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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 569 comments

  • On Tuesday, April 08, 2014, Karen wrote:

    Yep, we received the envelope with the brochure and the scratchies too. As with everyone else we got one that said thank you and one that told us we had won US$175,000. Rang to see how far they would go. Asked them if there were any taxes to be paid on this. Was assured only from our own government after we had received it. Promised to ring back after half an hour but, as expected when it had been made clear to them that we wouldn't pay any "taxes". never did. What a surprise! Their website was a nice detail that could pull some people in. Don't get spammed by these criminals.

  • On Monday, April 07, 2014, Anonymous wrote:

    Yup! We got one too. Sent to South Australia. From Sporty Travels, won USD 175,000. They even have a working website. These guys are getting bloody sneaky!

  • On Saturday, April 05, 2014, Mick wrote:

    Received my USD175,000 2nd prize scratchy in the mail and thought, what's the scam here? After visiting the Legion Holidays website and their "sponsors" I figure they will just want me to pay them some "taxes" or "charges" so I can receive my prize. Must have too much time on my hands. Normally I wouldn't even bother going that far.

  • On Thursday, April 03, 2014, Michelle Barry wrote:

    I received a brochure and 2 tickets today from Legion Holidays, one ticket stated I won USD $175,000!! I immediately thought it was a scam and googled the name of the supposed 10 year old company which did not come up unless you put www.legionholidays.com so I searched some more and found your website! I am in Australia.

  • On Wednesday, April 02, 2014, Bryan wrote:

    Yes received scratches, I asked Jacob if I had to pay tax he said no!
    However he wanted my Date of birth for the free tickets to Malaysia to receive the prize.
    I checked postcode on ticket & couldn't find a match, my iphone map & google map couldn't find address although the nearest was a large empty property.

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