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Lottery/Car Winning Call

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How the scam works:

Similar to the Free Delivery Gift Scam, victims receive a call from someone saying they've won the big prize in a lottery - to the tune of about $800,000 (could be a famous bank draw such as Bank of America, Dream Lottery, Publishing Clearhouse, etc or a charity lottery). The caller will often try to get you excited and sell you on emotional statements like, "your kids are taken care of now" or "your retirement is well-deserved."

If you don't remember entering, they'll tell you someone else might have put your name in the draw, or that you might have even qualified by shopping at WAL-MART or through Medicaid services. In order to receive the money, you'll have to pay the state/provincial tax, something like 5% of the winnings.

Happy to get almost a million dollars, tons of victims send in the tiny 5% to a PO Box, after receiving a "confirmation" e-mail with the details on how the money should be transferred. Victims are also recommended to send the money via reloadable Green Dot or MoneyPak cards.

This scam often targets the elderly and it's reported hundreds of thousands of dollars are lost every year to this one.

In a different variation of the scam, the 'prize' is a car for which victims have to only pay certain small 'fees' on a Green Dot credit card. These phone calls have been reported to come from Jamaica, from a 876 area code.

The latest similar scam comes as a text message by SMSCaster.com (see pic below) and says: "Your mobile number has won 1000000 EURO and a BMW 5 Series, For claims email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The scammers use the number (353)873901103.

rsz smscaster scam

How to avoid:

You can’t win if you didn't play, so just hang up the phone if you don't remember entering. Beware of these phone calls, especially if the caller has a thick accent. A couple of the phone numbers you should look out for are (876)528.218 and (876)441.0922, both with Jamaican area codes. Just hang up. To avoid falling for MoneyPak scams, you should remember that if you're told you have to pay a fee to collect a cash prize or sweepstakes winnings, you haven't won anything. Never give your MoneyPak number to someone you don't know. Treat your MoneyPak card like cash, as transactions cannot be reversed.

When it comes to text messages, check the content for grammar mistakes. If you take a good look at the picture above you'll see many.

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There are 38 comments

  • On Friday, January 17, 2014, Mary wrote:

    I' m having the same problem. Keep calling me from different numbers, winning different amounts, wanting different fees. They even leave messages cuz I don't answer anymore. How do I get this to stop?

  • On Monday, December 23, 2013, Terry wrote:

    Just received a call from 876-571-5924 telling me I won $1.5 million. Luck me! Too bad I just hung up the phone.

  • On Sunday, December 08, 2013, Dashiel wrote:

    I go by the name Dashiel Florez. i won $1,000,000 in the powerball lottery, I took an advice from some person who talked about this great spell caster called Dr. Soula the person placed a testimonies on a blog saying how dr. soula helped him win the lottery by sending him the winning number i was curious and i thought it was all joke not until i contacted this spell caster to know for myself how this work cause i have spend a lot buying tickets and i never win. I contacted him and he told me the necessary thing that need to be done and i did it and he told me to wait for 3days and truly he gave me the winning numbers to play the lottery which i did, Can you believe my name was the first among winners. He told me (my son all i need you to do for me is make sure that you share this testimonies to others so that they can also win the lottery cause i do not have much time to spell on the internet) so that is why i am sharing this testimony with you that if you want to win the lottery this is the way online tips can not help you drsoula_b@live.com is the only answer to that your problem of winning the lottery

  • On Tuesday, November 05, 2013, John wrote:

    received a call for Michael Pearce at 814-580-0844, telling me my father had won on a second chance lottery drawing for Mega Millions this month.I knew it was a scam right away because my father passed away in June. So how could he have won a second chance lottery in November??

  • On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, Cassie Weisz wrote:

    This guy keeps calling my grandmother about winning and we can't get him to stop.... It is driving her up a wall.... how can we get him to stop.... PLEASE HELP!!

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