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Malaysian Lottery Brochure Fake

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How the scam works:

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 $170,000. 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.

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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 below.

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There are 748 comments

  • On Wednesday, October 01, 2014, Nos so Gullible - Melbourne wrote:

    1.10.14- yep- got a letter with postmark of Malaysia and seeing as I have never been there or know anyone from there was immediately suspicious. Googled the web address and couldn't find the site, bit more searching and came to this one re scams. Shame on the dupers. Not for a minute did I even believe that I had won the USD $175,000 they claimed. Hope people are wising up and not being so gullible as to supply personal details.

  • On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, mrs bee wrote:

    I got the brochure in the mail today .... also won $175000.00 Since there was no identification of any sort on the envelope and a foreign address on the tickets,I immediately became suspicious. Sure enough ... a little googling showed up that it was indeed a scam. BIG HOAX!
    If you read the terms and conditions, it states that 'prize winners may be obliged to submit taxes or any other mandatory charges as result of the award'. So there you have it ... it's an award - not a prize. LOL

    They won't be getting any of my hard earned cash!

  • On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, John wrote:

    Mercury Tourism is the latest version of this scam.
    I tried various checks and visited the websites, even the address in Hong kong appeared genuine. I asked my Solicitor for his advice, but it came back just a few hours too late. I have filed a complaint to the Malaysian Tourism Agency (a genuine govt. organisation), also with the NZ Fraud section in Auckland. So I hope it saves someone else from losiong their money. John

  • On Monday, September 29, 2014, Jot wrote:

    I got a winning ticket of $175000 from grand coast holidays Malaysia which was a scam. I did scan the ticket Nd sent him back. But then I realised it was a scam.

    Email was sent to was Edison.tay@grandcoastholidays.com

  • On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Geoff Williams wrote:

    Hi,

    I just received a similar scratch and win offer from Imperial Paradise 10th Anniversary and guess what -- I won 2nd prize, USD 175000! The brochure is very glossy and even has gold lettering. They also have a basic website.
    But I was suspicious because there are so many scams on offer at present, and I googled Imperial Paradise 10 anniv scratch etc and came up with the scam detector site.

    Thanks for the heads-up, but really I would prefer the $175K.
    Geoff, September 2014

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