United Kingdom

    Contact: Anthony Stan (+44-203-318-4882 or fax: +44-207-504-8132).

    E-mail: intercontinentalsco@representative.com

    Letter from: Eric Loudon

  2. rowena

    yes, they are still at it. friend let me read her letter dated april 11, 2011 i came onto this site to read bout the letter BIG SCAM!!!!

  3. Caroline

    Yahayy I’m a winner too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    What a bunch of sad people there are in the world today to waste peoples time on such a poorly executed scam!
    they are obviously thinking it works ( and there must be people falling for it) as it seems to have been going on for quite a while – you would think they could afford better paper to send it on by now though!

  4. Chas

    This has been going for 4 years, and I’ve only just got my letter.

  5. sandy

    First comment that I read about this scam was in 2007.I recieved my letter October of 2012.HOW DO THEY KEEP ON GETTING AWAY WITH THIS?

  6. dave

    Got my third letter today [25/01/13] by now according to them I am worth about £2,000,000 they must think i am mad, but some poor unsuspecting people might fall for it why does the spanish authorities allow this to go on?

  7. Grant

    FYI, still at it. Paperwork is still rubbish. After four years someone shopuld be able to stop this. Thanks for the site.
    22/03/13

Leave a Comment