Scam operators in countries around the world target random e-mail accounts with messages telling recipients they've won a lottery prize. These scammers are on the hunt for one of two things - cash and/or personal information. They will ask for "upfront processing fees" or access to your bank account so funds can be wired - agreeing to either of these contingencies is a recipe for disaster, and the number of people who have lost huge sums of money to these scams continues to grow.
Before you respond to ANY e-mail or letter about a foreign lottery win, ask yourself this question:
How can I win a lottery or sweepstakes if I've never bought a ticket?
Then check out this website with information from the federal government about lottery scams.