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Malaysian Lottery Brochure Fake

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How the scam works:

(with video below exposing fake scratchies) In the last few months, a well-designed travel brochure has been hitting millions of homes. It has started in Australia a few years ago and now is in full blast all over the world.

The publication contains lottery scratch tickets offering complimentary lottery prizes to celebrate a new investment opportunity. The scratch tickets reveal a prize of $175,000. Since the winning is published in a nice and glossy magazine, several people really believe they hit the jackpot!

The winners are informed there is a $7,000 government tax to pay before the proceeds can be released and the travel company will pay half. The recipient just has to send the other half by wire transfer, to Malaysia or Hong Kong.

The publishers of the brochure require the winners to provide a copy of their passport for authentication, along with bank account details. As you can imagine, the "winners" of $130,000 are waiting in vain to get their money after that, as there is no prize.

Watch the video below to see over 25 exposed fake brochure pages with winning prizes - see if you received one of them:

Fake Winning Scratchies Exposed Video

How to avoid:

Ignore the fact that is a well-designed travel brochure. It’s not a real deal. Scammers can make everything nowadays look official, especially with the advancement of technology. Above and below you have real pictures of these fake brochures. As you can see they have similar design, sign that behind the scam are the same people. There are more pictures in the video.

There are 835 comments

  • On Wednesday, February 04, 2015, Marion L wrote:

    Yes, we have received two of these holiday scratchie scams over the past 6 months by post. As soon as I scratched off the 'winning' one I was immediately suspicious. I read right through the whole brochure and was very surprised that there were no spelling or grammar mistakes. The old saying is so true: If it seems too good to be true is usually is!!
    Thanks for this site.

  • On Tuesday, February 03, 2015, Roberto Markham wrote:

    There is only one reason these scammers can survive and that is GREED. The greed of the average person usually outweighs what little sense they may have. Any unsolicited email of any type claiming to offer cash in return for either personal information or money up front has got to be a scam and when I receive one, as I often do, I hit the "delete" button right away. Even the act of "bouncing" the email will let the scammer know that it is a genuine email address thus giving the opportunity of sending more spam to one.

  • On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Jen H wrote:

    I had exactly the same - Brochure and scratchies from Rich City Tourism and Christopher Chong was the one that rang me. I had tickets addressed to a previous tenant of my house and thought I would check if I could claim. I then had to speak to William Tan at Nicholas & Evon Limited which seem to have a legit website but now I know it's not. I was supposed to pay the $3,500 US to get the money and went so far as to give my bank account details but just googled scams by pure accident and found this site! Thank God I did not send them the money, I was applying for a credit increase on my card when I found this site. So disappointed but thought it was too good to be true!

  • On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, Stephine Anderson wrote:

    Very convincing indeed! We had just been holidaying in Malaysia and so the scammers must have got our address from the hotel we were stayed at. I thought the 'Hearts holiday' group must have been associated with the hotel. Thanks to a Google search and this fine website we didn't get to the send $3500 stage of the scam. They certainly were very good actors on the phone, which unfortunately means they have had lots of practice! Awesome job you are doing at scam-detector.com.

  • On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, leanne alberts wrote:

    Got one today "Green Planet Holiday" I won $175,000 .... yeah right. Must be Queensland's turn. SCAM.

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