Scams in Ireland: How to Recognize scams, con men, fake Irish Lottery emails and more

Scams and Frauds in the Ireland - How to Recognize Them and What To Do If You Receive One

You may receive a certified check for CASH!
One Lump sum! Tax free! Your odds to WIN are 1-6."

"Hundreds win every week using our secret system!
You can win as much as you want!"

Sound great? It's a fraud.

Scam operators - often based in the Netherlands, Canada and Nigeria- are using the telephone and direct mail to entice Irish (and other global) consumers to buy chances in high-stakes foreign lotteries from as far away as Australia and America.

Lotteries are a special target of the scammers. There is only one legal national lottery in Ireland, the Irish National Lottery. "The Irish Lottery" is a separate, private lottery, which is also the subject of many scams. See this page for more information about Irish Lottery scams and real examples of scam emails.

How to recognise a scam is it too good to be true?

A scam is when people con you out of your cash. There are hundreds of types of scams fake lotteries and prize draws, incredible schemes to make money quickly, fake investment plans, work from home schemes the list goes on and on.

Download UK leaflet How to recognise a scam (pdf 411 kb)
Download UK poster (pdf 220 kb)

The people who run these scams are clever and sophisticated and they know how to persuade us to part with our cash.

Most scams have some things in common check out this list and help yourself to be on guard against scammers

Examples of Irish Lottery Scam Emails:

See these pages for actual scam emails received. All are very similar, so we've identified them by some of the names and locations they claim to be from:

  1. Maureen Fred (Mrs)., Braint Clark, Mr. Dustin Menny,  PEGASUS COURIER SERVICES
  2. Online Winners of The Irish National Lottery programme, Deborah Clark, David Adams
  3. "The Irish National Lottery, Dr. Mark Robert
  4. The Irish National Lottery - Meg Stone (Mrs.), Mr Bill Karl
  5. The Irish Lottery, from "Vivian Ray" and "Mr. McConell Simpson"
  6. From "Dr Bebhinn Morgan" in CROYDON, DUBLIN with "Congratulations once more, and keep trusting"
  7. YAHOO AWARDS & WINDOWS LIVE - "Dr. (Mrs.) Edith Barth", "Agent Mac Dowlling for your YAHOO/WINDOWS2007/2008/AWARD"
  9. From Dr. Bebhinn Morgan or Dr Babhinn Morgan in DOREST, DUBLIN. (we guess he moved.. and can't spell his own name!)
  10. From "Tony Brown" at "The Irish Lottery" with a "Reverend Clerk Phillips" as the "Online Coordinator", in Sligo, Ireland
  11. From "Mr. Larry White" and "Sir.Cooker Johnson" in Dublin 1, Ireland
  12. From "Sir Alan Clarkson" and "Mrs. Leila Green"
  13. The Irish National Lottery, EURO MILLIONS PROMO/PRIZE DEPARTMENT, Dr. Mark Meara
  14. The Irish National Lottery - MRS. GLORIA TESLA, Sir. kolyn parkins
  15. The Irish National Lottery - "online Sweepstakes International program" - Dolly Richards(Mrs), MR ANDREW SPENCER


How scam artists succeed they will:

  • catch you unawares, contacting you, without you asking them to, by phone, email, post or sometimes in person
  • sound pleasant, well spoken and kind (on the phone or at your door) and want you to think they're your friend
  • have slick, professional leaflets and letters
  • be persistent and persuasive
  • rush you into making a decision
  • ask you to send money before you receive their tempting offer or win.

New scams from Ireland and overseas appear every day so it's important to know how to spot them.


They offer you something for nothing such as:

  • you've won a prize in a draw or a lottery (even though you haven't entered one)
  • an exclusive entry to a scheme that's a surefire way to make money
  • a way to earn easy money by helping them get untold millions out of their country
  • the chance to join an investment scheme that will make you huge amounts of money; and so on.

There are hundreds of examples but we can all protect ourselves by being skeptical. Is it likely that someone you don't know, who has contacted you out of the blue, will give you something for nothing?


They'll ask you to:

  • send money up front − an administration fee or tax, the list is endless but its always a ruse to get you to give them money
  • give them your bank details or other personal details
  • ring a premium rate number (all UK premium rate numbers start with 090)
  • buy something to get your prize.

They will lie to you and give you what seem to be good reasons why you should do what they say. They will answer all your objections.

Don't send any money or give any personal details to anyone until you've checked them out and talked to a professional or family and friends.
If they ask you to do any of these things they're trying to cover their tracks and get your money and it's likely to be a scam.

Other things to look out for

  •  they ask you to send money straight away
  • they give you a PO box number as their address
  • they ask you not to tell anyone about the deal.

Use the links on the right to find out about some of the most common scams, and how to report any scams you come across.

Detailed Information About the Real Irish Lottery

Irish Lotto on your Desktop:
Download this application and get Lotto Draw Results straight to your desktop

Beneficiary Fund Fact Sheet:
National Lottery Funded Schemes - Where the Money Goes, Where to Apply (PDF size 124kb)

Irish Lottery Winners Advice Booklet:
Opportunities, advice and common mistakes to be aware of should you win the Lottery (PDF size 485kb)

Guide from the legitimate Irish Lottery About How to Play:
How to Play the Irish Lotto
How to Play Lotto Plus
How to Play Lotto 54321
How to Play TellyBingo
How to Play EuroMillions

Irish Lottery Rules:
General Rules
Lotto Plus
Lotto 54321

Detailed Information About Particular Scams

Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery 

Click here for the huge list of the names of the currently identified lottery scams companies


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