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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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  • On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, bette covell wrote:

    I received a call two days in a row. Yesterday the man said I had won $650,000 and to meet him at Walmart to get my money. I just hung up Today they called back, sounded like the same man saying I had won $one million. Just hung up again, not wanting to hear any more of the lies.

  • On Tuesday, June 23, 2015, manjunath wrote:

    Samsung Financial Empowerment Fortune Program ®2014
    Samsung Electronics (Uk) Ltd
    Samsung House 1000 Hillswood Drive
    Chertsey Surrey KT16 0PS,United Kingdom
    Mr.George Morrison
    Tell : 00448719965254

    Payment Number: NK249NAA
    Verification Number: NM-00222-674PF
    Country: India
    Date: 16th February 2015



    We are in receipt of your e-mail and wish to thank you for your co-operation, I wish to inform you that my duties include representing your interest and guiding you through claiming your winning cash prize. We want to clarify you here that after a good scrutiny of your provided mail, we are glad to inform you that you are one of the winners of The Uk Samsung Company Empowerment Program sponsored by the Samsung Company Inc

    The Uk Samsung Company Empowerment Program has been on for more than a decade now and we have changed the lives of many since then. Your life is about to be changed as you are one of the lucky Winners of our Annual Samsung financial empowerment program sponsored yearly bonus promotional, Your winning cash prize of 500,000.00 GBP (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND GREAT BRITISH POUNDS), will be paid to you soon as you meet with the requirements.

    I wish to inform you that all authorities involved have certified payment of your Mobile Draws Claims amount to 500,000.00 GBP (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND GREAT BRITISH POUNDS), which is prize money from Samsung financial empowerment program Mobile Draws, which was drawn through a computer random system of all the Mobile users worldwide. Be informed that instruments of payment for the sum of 500,000.00 GBP (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND GREAT BRITISH POUNDS) to you is already in our possession and shall be processed upon meeting the requirements stated below. You can now begin the final step of the claims process, which is the transferring of your cash prize to you. With regards to this, there are two options open to you, you are required to select the more convenient of the two.
    You are advised to complete the below form and send with the fund release Application Letter to me to start the process of release your winning fund to you.
    The options, together with their associated conditions are presented below:

    {Option 1:} Your prize money will be wired to your bank account via an automated Direct Wire Transfer System operated by nominated Payment center. Hence you would be required to send us your Bank information, i.e..

    Full name...
    Mobile Number...
    State Of Origin..
    Marital Status...
    Bank name...
    Bank account number...
    Bank branch, Swift/iban codes
    Id proof....

    {Option 2:} Courier of your winning Cash to you via DHL Courier Company, which is our assigned courier company. Please note that your cash will be delivery to you in your nominated address, The Courier Company would bring the cash to your postal/home address nominated by you and as written below (please you are allowed to correct or amend your contact information in your next mail) You will be required to send your international passport, driver’s license or ID card to me via email attachment as it will be used for a proper identification of you during delivery of your winning cash to you by the DHL Courier Company through our delivery agent.

    Full name...
    Mobile Number...
    State Of Origin..
    Marital Status...
    Id proof
    I expect an email or call from you immediately fill the Application form Letter and making a selection from the two options above.
    Congratulations and have a wonderful week.

    I wish you on behalf of all members and staff of UK SAMSUNG ELECTRONICES CO.LTD congratulate you as you expect your wining prize and i hope you spend your money wisely and to the betterment of your community and wish you the best of luck as you spend your good fortune thank you for being part of our commemorative 40Th years Anniversary Draws.

    Past winners around the world full of excitement
    Best Regards,
    Yours faithfully,
    Mr.George Morrison
    Tell : 00448719965254
    Samsung Electronics (Uk) Ltd.

  • On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, akhtar shah wrote:

    I have receive a msg that you are win 575000pkr and your pin no 31403 if you have any information plz send me

  • On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, thembi wrote:

    This people are simply only nigerians

  • On Wednesday, June 03, 2015, Garry B. wrote:

    I am getting calls from mega millions stating that I won 4.5 mililon dollars plus $68,000 cash plus a new mercedes benz. They then request me to send $195 to Jason Brown.Jamaica. The list keeps going on. No body can help!

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