I got this question today from a reader, which I will print verbatim here:
how do i know if 'the electronic mail lottery award notification i have received on email is valid and not fake
This person most certainly found my blog through a Google search.
So, for the benefit of other searchers, let me make a few facts of life clear:
1. Electronic lottery notifications are always fakes
2. Offers to pay you lots of money for working at home are worthy of trashing. In some cases, you’re going to become a mule.
3. Offers to help get a bunch of money out of some Nigerian country are similarly frauds.
4. Offers to help in some kind of import/export deal are frauds.
5. Anything that promises money for little or no work is a lie. The only people who make huge profits for little or no work are criminals, politicians, oil company and pharmaceutical executives. If you’re stupid enough to believe otherwise, you deserve to be bilked by a scammer.