Take Special Note:
The examples below, while promoting the fact that you have won a lottery, are sent predominantly by email and represent a consumer targeted version of the Nigerian Advance Fee Fraud
which usually targets businesses and religious organizations.
The Nigerian scammers running this operation find that collectively seeking an average victim loss of about $1500 from individuals is easier and quicker than the average $10,000 they regularly take from businessmen who are offered a percentage of millions of dollars for their assistance in transferring funds overseas.
The various sweepstakes lottery names such as El Gordo Netherlands, Oy Keikkaus Netherlands, Algemene Loterij, Werken Bij Delotto and the Star Johannesburg all use roughly the same address, presumably either a mail drop or fictitious, of Burdenstraat 21B which they suggest exists in both Amsterdam and Rotterdam as well as in South Africa.
The names of some reputable and valid lotteries have been misused by the scammers.