If it is too good to be true, buyer beware.
I just received a letter in my home mail box from the International Lottery Commission based in Madrid, Spain informing me that I won 815,810.00 euros in the La Primitiva Lottery Promotions Program.
To claim my prize, I am to contact the foreign service manager Mr. Tony Alfred of Azur Seguros S.A for the processing and remittance of my prize money.
Included in the letter was another page that asks for your name and address, phone and e-mail, and bank information including your bank’s name, address, telephone number, fax number, and your account number.
In addition you are warned not to go public notice to quote “avoid double claiming or unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals.”
The letter also goes on to say that 10 per cent of your winnings belong to Azur Seguros S.A as part of their commission for acting on your behalf. The claim agent will direct you further on the administrative requirement to enable the bank to release your funds.
This is the pitch I received in a condensed form.
It goes without question that if I contacted the agent there would be a requirement to send them 81,581.00 euros (their commission) before they would release the funds.