How the scam works:
(with video below) Victims receive a call from someone saying they've won the big prize in a lottery - to the tune of about $800,000. It could be a prize from a popular company draw such as Bank of America, Dream Lottery, Publishers Clearing House, or even 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 say 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.
Watch the video below to see how the Lottery Car Winning scam works:
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, tonnes 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.
In a different variation of the scam, the 'prize' is a car for which victims have only to pay certain small 'fees' on a Green Dot credit card. These phone calls have been reported to come from Jamaica, from an 876 area code.
The latest similar scam comes as a text message by SMSCaster.com 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 the Lottery Call scam:
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. Companies such as Publishers Cleaning House already made clear that many scammers fraudulently associate themselves with PCH so advise consumers to be careful when receiving these kind of calls or messages.
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.
How to report the Lottery Call scam:
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|4. Enable Facebook Dislike Button Scam|
|5. Credit Card Investigation Scam|
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