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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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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 0205082813 PIN 5533
The call came to my cellphone because I had forwarded the calls. I answered it because the number came up as my home phone. I answered it but I said I can't talk I can't hear, He said he would call again. When I got home the phone rang and it was, unknown name and unknown number. So I picked it up and he said that I won 2&1/2 Million $'s and a Mercedes Benz. I said why did your name show as unknown He said they have to make so many calls. I let him talk because I know I didn't play any lottery. Then he said they would be here in a little while. He had my name, my address and phone number, He said you don't sound very happy winning, I said I have heard of so many scams and he hung up.
I got this!
SMSCASTER.COM: CONGRATULATIONS YOUR CELL PHONE NO WON YOU 850,000 POUNDS & A SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 IN UK PMC PROMO. TO CLAIM CALL MR BEN ADAMS ON 0208494001 PIN 8899
i also received a message on sunday 9th august 2015, ruby otoo . The message was SMS caster.comm: congratulation your cell no won you 850, 000 pounds and a samsung galaxy S5 in uk pmc promo, to claim call mr ben adams on 0208494001 pin8899. Plss what should i do, he asked me if i wanted it in cheque or it should be transferred into my account.
I also received the same message as Samuel yin. should I report to the police
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