How the scam works:
(with video below) 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, Vanilla Reload, Ukash, 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.
Watch the video below to see in action how the Lottery Car Winning scam works.
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: email@example.com. The scammers use the number (353)873901103.
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.
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I recieved a massage to my mobile phone on 21.01.2015 from "+94714772150" as"SMSCaster.com:TEXAS RODEO LOTTERY::YOU WON $ 650,000 IN OUR 2015 RODIO LOTTERY IN TEXAS-USA TO GET IT SEND UR NAME/ADD/TEL/OCCU/AGE TO: firstname.lastname@example.org". is this true or scam?
My tell No-0714291287
name lucy dangmei
nunggang village (chuangphun baptist church )senapati district) bishnupur
I received a call today on my land line from Bill Bradley at (202) 241-1390. He stated that I won 1.6 million and a 2015 merz in my choice of color. I was told that the car would arrive at 1:30pm tommorrow by fedex. But first, I must express mail today $560 to a Larry Green, 1118 West Sears St., Denison TX 75020 in order to receive the car tommorrow. I won't give him and/or them the liberty of knowing the mistakes that were made since I know a lil something about cars and their titles. Anyways, it doesn't work that way. But here is the funny part, the money was never mentioned again by Mr. Bradley. So I asked, what if I don't want the car? His quick reply was, that I couldn't get the money without the car. WOW! What a stupid scam.
Today Thursday 12 March,2015Daru, Papua New Guinea received on mobile phone message as call from phone no 22478902111 K10,000.00 check from winning a lottery asked how the check to be dispatched at my destination True of Scam
Hi I received a call from a 1-876number yesterday and quickly realized that it was a scam and did hang up...They called back the next day with a different 876 number and a different lottery but still a scam, I got a little angry and told them off and hung up, the guy called me back and was very aggressive swearing at me calling me a F***n B**ch I hung up and did report to police...This is very disturbing to me and wish something could be done.....
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