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This is absolutely a scam. International lotteries are illegal in the United States, so any notice you receive regarding lottery winnings in a foreign country would not be legitimate. The most telling thing, though, is that no real lottery would EVER ask you to send a dime to get your winnings. In a real lottery, your fees and taxes would simply be deducted from the massive sum of money you have already won. As soon as you are told you need to send money in order to get money like this, you can be assured you are dealing with a scam situation.
In the next days or weeks, be on the look out for similar "too good to be true" loan solicitations, "sweepstakes" winnings, and similar windfall type offers. These will be further scams perpetrated by the same individual contacting you now under a different guise. Scammers love to double back on potential victims like this with "followup scams" in the hope that, though they couldn't trick you the first time, they will trick you the next.
In the mean time, you would be wise to immediately cease further contact with this scammer and report the matter to the local police and FBI field office. You can locate your local FBI field office here.
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