Latest Lottery News Brings Relief to Victim of Stolen Ticket Case

Whenever a lottery player realizes they have won the jackpot, he or she always finds a safe place to hide to secret the ticket before they can claim their prize. In the latest lottery news this week however one poor winner nearly lost his ticket to an unscrupulous staff member at his local store.

Robert Miles of Syracuse, New York bought a scratch-off ticket in his local convenience store in October 2006. He realized he had won money and recognized the sum was a life-changing $5 million. Shop assistant Andy Ashkar, son of the store’s owners, managed to persuade Miles that he had in fact only won $5000 and offered to buy it off him for $4000.

American Convenience Store at Night

Strangely the latest lottery news shows that Ashkar waited five years to claim the winnings. In March 2012 he finally turned up at the lottery office and offered to take a lesser amount in return for anonymity.

The lottery authorities smelt a rat and issued a news release to see if anyone else claimed the ticket. Robert Miles contacted the police, who then approached the lottery company on behalf of Miles.

During a long trial, a colleague of Robert Miles, Ramon Rosario, testified that he had been with Miles outside the store when they scratched off the two cards they had bought and that Mile shad become excited when he realized he had won the jackpot. Miles then returned alone into the store. The situation was further complicated by the fact that Miles and Rosario had been using drugs that day.

Ashkar was finally sentenced in July this year to a minimum of eight and a third years with a possible maximum of 25 years for the fraud. Unfortunately Robert Miles’ troubles were not yet over as it was only on the 23 August that the latest lottery news reported that a judge finally decided he was entitled to the winnings.

Miles told the court, “For 6 years I suffered, my family suffered, because I was taken advantage of.”

Ashkar took advantage of the rule that says stores can only pay out up to $600 in winnings and any higher amount has to claimed directly from the lottery administrators.

It is not clear what Robert Miles will do with his winnings but no doubt the latest lottery news will report his intentions. I should imagine he is just relieved that his ordeal is over.

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The War on the Scammers Email Continues


Nearly everyone online has received a scammers email at one time or another. Indeed, many of us regularly receive a scammers email encouraging us to send money or provide personal details in exchange for lottery winnings.

Of course, we should never respond to such correspondence as there are never any winnings to be received and the senders of the emails are only after our money or information.

Nonetheless, criminals are making huge amounts of money from these frauds, with a particular problem being criminals from Jamaica targeting vulnerable victims in the USA.

Man Relaxing With Laptop On Outside Terrace

to snuff out the sources of this heart-breaking crime but, as the rewards are so enormous and the criminal influence so deep-seated, rooting out the perpetrators is taking a great deal of time.

All areas of the US are affected by the scammers email and a recent article in the Kennebec Journal sets out the problems and latest progress from the perspective of the state of Maine. It is estimated that Americans are losing around $300 million a year to these frauds with individuals losing up to $85,000 or more a time. Sadly, as victims are often unwilling to admit their mistake, the total losses could be even greater.

Of course a scammers email or letter can be received by anyone around the world: the Canadian government’s anti-fraud centre, for example, received 2815 complaints in 2012 regarding Jamaican sourced lottery scams.

Please, if you receive such a scammers email, do not reply. You might consider reporting it to your local police but you should then certainly delete it.

Do not become a victim of these heartless criminals.

Two Taxi Drivers Save Elderly Lady From Scammers Email


Black and White Image of Cab Driver Leaning Against His Car

As discussed in previous articles, lottery scams are still very common. The criminals who operate the fraud are very clever and persuasive: often they form a relationship over a long period of time, which convinces their victims they are genuine.

Sadly what seems to be a genuine lottery win is often simply a criminal, or group of criminals, trying to get money from their victim, either directly or via their personal details.

Hopefully more and more people are beginning to understand the problem and are turning away when approached in this way. Too many times however, vulnerable victims are being caught and are losing huge amounts of money.

A particularly galling aspect of this crime is the victims are often too embarrassed to admit they have been duped or, even worse, they do not believe well-meaning people who advise them to pull away from the influence fraudsters hold over their victims.

Wink News in Florida, USA recently reported on two taxi drivers who acted when a regular customer looked like she was falling for the persuasive story of one of these criminals.

Jackson Jackreese is a driver with a local cab firm and became concerned when an elderly passenger told him she had won a global international lottery and had to send a stranger a money order of thousands of dollars. The taxi driver acted quickly and told of his worries to the police and bank staff who were able to stop the issuing of the money.

