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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.

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  • On Wednesday, April 01, 2015, Mrs White wrote:

    There is a scam out there from Star Dreams Travel based in Malaysia arriving in the post and has arrived in New Zealand. Two scratchies are attached to a very convincing looking brochure, in good english as well. One scratchie is a dud and the is a winning ticket, second prize of $165,000 USD. If you phone them they will ask for your phone number to ring you back and confirm the winning ticket. then they will ask for you to scan and email both sides of the winning ticket to them, this results in them getting your email address too. They do not answer your questions and speak very fast to put you off. they do not explain how you will get your winnings, acting shocked and deny when you state them as a scam, saying they have many happy customers.... mmm oh yes then why does Google not have your website listed. watch out this is a scam!

  • On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, felicity wrote:

    www.stardream.com is a scam. It has the same 11th anniversary complimentary scratch cards format as the Lotus Life Travel 10th anniversary complimentary scratch cards. The brochure is professionally done and it comes personally addressed and stamped from Malaysia. Avoid!!!!!

  • On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, Gary Anderson wrote:

    Just recieved a THUMBSUP HOLIDAY package with 2 scratchies for their 11th Aniversary. 2nd prize for $165000 US. Contact followed but instaged by me mailing them. Spelling in the reply mail was not correct, no letter heads etc and then a phone call from a private No. Never got to a point where I found out what they needed from me to claim the prize.

  • On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Karyn wrote:

    Snow Mountain Paradise - I "won" USD175,000 and all looks great - even the website and ligit sponsors...but thanks to this site - I am not going to "claim" my prize. Getting New Zealand now. Had an envelope and stamps all from Malaysia...

  • 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.

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