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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Just received a message saying Congrate U have won N750,000.00 In The Lacasera ongoing Prom0 Code no La20. Contact Mrs Rose Musa on 08168152790 For Claims. Alas its all a scam
I just received a call from Jamaica stating that I won a gift card from Wal-Mart, a Toshiba lap top,and 250,000 in cash. The man claimed his name was "Mark BrowN" with a capital N.Then he wanted my bank info, and when I told him no, then he hung up. He got me early in the morning.
i also received a message similar to the one above from smscaster and thought to check their site first. jeez what a scam
New scam, they represent themselves to be with PCH/Mega Millions. They gave me this number 609-318-5611 and press opt. 1 to find out what my prize amount was..it says $350,000.00. It gives an option to speak to a customer services rep..who you can't reach because there is no such individual. In 2 days I have received well over 20 calls from 5 individuals. That I need to send 450.00 from a Western Union through WalMart and there would be 2 State Troopers and their delivery guy. So, I decided to mess with them asked questions, which they couldn't verify. Changed their stories..even had a call from a guy claiming to be an FBI agent...LOL. I told them they weren't going to scam me...don't let them scam you either!
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