Such was the influence of the fraudsters however that the lady became annoyed with Mr. Jackreese’s actions and stopped using his company. She started using another taxi firm but did not expect what happened next.

Once again the victim took a taxi to her bank to issue a money order to the scammers. Her driver this time, Tony Strong, also picked up on what was happening and told bank officials who once again put a hold on the money. He also reported the whole affair to the local place fraud unit.

We can only hope the lady concerned has understood the situation and will not send any money.

Read the whole story on the website.

Please treat any unsolicited claim of lottery winnings with suspicion and do nothing but report the correspondence to your local police.

Hard Economic Times Mean Fraud Is On The Increase


Young Man Sat At A Table With His Head In His Hands

We all dream of winning money on the British National Lottery or on the Euromillions prize draw and some unscrupulous operators play on this by sending out emails, texts, and letters or calling us on the telephone telling us we have won money. Unfortunately all they want is our personal details or for us to send them money.

A recent report from the British Citizens Advice Bureau shows that the harder economic times are persuading more and more people to send out scam correspondence in the hope of getting some easy money. Sadly, their schemes work all too often, causing embarrassment, financial hardship and stress to their victims.

A study from the Office of Fair Trading quoted in the CAB report tell us that lottery scams cost the British public £260 million each year with around 140,000 victims suffering. Separate data shows a further £60 million is raised from another 380,000 victims over other scams defined as prize draw or sweepstake fraud.

We have to be vigilant to ensure these scammers do not manage to get the better of us. The reality is if it seems too good to be true then it probably is – walk away.

Remember a scammer’s email will always look very inviting.

The frauds will not only offer you a supposed British National Lottery or European prize draw jackpot, they take many forms. Read the CAB report to find out more and how to stay away from these scams.

Lottery Latest News: Beware Lottery Fraud


Lottery Fraud Message On Smartphone

For some time now we at have been warning of the large number of scams purporting to be from lottery administrators announcing that the recipient has won a large prize. Scammers email, phone, text or mail to say that the money can be made available if the victim either provides their personal details or sends an amount of money as an ‘administration fee’ (or some other plausible reason).

The KDSK programme, 5 On Your Side, described such scams in the St. Louis, Missouri area on their website, Scammers are to be found operating from a wide variety of countries, including Canada and Nigeria, but the threat to Americans seems to be largely from Jamaica, for some reason (read our article on the Jamaican fraudsters).

The sad truth is that many innocent people are losing their life savings to these people, who are netting millions of pounds or dollars every year. Police forces in the originating countries are moving in to crack down on this crime but the industry is still booming nonetheless.

The only real way to combat this dreadful crime is to educate potential victims so they do not respond to such approaches.

No matter where the source of the scammers email (or whatever media they use), the rules are always the same:

1. To be in a lottery, you must have first bought a ticket or joined a syndicate. No lottery will operate without participants buying tickets; if you have not paid for your entry, you are not going to win a prize.

2. Lottery administrators NEVER send you any sort of notification of your winning a prize. It is always up to you to claim your prize by approaching them.

3. Never, ever provide personal details or send money to anyone who approaches you unexpectedly. A scammers email or letter can look very official and texts and telephone calls can be very persuasive but do not respond.

Do not even click on links within the email as they can download viruses or other malware to your computer. Equally, do not press any button on your phone if prompted by a telephone caller or message: in such a situation you may well be passed through to a premium rate number, for which you will pay.

4. If any other evidence is needed, a scammers email or letter will use strange language that indicates that English is not the user’s first language. If anything rings alarm bells, go with your gut feeling and back away.

5. The best response is to do nothing at all. Delete the fraudsters email, destroy the letter, put down the telephone, or delete the text. You cannot be caught out if you refuse to play along. Your local police force might be interested however so you might consider taking the letter, copy of the email, the text or details of the telephone call to them.

The old adage ‘if it seems to good to be true, it probably is not true’ is very appropriate.

Please do not encourage these criminals.

To find out more about UK lottery draw scams, visit the National Lottery website. The ActionFraud website is also useful.

Latest Lottery News: Authorities Cracking Down On Jamaican Lottery Scams

It is quite common for anyone online to receive a scammers email purporting to be from a global international lottery claiming the recipient has won a top prize. Of course, as previously explained on this site, if you have not already joined a lottery, you are not going to win anything. Nonetheless millions of pounds or dollars are being conned out of innocent people every year.

The country of Nigeria has always been considered to be the usual source of a scammers email although Canada has also been discovered as the origin of such scams. In recent years however a new country has started to produce such emails, letters or telephone calls: Jamaica.

