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Lottery/Car Winning Call

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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.

 

Lottery Call Scam in the News Video

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: sytnerhighcustomarecare101@manager.in.th. The scammers use the number (353)873901103.

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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. Always do your research and trust only legitimate sources. If you are really looking to earn money or rewards online or from social media, there is a couple of companies that are trustworthy and can offer you great opportunities:

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There are 126 comments

  • On Saturday, July 25, 2015, Isaac wrote:

    ok i dont know if im ruined, could someone help me. i got one of these calls saying that i won 2.5 million dollars with a 2015 benz... i called another number they gave me with a six digit pin. its not a pin im aware of but they gave it to me to enter after i call the number then they said to call them back. I called the number, put the pin in, and then before calling them i looked the number up online and found this website. i now know its a scam, did i give them my secret number that holds all my information by entering that six digit number?

  • On Sunday, July 19, 2015, Samuel Yin wrote:

    Today{19/07/15} I received a message on my phone which reads; 'by SMSCaster.com:
    CONGRATULATIONS YOUR CELL NO WON YOU 850,000 POUNDS & A SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 IN UK PMC PROMO, TO CLAIM CALL MR BEN ADAMS ON 0208197304 PIN 9966.'
    Please take note of this thief and look for him to face punishment.

  • On Saturday, July 18, 2015, OWIREDU DICKSON APPIAH wrote:

    I received text message by SMSCaster.com from a message body with the Ghanaian code number +233543953849 this morning the 19th day of July,2015 informing me that my phone number has won 850,000 pounds&a Samsumg Galaxy S5 in UK PMC PROMO to the extent of given me a pin code number and a number bearing a Ghanaian name to call. Please infact I am also a Ghanaian and I want to find out if it is true and if true, what steps should I follow.Please besides, I am using two phone chips in my phone so I don't know which has won: 0243007666 or 0207869602.

  • On Monday, July 13, 2015, Kiana wrote:

    I received a phone call from a Bobby Brown, 876 area code. I had won $2.5 million and a 2015 Mercedes Benz. He got me good before I realized it was fake. I didn't have anymore money so he said a sponsor was sending me what I needed. While I was on hold, my so called sponsor and I had a chat. He was under the impression that he was a "lucky winner" as well. We both lost money, we both have children and families. It just hurts my heart that people do this and prey on others trust. It is my fault for picking up the phone. I won't do that again.

  • On Thursday, July 09, 2015, jayakody wrote:

    I got SMS that I have won $9500000 as the first winner of rodeolottery.following has descriptions.please let me know whether it is true or gals..thank you
    TEXAS RODEO LOTTERY
    2015 FIRST AWARD AND SWEEPSTAKES
    12441 COMPAQ CENTER WEST DR.
    HOUSTON, TEXAS - 77070, USA
    E-mail: texsrlotto@gmail.com
    Tell: +156-7206-2463
    +1940-6022-2758 (STRICTLY FOR PRIZE DELIVERY

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