Lottery scams happen everyday. At LottoGopher, we want our users to be aware of lottery scams. It important to be careful of whom you trust with your money both on and off the internet. Here is what you should be aware of:
One of the many ways scammers trick their victims is to create a false bank web site. The provide a username and password to the victim to log in and see “money” that is not actually there. The scammer will provide a bank account and routing number to the victim and tell them that a large cash deposit must be made for their funds to be released. Once the deposit is made the scammer will withdraw the money and close the bank account. Often times, the scammer will make up an excuse as to why the money was not released and instruct the victim to deposit more funds.
Lottery scam letters and emails are sent out daily by the thousands. The scammers want two things - your money and your identity. Your identity is equally as important or even more so than any money. If an email contains a Trojan horse or spyware the scammer can get your identity as soon as you open the email.
They will say whatever they think you want to hear or will believe. They will pose as lawyers, claims agents, bankers, law enforcement agents, people of high rank in the government, gaming officials, tax collectors, and any title that make them sound trustworthy.Back to top
This information is used to steal your identity. Regardless of you credit scammers will steal your identity by using your personal banking, passport, driver's license, or credit card information. With your identity scammers can get jobs, a driver’s license with your name and their picture and fake birth certificates. They can purchase items in your name and do not pay for them, causing irreparable damage to your credit. Identity Theft is a very serious crime and punishable up to a life sentence.
Legitimate lotteries never ask for money. There are no fees. If you win a lottery the only money you owe is tax. You pay taxes directly to the government and often times are deducted directly from the lottery prize you won. The check is from the Lottery Company and will have the company name and verifiable address printed on it.
Often times scammers are operating outside of the United States. They will base their operation in a hotel room, back room or internet café. Scammers will have several pre-paid cell phones with the victim name and their false identity taped to the back. Scammers can assume 30 or more false identities and titles at a time.
In most instances you will not. If you send money via Western Union or Moneygram the trail is virtually untraceable. If the scammer is arrested and convicted he or she will likely have to pay restitution to their victims, however, if the scammer does not have the money and is sentenced to prison, they will likely have no means to pay the restitution to the victim. Or, restitution may be paid in tiny amounts over the duration of several years.
Anyone can purchase and register a domain name. A domain is merely a rented space on the Internet. No background check is made to determine the legitimacy of the person or business purchasing the domain. Lottery winning notifications often refer to web sites that are supposed banks, security companies, courier services or online sweepstakes websites. The websites appear to be real but are 100% fraudulent.
KSBW8 reports on Greenfield, CA man scammed when he paid $2,300 to cover taxes to receive his prize.
Joe Dupont issues a warning about a fraudulent check he received from winning a false lottery.
CBS13 report on fraudulent lottery checks will be sent if you pay for customs “clearance”.
Expertrealestatetips.net reports on fraudulent email stating had won foreign lottery.Back to top