Max Wieldruk wins the lotto

But what is wrong with the address of the lotto company???

(Dr. Max, who was actually born and raised in The Hague, knows this city like the back of his hand...)


Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 07:51:25 -0800

From: "amandabrook" <>

Subject: Winning Information!



Ref No:EL/03/357856256/NL


Europe lotto BV ( has just concluded final draws from it's periodical promotional program.An exclusive of thousands of individual and corporate bodies were picked by automated random computer search from the internet.No tickets were sold. Your email address emerged as one of three winners in the 1st ategory.Only email addresses were soughted,from a total number of 25,000 addresses drawn from all over the globe. After an automated computer ballot of our Europe Promotions Program, only THREE winners emerged in this category and therefore each are to receive payouts of ?8,000,000,00 from the total of ?24,000,000.00 (TWENTY FOUR MILLION EUROS).

However,every email address selected was accompanied by a reference and ticket number,after the cyber lotto selection,the below ticket and reference numbers emereged as one of the lucky winners in the above category.


Reference number for your prize is:EL/03/357856256/NL,Ticket number:EL252/03/78.For confirmation of the claim of your prize money,you are to send an email to our customer service representative with informations below for further instructions on how you can claim your prize:

Chris Lingard

Customer Service Representative

Europe Lotto BV Netherlands

The code number for Europe Lotto BV:EL25278NL

You may be required to provide any of the above information during the process of collecting your prize. We congratulate you once again and it is our hope that you participate in any of our Europe programs in the nearest future.

Thank you.


Amanda Brooks,

Promotions Manager


Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2004 21:05:02 +0100 (BST)

From: "Max Wieldruk"

Subject: Thank you!


Dear Mr. Chris Lingard,

Thank you so much for the wonderful prize I've won! 8 million euros! The reference number for my prize is: EL/03/357856256/NL,Ticketnumber:EL252/03/78. Now I happen to live in the Netherlands, even in The Hague! I would be quite happy to come to your office at Lange Voorhout 102 to talk to you how to collect my prize. Please let me know if that will suit you!

Thanks again for this wonderful news,

Dr. Max Wieldruk

Lange Jammer 23

2575 TX Den Haag

Telefoon 070 xxx xxxx

[Rest assured: this address 'Lange Jammer' is not real. It may sound familiar to those who have read the Dutch novel 'Bartje' , this being the address of the poorhouse. The address of the Lottery is real, but is actually the US embassy in The Hague!]

From: "Chris Lingard" <>

To: maxwieldruk

Subject: Claims Procedure

Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 00:15:15 -0700


Ref No:EL/03/357856256/NL

Attention: Max Wieldruk (maxwieldruk@

We have received your reference and ticket number below from the promotions department and have been informed that you have been notified by our promotions department that you are one of the lucky winners in1st Category.

Reference number for your prize is:EL/03/357856256/NL, Ticket number:EL252/03/78.

For the process of your prize money claim,we have employed the service of an lnternational Trust Firm,they are to handle the transfer of your cash prize of 8,000,000.00 euros in line with our procedures and upon your directions.Your prize has been insured to its full value with your email address and will be transferred to you under their professional service.Be informed that their service have not been paid for as your prize money have been insured to it's principle value and as such cannot be deducted from,thus the payment of their professional charges is fully and completely your responsiblity.

To immediately initiate the processing of your prize claim ,please contact our 1st Category financial handlers EQUITORIAL TRUST AND FINANCE BV,below are the contact information of their Chief financial director:








Be advised to keep all lotto informations away from the general public especially your reference and ticket number,couple with the Europelotto bv code number,all this informations are below,this is because a case of double claim will not be entertained.You are equally required to provide Prize reference number-EL/03/357856256/NL and winning ticket number-EL252/03/78 for confirmation. In your best interest(s), you must initiate contact within two weeks of receipt of this correspondence.Equitorial Trust And Finance BV are to handle all matters with regards to claiming of your prize money. You are also advised to send a copy of this email,to your claims agent Mr Allsport Hulton, when contacting him. Remember EuropeLotto BV code no: EL25278NL

Reference number for your prize is:EL/03/357856256/NL,

Ticket number:EL252/03/78.

You may be required to provide any of the above information during the process of collecting your prize. We congratulate you once again.

Chris Lingard

Customer Service Representative,

EuropeLotto BV.

Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 20:28:03 +0100 (BST)

From: "Max Wieldruk"

Subject: Re: Claims Procedure

To: "Chris Lingard" <>,

Dear Mr Chris Lingard,

What on earth is this lottery of yours? As soon as I received your mail I drove off to the Wilheimstraat in Rotterdam, which, after all, is only 25 kilometres away. I asked for the street where Equitorial Trust And Finance BV was to be found. Now there is a Wilgenstraat in Rotterdam, and a Meester Willemstraat and several others, but I could not find this company in any of these streets there. So I asked a policeman, and a taxi driver: none of them had ever heard of the Wilheimstraat in Rotterdam. Then I asked a postman (well, they are supposed to know the way) and he pointed out that not only did he not know of any Wilheimstraat, but that the post code belonged to a street in Amsterdam, which was not even called Wilheimstraat, but Sinaasappelstraat!!! I thought someone had played a nasty trick on me.

Let me tell you I was very disappointed to say the least, so I decided to drive off to your headquarters in my home town The Hague. I parked my car at the Lange Voorhout, walked to no. 102… This turned out to be the address of the US embassy in the Netherlands! The guard at the door told me that dozens of people had been asking for Europe Lotto BV. I was invited inside, had a friendly talk with one of the staff members of the embassy, and I gave them copies of your emails. He told me that your Europelotto BV was nothing but a scam. He also assured me that the long arm of US law would get at you before long.

Well, and serve you right, I should think. What a sick joke this is to play on anyone. It's a good thing I live in The Hague and that I found out what you were really up to. I'm pretty sure I would have paid your 'professional charge' to receive nothing in return!…

Dr. Max Wieldruk

Lange Jammer 23

2575 TX Den Haag

Telefoon 070 xxx xx xx

Update, 3 May: the 'main office' of the scammers has moved to Stadhouderskade 102, Amsterdam. This, however, is the address of the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel! Somehow Dr. Max has the feeling that the Marriot Group will hear about this before long...