I got my first Spanish Lottery scam letter on Friday. It is from the ‘Spanish Sweepstake Lottery S.A’. I knew it was a Spanish Lottery scam even before I opened the envelope. I’m including images of both letters and the envelopes. There are largable images for both the letters that you can see by clicking on the thumbnails.
It is hard to understand how people can be fooled by these letters, but they clearly get a large enough response otherwise they wouldn’t be sending them.
Here are some clues that this is not genuine…
- I did not enter the Spanish Lottery. You don’t win lotteries if you don’t enter.
- It is clearly a cheap ink jet printout rather than being on proper business headed paper.
- The letter does is not personally addressed to me.
- The deadline for claiming the money expires in a few weeks.
- The photo uses a British National Lottery image which is nothing to do with the Spanish Lottery.
- The number given is a Spanish mobile number. Spain’s dialling code is +34. The first number after this is a 6 which is a Spanish mobile number.
- The letter says that you need to pay a charge to claim the prize (what kind of crazy lottery makes you pay to claim your prize?).
- The English language on the letter is poorly translated. I’m sure the real elGordo Spanish Lottery could get a correct English translation.
- The letter says that the ‘win’ should be kept top secret.
The scammers have however taken a bit of effort to make it seem more authentic.
- The letter was posted from within Spain and has a Spanish postmark.
- The letter is really signed rather than having a printed signature. I can even see an impression on the letter where ‘Pedro’ has signed another ‘winning’ letter. Pedro Camacho is a composer from Portugal by the way.
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