Under pressure from the American government, the Jamaican authorities have begun a crackdown on the scammers and their findings are not far short of astonishing.

The Jamaican Observer newspaper reports that those who send a scammers email are racking in millions of dollars every week. They earn so much money that they simply waste it away in ridiculous ways such as washing cars in champagne. Almost anyone can earn in excess of US$120,000 using a mobile phone and a list of leads freely available from large corporations. Such lists provide personal details the victims would be horrified to know are being shared.

The scams grew massively five years ago after a Government crackdown on the drugs trade. One scammer was reported to have earned in excess of $800 million but was murdered in a row over the money. There seems little doubt that the lottery scams finance serious crime.

During the year 2010, it is estimated that scammers raised US$30 million from victims in the state of Minnesota alone. One lady in Florida sent $400,000 to a Jamaican criminal.

As so much money is involved, it should come as no surprise that government officials are implicated. In July two were arrested as part of the investigation – one was the mayor of Montego Bay, where many of the call centres are located. Fortunately this indicates that action is being taken against those who send the scammers email or make illicit telephone calls. Even so, the Jamaican Labour Party has criticised the Government for not doing enough to eradicate the problem.

The Opposition leader, Andrew Holness condemned a rise in killings linked to the crime and the lack of action on the part of the Government in implementing anti-crime legislation.

All this activity in Jamaica just goes to prove that we must all stay vigilant against any scammers email or telephone call. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is not true.

Please do not fall victim to a scammers email, letter or telephone call

Global Lotteries: The Thieves Keep Up The Pressure

In my time reviewing the European lotteryBritish National Lottery and other global lotteries, I have received quite a few enquiries regarding lottery scams online. Over the last month I too have received a great many fraudulent emails, some of them regarding supposed lotteries.

Below are three examples of those I have received in case they help people who are unsure how legitimate they are. The answer is: they are scams.

Received 20 June 2012:

We are please to announce to you that your email address emerged along
side 4 others as a category winner in this year’s weekly Publishers
Clearing House PCH lotto.
You have won One million dollars and have been approved for a total pay
out of One million us dollars
($1,000,000.00 USD)

The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order

winning numbers :7-1-4-8-7 -3 email ticket

number: FL 654/29/75

Contact claims officer with the Contact info below

Mr. Todd Sloan


Winners must send their

1.Name in full:






7.Phone number:

8.Present Country:

This information is to process the immediate payment of your winning prize.
Best Regards,

Mr. Danial carpenter

Publishers Clearing

Received from:


Received 21 June 2012:

21 June 2012

– Hello Dear,
This is Allen and Violet Large i and my wife are the winner of Atlantic
Lottery this year 2012,and from our winning funds of 7 Million Pounds
Sterling’s we have a donation of 1.5 Million Pounds Sterling’s to support
churches, fire departments, cemeteries and the Red Cross. And after you have done this good job please feel
free to reimburse yourself with 40% of the funds.

I want to let you know that we have checked through your country chambers of
commerce and we found out that you are a good person and can handle the job
for it purpose. You will have to contact my Pastor,Mr. Lawrence Raymond Larson to
release the 1.5 Million Pounds Sterling’s to you on his e-mail address only
below with the following details,

1 Full name…………
2 Full residential…
3 Occupation ……
4 phone number:…….
5 Country…………
6 Age………..
7 Sex.,……….
8 Phone number….
9 Country……

Name: Pastor Lawrence Raymond Larson
E-Mail Address:

Mr.& Mrs. Large

Received from:

Received 21 June 2012:


Dear Winner,

We are pleased to inform you of the result of the just concluded annual final draws held today by Pepsi
Bottling Company in conjunction with the British Online Lottery, which won you the sum of 250,000 pounds.

Your e-mail address registered to ticket number: 56475600545 188 with Serial number 5368/02 won you the

sum of 250,000 pounds in a BANK CERTIFIED CHECK, credited to file: BOL/9023118308/03

Email addresses where randomly selected by a ballot system picked from a large mass of email addresses from

Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Hi5, Match and other well known social networks and email providers.

However, no tickets were sold but all email addresses were assigned to different ticket numbers for representation

and privacy.

For Claims, Contact:


Dr. Carter Savage

Phone: +44 704 574 2548


Provide him with your full names, contact information, ticket number and Serial number.

Accept my hearty Congratulations!

Your Faithfully
Mrs Steffan .K. Lloyds

Received from:

None of these are from legitimate global lotteries and are only after either your money or your personal details (identity theft).

