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I have received a letter from Portugal that I have won

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I have received a letter from Portugal that I have won several million $ and ignorer to receive the money I need to send them $ 900.00 processing fee.

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a Portuguese lawyer about this?

No

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

To contact you

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I want to know if this may be a fraud

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Zoey, JD
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Yes, this is a fraud.

You cannot win a lottery without buying a lottery ticket. Lotteries are funded out of the proceeds of the ticket sales. There is no such thing as a international lottery and it is illegal in the US to buy lottery tickets online.

The only possible way you could win a Portuguese lottery is if you bought your ticket in person from a licensed vendor in Portugal.

Also, when you really wiin a contest, the money is already yours. You do not ever have to pay anything to get your money. Assuming the contest had any transfer expenses whatsoever, it would take the $900 out of what already is your money and would send you the rest with no strings attached.

Don't contact the so-called contest. You're not a winner, but a sure way to become a loser would be to reach out to them and send them $900. It would only be the first of many many payments you would have to pay in order to try to receive winnings that don't really exist.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Zoey, JD,
Thank you for your answer, I will not pursue the letter. I assumed that it was fraud but wanted to make sure.
Thank you. Guenter L. Grothe

It's always wise to make sure.

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