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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 742 comments

  • On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Peter wrote:

    Our ticket said USD175,000 2nd prize and Alex from Asia Star Holiday added the twist that they were opening a branch here in Wellington NZ in December & he would present the cheque personally....
    Fortunately I asked our travel agent about the lottery & he put us on to this site..
    As the saying goes: if it seems too good to be true it USUALLY IS...

  • On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, James White wrote:

    Brochure from Asia Star Holiday, address No.78A, Jalan 7/90, Tmn Shamelin Perkasa, Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur, ph +60149174305, +60149174306, email info@asiastarholiday.com, web www.asiastarholiday.com
    Also containing two scratch and win cards, one yielded a 2nd prize of USD 175,000.00 and "If you win any of the prizes please contact us at +60149174305/+60149174306 for further assistance". I telephoned the first number and spoke to Jeff BOO (spelt out to the informant over the phone).
    Conversation as such:
    He wanted to know how I got the tickets and I told him they came in the mail. Then he wanted confirmation of the tickets, to send a photograph of both sides of the ticket, which I did. He checked it all out and then he said, really I shouldn't have got them because they were supposed to be for their clients. He also asked me, have I flown with their airline or anything like that. He was trying to understand how they got my address. He said I shouldn't have really got it and it was for their clients but after a meeting they have decided to honour it. He wants me to phone him today or he will phone me for confirmation of my identity, ie Driver Licence.

  • On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, zarin barber wrote:

    christopher chong and wilson lin are very convincing. if only they put as much effort into a legitimate line of work. you have to get out of bed pretty early to fool me!(thanks to this website)

  • On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, H wrote:

    Tropika Star Vacation 12th Anniversary Scratch and Win. Very impressive brochure, two tickets, one was a 3rd prize $140,000. Their brochure says the company began in 2003, so they would now be 11 years old, not 12. I have discovered that their website is actually less than two months old, registered from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, and that the server location is in Cypress, Houston, Texas. In their brochure, the MD claims that "Tropika Star Vacations has become the leading provider of travel and tourism services in South East Asia Region". You would therefore expect that Tourism Asia would have heard of them.

  • On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Barnes wrote:

    My father won 2nd prize of 175,000 from Farland Tours in the mail today. Unfortunately he passed away nearly 7 years ago so we knew this was a scam. Hope these guys are caught as my elderly mother would have given them info without realising it. Thanks to this site.

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