To reiterate what we have said on this site before, you have to buy a ticket to be in a lottery. You will already know you are playing. Also no lottery administrator contacts a winner direct it is up to winners to contact them and show the winning ticket.

Certainly no lottery company would ever want money in advance or any personal details.

In general terms, if it seems too good to be true, it isn’t true.

Other resources you might find useful are listed below:

Global Lotteries: Lottery Fraud And How To Avoid It

Is it me or have the number of lottery scam emails increased recently? It is not enough for us here at to report on the British National Lottery, the European lottery and other global lotteries, we also have advised several people regarding the many lottery scams there are around.

In the last few weeks we have ourselves received an amazing number of fraudulent emails regarding not only lottery scams but also other attempts to extract money from us. But, as this is a lottery website, let’s look at the lottery emails.

Firstly, can we reiterate the rules for avoiding lottery scams:

1. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. You never get something for nothing – particularly where money is concerned.

2. In lotteries, you will never, ever win anything unless you buy a ticket or join a syndicate. If you have not joined one of the many global lotteries you are not in it.

3. No lottery administrator will ever contact you if you have won. If you do think you have a winning lottery number you will have to contact the lottery company yourself.

4. At no time will any lottery administrator ask for your personal details or ask you to send money to them before releasing the prize. There is no exception to this.

The scammers are after your personal details (identity theft) or your money. Send either to them and you will start a nightmare you want to avoid at all costs.

If you do receive a fraudulent email, letter or telephone call you may want to refer it to your local law enforcement organization, government consumer department or one of the online fraud agencies (see some useful links below) but please DO NOT respond to the fraudsters.

Delete the email, burn the letter or put the telephone down.

These fraudsters are making millions from their victims. Please let’s shut them down.

Here are some example emails I have collected from kind correspondents:

Licensed & Registered
2 Monck Street, London OvSW1P 2BQ
Tel: +44 (0) 701-112-8490

This is to publicize the result of online liberated
gaming promo endowment apprehended in UK, March 2012.
Based on random assortment implementation from Millions
of e-mail Addresses World-Wide, your email address was
selected. Hence, the UK National lottery Incorporated©,
has approved you to collect the sum of £950,000.00 GBP.

Grant file: 60009878623: REF: NEA/020-09092012.

Contact our associated solicitor below for information to
disburse your prize of £950,000.00 GBP to you due to
condition of claim by winners resident outside of United Kingdom.


Michael Bakker Co & Law-Firm.
Esq. Michael Bakker (Appointed Payment Attorney)
TEL:+44 (0) 7700012683


Josef Huber
Fiduciary Agent

And a second, longer one:

UK National Lottery P O Box 1010 Liverpool, L70 1NL UNITED KINGDOM

(Customer Services)WINNING PARAMETERSRef Number: UK/9580X2/45Batch Number: 062/01/ZY469IDENTIFICATION NUMBER:{CPEL/OWN/9876}.

Congratulations Lucky Winner,According to the notification that you received. The notification mail sent to you is to inform you that you emerged as our lucky winner.and this explains how you became a winner, The online cyber lotto draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 21,000 e-mail addresses of individual and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer search from the internet, no tickets were sold. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of two winners in the category \\A\\

You are therefore been approved to claim the sum of a31,000,000,00 (One Million, Great Britain Pound Sterlings Only).Also, we do sincerely hope you will put part of your winnings into good use for community, educational and business development and also to render selfless services to the less privileged in your community. This office is in receipt of the information you provided for the processing of your lottery winnings of One Million, Great Britain Pound Sterlings (a31,000,000,00)  which was also forwarded to us from the ONLINE COORDINATOR OF THE UK NATIONAL LOTTERY INC , your lottery funds of the sum of One Million, Great Britain Pound Sterlings (a31,000,000,00)  have been processed. I have forwarded your details, your file and original certificate to our associated COURIER COMPANY (SCARLET COURIER COMPANY) for verification and payment.  Now you are required to contact the SCARLET COURIER COMPANY yourself by writing an application for the release of your winnings to you.

