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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. Is 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 671 comments

  • On Monday, July 21, 2014, bill abrams wrote:

    Groupasiaparadise out of Hong Kong had almost had me hooked with their phone skills and 50,000 brochures mailed. This should be put in newspapers around NZ to alert gullible Kiwis
    Bill Abrams

  • On Monday, July 21, 2014, Rob wrote:

    Received my Gardens Paradise winning ticket today 2nd prize 175000 USD. Andrew Khoo was the guy I spoke to. He even sounds like he is in the travel industry. Had me almost convinced there for a while . There must be some way to scam the scammer

  • On Sunday, July 20, 2014, Rex Harrison wrote:

    Yeah, it's in New Zealand. You have to give them full marks for a very well designed bit of social engineering. When you telephone them, even their response sounds genuine. But as the old saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Needless to say I won't be paying any tax, or sending anything else for that matter.

  • On Saturday, July 19, 2014, Jim wrote:

    I received the same letter and scratchie tickets. Just wondering if anyone has any ideas about how they got our address? They used our residential address rather than postal address. Same as our passports show, so a little concerned despite not entertaining the scam.

  • On Saturday, July 19, 2014, lara wrote:

    Reading the terms and conditions saying 'prize winners may be obliged to submit taxes or any other mandatory charges' I knew it was a scam!

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