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Malaysian Lottery Brochure Fake

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How the scam works:

(with video below exposing fakes) 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.

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

Fake Winning Scratchies Exposed Video

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.

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 849 comments

  • On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Mark wrote:

    I received 2 Scratchies from Top Galaxy Tourism with one winning 2nd prize of USD165.000, so I phoned Harry Khoo who said that it had been sent to me by mistake as I was not a sponsor but they would honour the prize as long as I signed a document saying I wouldn't discuss it with anyone. They also asked for my bank and ID details. Then my Wife also got sent some scratches from the same company and guess what she also won USD165.000.
    Don't worry I didn't fall for it or give them any details. I am tempted to go on Current Affair or something!

  • On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Lizzie wrote:

    ^^ I'm in the same situation have to make a call tomorrow to John Paul limited an speak to Alfred Tan won't have anything nice to say after seeing this thanks for the heads up!!!!

  • On Sunday, April 12, 2015, Melanie Fisher wrote:

    Yes I have just received one from Top Galaxy Tourism, with a winning ticket of $165 000 USD and have spoken with 'Steve' several times who has now asked for my claim number and will no doubt get back to me this afternoon ... let's see what Steve saids. Thanks for the heads up everyone!!!

  • On Thursday, April 09, 2015, Dave Fisher wrote:

    Same deal here peeps just received a letter from top galaxy tourism. Also stamped from Malaysia, first scratchie,was a dud and the second indicated that you have won 1650000 USD. Thanks for the heads up:-)

  • On Thursday, April 09, 2015, Chris Pivac wrote:

    Yes,I received two scratchies from Star Dreams Travel.I was contacted by a Alvin Chee he asked for my client number to claim the 2nd prize of $165,000 USD.I said don't have one,he said he would investigate into it further.He contacted me and said it was sent out to me by accident.Star Dreams Travel is based in Malaysia.Then he asked me to scan and email both sides of the winning ticket to him.He even sent me letter stating That I have to keep confidential as clients wouldn't be happy if they found out a non client was a winner,signed by alvin Chee of stardream travel and Sam Chong of john and paul limited.Here is a copy,
    Dear Sir/Madam, Star Dreams Travel 47E, Jalan Nadchatiram, Taman Tayton View,
    This letter is designed to protect the parties, which in this case John & Paul Limited and Star Dreams Travel, into negotiations with a view to grant a “non-client” status customer the prize money of USD165,000.00. It records the terms on which certain Confidential Information regarding all communications made between xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Subject), Alvin Chee (Representative) and Star Dreams Travel (Company) in this agreement to enable it to carry out and facilitate the claims of the funds from John & Paul Limited. Cheras, 56000, K.L, Malaysia. John & Paul Limited Hing Fat Tower, 9/F 88-90, Hing Fat Street, North Point, Hong Kong.
    Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) _____________________________ Sam Chong Operation Manager John & Paul Limited 08 April, 2015 ________________________________ Alvin Chee Claims & Event Executive Star Dreams Travel
    In this document “Confidential Information” means the information contained Star Dreams Travel in all written reports, studies, analyses, materials and data disclosed by to the subject in relation to all matters concerning Star Dreams Travel 2nd prize of USD165,000.00 “Confidential Information” also includes information regarding any form of communications, written or oral between xxxxxxxxxxxxxx and Alvin Chee that has taken place or are taking place regarding the acquisition of the financial sum of USD165,000.00 upon and any agreements which have been made.
    The Representative and Subject hereby undertake not to disclose to any person, firm or corporation without John & Paul Limited prior written consent of the Confidential Information.
    Any information provided by the Representative and Subject shall be kept private and confidential solely for prize claiming purpose only. John & Paul Limited undertake the responsibility shall never disclose any information or details without the Subject consent.This was then followed up with this email. Good Morning, as on our phone conversation earlier, I will re-explain to
    you about the Letter of Authorization. You have been fully identified as
    the 2nd prize winner by Mr Sam Chong, but before he can authorize his
    accountant to head down to the bank to make this transaction for you, we
    are still lacking of a legal documentation which is the Letter of
    Authorization.

    In Hong Kong, any amount of money exceeding 100,000USD (regardless if its
    a business transaction/profits from investment/lottery winnings) entering
    or leaving the country, we need to obtain the Letter of Authorization
    because the government needs to monitor this transaction. As you know,
    Hong Kong is the world's financial hub, this letter is required to prevent
    money laundering and tax evasion cases from happening.

    A security deposit of a 4.4% is required from the High Court in order to
    bind both of the Legal Sender and the Legal Receiver into the Letter Of
    Authorization. Therefor, 4.4% will be split into two sides, which is a
    2.2% participant for each party. Upon obtaining the letter, there will be
    two(2) transaction going in to you. First, the 165,000USD. Second,
    3,530USD (refund of the deposit). The refund will be a 100 dollar lesser
    deducted for the court's fee and stamping fee for the legal documentation.

    165,000USD x 4.4% = 7,260USD
    7,260USD / 2 parties = 3,630USD

    How the transaction works:

    1) A 3,630USD required for security deposit to the HK Court to get the
    Letter of Authorization issued.

    2) Upon obtaining the Letter Of Authorization, 165,000USD will be
    facilitate to you in 4-6 hours.

    3) Refund of the security will take place. 3,530USD will be refunded back
    to you in 24-48 hours. (100USD deduction for court's stamping duty.)

    4) After all the transaction had been made. A hard copy of the Letter Of
    Authorization will be sent to your postal address. Please keep this
    document safety as this will be proof to your authorities in future, that
    this is all legal money coming in to you instead of Money Laundering, Drug
    trading money ect.

    Normally, for the regular clients, every client have investments with the
    sponsor and Mr Sam Chong can access to their
    investment account that they have with the sponsor and deduct the 2.2%
    from the investment directly. For you case, because we are in a unique
    situation that you are a non-client and you do not have any investment
    with the sponsor, that's why they need you to come out with this deposit
    yourself.

    I will ring you later at 530pm to discuss this with you. Thank You.

    Sincerely,
    Alvin Chee

    I hope this helps other people from not becoming a victom of this SCAM.

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