The application should be presented to them in the below format and sent by email.CONTACT SCARLET COURIER COMPANY FOR YOUR WINNING PRIZE:Courier Name: Scarlet Courier Limited.Contact Person: Mr. Richard PetersonE-mail:- : +447017425121 Fax: +448447743319Note that you are to provide the Scarlet Courier Company with the required details below to officially identify you:1) Winner’s Full Names:2) Present Full Address:3) Telephone Number:4) Country\city :5) Occupation :6) Raffle Draw Winning Email:7) Amount Won:  Winning Reference Number:9) Winning Batch Number:10) Winning Transfer Identification code: ELPC/MWT/014311) Winning Certificate Number: UK/9876125

Having applied to the Courier, you are required to keep me updated of every correspondence and of progress with the Courier as soon as you are in contact with them because it is my responsibility, as your fiduciary agent, to ensure that you get paid and on time too. Again, it is important that you keep all your winning particulars and numbers personal and confidential until your prize money has been paid to you.  This is a security measure to avoid double claiming or/and impersonation.

Contact the Courier as soon as possible to avoid delays to your payment.  Should you have any difficulties whatsoever, do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr. Pinkett Griffin.Uk National Lottery Claims Agent.

And finally a simple one received here the other day:

Your mail id has won 1,000, 000.00 Pounds in the Uk Draw send:


Adolf Korczyk

These links may well be useful:

Previous articles on lottery fraud.

The British National Lottery and fraud.

The UK’s official  ActionFraud website.

FraudAid’s website.

Global Lotteries: More Lottery Scams Appear

We all want to find the best lotteries to play and identify the global lotteries that will make our dreams come true.

Sadly too many people are still the victim of lottery scams that prey on our wish to win it big.

The Brooklyn Eagle newspaper recently warned residents in their area of the United States that a new lottery scam was operating in the vicinity. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reports that cheques are being received by potential victims together with a covering letter.

This letter is from a company calling itself either Guaranty Trust Inc., New York or Golden Gateway Financial, Division of Unclaimed Funds from Las Vegas or London.

The cheque is fake and the signature forged. The letter tells the recipients they have won a prize in the ‘American Lottery Sweepstakes Millions’ and that they should send money to claim the full prize.

Of course the money disappears and no prize is forthcoming.

At the same time, Bayshore Broadcasting in Canada reports a lady received an email telling her she had won a $5.5 million lottery in Australia.

Regrettably she replied to the email. A person pretending to be a doctor then persuaded her to send a $2500 ‘administration fee.’ Once she had sent that, the victim was then asked to send another $2850 as a ‘currency conversion fee.’

Needless to say, the lady has seen no winnings or even her money back.

If you receive any notice that you have won a lottery you did not pay to enter then ignore it. Never, ever, respond to any such communication. You will either lose money or personal information.

As Thomas DiNapoli explains, “An offer of easy money is usually too good to be true.”

One way to avoid the scams is to play lotteries online or visit your local shop to play one of the global lotteries.

Read more on lottery scams here.

Global Lotteries: The Microsoft Lottery Scam

With the development of mass communication there has been a growth in the number of frauds and scams available – many involve supposed lottery wins and not all involve legitimate lotteries such as the UK lottery draw or the European lottery.

There are indeed many global lotteries in which you can win but I have been sent details of a scam involving a fictitious lottery run by Microsoft (thank you, Nelson).

An email is sent out claiming the recipient has won a substantial sum of money in the ‘Microsoft Lottery.’

The winner is then requested to send either personal details (perhaps bank details) or a sum of money as an ‘administration fee’ or similar.

Clearly the fraudsters want either to steal the recipient’s personal details/identity or simply relieve them of money. In some instances victims have supplied the requested details or funds and are then contacted several times in succession with further requests. It would seem that, once a victim has been identified, the criminals see them as an easy target and try to get more.

There is no Microsoft lottery of course and in any case you will never be in a lottery you did not know about. You have to pay money to join a lottery or lottery syndicate in advance. Also none of the legitimate global lotteries will contact winners direct – if you think your ticket has won you a prize, it is up to you to claim the money.

Microsoft themselves issue this advice on their website: “Microsoft customers are often targets of a scam that uses email messages to falsely promise money. There is no Microsoft lottery. Delete the message. If you have lost money to this scam report it. You can also send the police report to Microsoft and we will use it to help law enforcement catch the criminals who send out these email messages.”

The best general advice is to ignore any emails, letters or telephone calls that are both unexpected and seem too good to be true – even if it seems to be from one of the legitimate global lotteries.

If there is any doubt you can always Google the name of the lottery, look to see if any scams are already reported and check the official website of whichever of the global lotteries is concerned.

Never part with money or details to someone you do not know.

I have been given details of the contacts on one such ‘Microsoft’ email and these might help identify future frauds. Avoid anything using these, even if it apparently comes from one of the global lotteries.

The details on the email were:

 Mr. Terry Martins-

Promotion Director: Mrs. Catherine Douglas.