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Malaysian Lottery Brochure Fake

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How the scam works:

(with video below exposing fakes) 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.

Watch the video below to see over 25 exposed fake brochure pages with winning prizes - did you received one of them?

Fake Winning Scratchies Exposed Video

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.

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 Tuesday, August 04, 2015, Blue !!! wrote:

    I received a scratchie from October Spirit Holiday. So I thought I'd play the game for awhile & the guy by the name of Gordon Boo (claims department) was the only one I was dealing with. He kept mentioning his sponsor, which was Foster & Bunny Holdings or FB Holdings. I ended up talking to Gordons Manager In Charge: Mr Edwin Chen, who said that their company had a meeting about my unique situation, which was, how did I get a winning ticket when I wasn't even a client of theirs? They said that the scratchies should've only been sent to their clients but they will honour the winning prize to me (after I sent them copies of the ticket, envelope, Malaysian stamps & brochure) but they wanted me to keep a low profile of my winnings because if their clients found out, then there would be an uproar and the sponsor would have to pull the winning prize off the table & forfeit the winnings. As in some of the above comments, in order for me to claim my prize I would have to pay half of the Government Taxes & FB Holdings would pay the other half, which amounted to the sum of $7260, divided by 2 makes $3630??? The taxes had to be paid because of the amount that was going to be transferred into my bank account. When I told them I wasn't prepared to send money somewhere I didn't know & not be gauranteed any money back, they said that they will get a lawyer to draw up the legal papers to show it was legitimate, and I also suggested that FB Holdings take my half $3630 out of my winnings, to which they said that they have to transfer $165,000 no more, no less. So after playing this game with them for a couple of days, I just ended up saying to Gordon Boo, go tell your sponsor he can have the winnings because I've had enough playing stupid games. GOODBYE !!! This all ended today 8:30 pm Tuesday 4th August 2015. New Zealand time. It is now 9:07 pm

  • On Monday, August 03, 2015, Ben Tidea wrote:

    Wow! I just won 2ND PRIZE OF $US165,000 too!!! YAAAAYYYY!!!!

    I can't wait to ... hang on a sec, what do you mean there are another million or so OTHER winners of the two second prizes?

    Yeah, well I smelt a rat when I read the terrible Engrish on the ticket. I won't spell it out here, cos I don't want to assist those scammers in polishing their scam! Needless to say, I just googled "Classic Thunder Travel fraud" - and found YOU dudes here!

    Thanks a million ($USD) for your help!
    ... and any advice on how to spend my not yet ill-gotten gains?! ;)

  • On Friday, July 31, 2015, Coral wrote:

    Sam you are so right. I got one in the mail today and I live in New Zealand. Funny thing is you don't even get excited these days when you receive these prizes as you know they're bogus. The first thing I do is jump on line to see other feedback regarding the scam. I hope people don't fall for this type of scam. i must admit the quality of the material is certainly a lot more impressive these days. It does worry me a bit how they acquired our names and addresses though.

  • On Friday, July 31, 2015, ROB wrote:

    THEY DONT ANSWER THE PHONE. CRAP!

  • On Friday, July 31, 2015, SANDY FULLERTON wrote:

    YUP US TOO HERE IN VICTORIA, US$165,000 FROM CLASSIC THUNDER TRAVEL. COMPLETE WITH MALAYSIAN STAMPED ENVELOPE. GOOD OLD BRIAN ONG, GEE HAS HE BEEN BUSY!!! EVERY SO OFTEN YOU FEEL SAD AT HOW CYNICAL YOU HAVE BECOME, THEN THIS STUFF COMES ALONG AND YOU REALISE HOW JUSTIFIED YOU ARE. BUT MAYBE THE FEW MOMENTS OF FANTASIZING WAS WORTH THE ANGST. AMAZING WHAT YOU WOULD ACTUALLY BE DOING WITH YOURSELF IF YOU HAD A FEW MORE BUCKS.

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