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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.

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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 59 comments

  • On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, damon wrote:

    i was contacted by these bums an i am glad i googel the lottery they claim it was from when i could not find it i knew it was a scam also i never played a lotto at allnow i know it is a scam i am so glad i never gave any info i do not even bank or shop online now i never will

  • On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, munshi atheroddin wrote:

    Hi i am munshi ather my mb no. I+917276350155 s win 3crore
    35lakhs rupees from chevrolet car on 8september2014 message give me a information or call me please i have submitted this no.8882197247
    My mb no.,name and sex,age ,occupation ,and address ,state
    Then inform me please

  • On Monday, September 08, 2014, munshi ather wrote:

    Hi my name is munshi ather my mobile no.is win3cror 35lakhs from CHEVROLET CAR COMPANY UK THEN GIVE ME A INFORMATION ME I Have submitted my name,mobile no.,age ,sex occupation and address for this no. Send 8882197247 my no. Is +917276350155 give me a information please

  • On Sunday, September 07, 2014, Jennifer Terry wrote:

    Is there anyway we could locate these bastards and cut off their genitals? I have received two variations of the same scam within a two week period and my phone number is on the national no call list. The first call was about a government grant I never applied for, and the second call was from Megamillions. I detected bullshit right away because unlike some people I know you don't just get grant money from the government for paying your taxes, and Megamillions does not randomly call people that don't pay. My problem is that at some point, some poor sap, probably an elderly person on a fixed income, will be milked out of their monthly check by these assholes. They have to be stopped. We spend more time incarcerating people on minor drug offenses when those resources should be put to much better use by finding these bastards and excising their genitals with a dull, serrated utility knife. At least, that's the type of justice I would personally like to see meted out to these inconsiderate bastards.

  • On Tuesday, August 26, 2014, Nithi wrote:

    I get the msg from Chevrolet that my mobile number has won 3crore 35lakhs and Chevrolet captiva car is this true tell me

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