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.
 

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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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Two Taxi Drivers Save Elderly Lady From Scammers Email

 
 

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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 WinkNews.com 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

 
 

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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

 
 

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For some time now we at UKLotteryDraw.com 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, KDSK.com. 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 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- ballotdraw.board@msn.com

Promotion Director: Mrs. Catherine Douglas.

Play Lotteries Online: Facebook Lottery Scam

Once again evidence showing why you can only rely on lottery tickets purchased in shops, or why it is good to play lotteries online, has shown itself. This time it involves a scam supposedly sourced from Facebook (it had to happen).

The American Better Business Bureau report bogus emails arriving in victim’s inboxes supposedly from Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook. The emails claim the recipient is the winner of $1 million in the Facebook 2011 Sweepstakes.

Curiously the email goes on to claim the prize will be released from the Facebook office in England and victims are asked to click on a link. As so often happens there is a paragraph requesting complete confidentiality: this of course ensures the recipient does not discuss the email with anybody else and so discover it is a fraud.

Of course the email is not from Facebook at all but from some shadowy scammer somewhere in the world.

As usual there are several clues to prove the email is bogus. Firstly in this case the office is “in England.” Why this would be case in a legitimate lottery is unclear but certainly anyone from or familiar with the country would be more likely to describe it as ‘Britain’ or the ‘United Kingdom’ than just ‘England.’ Equally, as has been said so often, no lottery organizer will send an unexpected message to say someone has won their lottery – you will know already that you have bought a ticket or that you already play lotteries online. The emails always contain bad spelling or grammar or other mistakes, such as the reference to ‘England’ already mentioned.

Such scams are simply out to part you either from your details (and therefore your identity) or your money (in the form of some ‘administrative fee’ or similar).

If you do get such an email you can report it to the authorities closest to you and/or delete it. Never get involved in any way.

See more about these fraudulent emails at the Better Business Bureau website.

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Global Lotteries: Watch For The Scams

Yet another new lottery fraud has surfaced in the town of Austintown, Ohio and has been reported on the WKBN.com website.

At first this one appears to be exciting and not a scam at all. A lady in Austintown received a cheque for $1985 in the post, supposedly from a body calling itself the ‘Global Lotto Commission.’

The letter with the cheque claims she has won part of a $125 000 lottery jackpot. The next step was for her to call a number given in the letter to speak to a specific individual. Fortunately the lady concerned was smart enough not to call the number but instead to report the letter.

Of course there is no such organization as the Global Lotto Commission; indeed the name is well known as a scam cover and has been used before.

But surely in this case, the lady could have just cashed the cheque and profited that way? Sadly if she rang the number provided she would be told to send a portion of the money via Western Union to cover administration charges. The cheque she received will certainly prove to be invalid and she would have sent her own money to the scammers.

The British National Lottery administrators, Camelot, and other lottery bodies are aware of how common these scams are becoming and are keen to educate people on what to look for and not give money or information to the scammers.

After all, that is what these people are after: your money or your identity.

The British National Lottery website provides some useful information relevant to anyone and to any of the many global lotteries.

The first rules should be well known but bear repeating. No lottery organization will contact you to tell you of a winning lottery ticket; you have to claim your winnings from them and show your winning ticket.

You will already know you are in a lottery, as you will have purchased a ticket or joined a syndicate. In other words, you will have already parted with money to play the lottery in advance. Now you can play lotteries online but you still purchase tickets before the draw.

The British National Lottery and other lottery administrators will never tell you how much you have won in an email and certainly would never ask for your personal details or money. Why would they?

The scammers are getting more sophisticated however. Emails may include an embedded link which will take you to an official looking website. Not surprisingly you will be asked to enter your details on this site or perhaps download software.

This of course is phishing and will give the scammer details that can be used to access your accounts or even make purchases in your name.

Never follow a link in such an email. If you think the email might be genuine (unlikely) and you want to check, find the proper official website yourself through Google. If the results bring up a different website to the one in the email then you are being scammed.

Obviously the different global lotteries have different websites but the one for the British National Lottery can be found at National-Lottery.co.uk.

The bottom line is if you receive an email, letter or telephone call telling you of a prize from a lottery you have not entered, delete the email, destroy the letter or put the telephone down. You may want to report it to the appropriate authorities first but never act on the information you are given.

These scammers have made too much money from their victims. Let’s shut off their sources.

 

Play Lotteries Online: A New Lottery Scam In Florida

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A new twist on lottery scams has been reported by a local website in Florida in the USA.

A pair of confidence tricksters has approached elderly people in the areas of Brandon and Tampa. One is a young woman of Hispanic origins and the other an older bearded man.

The two approach their victims and tell them they have won a lottery payout but they need to borrow some money to cover expenses in claiming their winnings.

Incredibly the victims have given the tricksters several thousand dollars each time.

The ploy ends when the couple ask their victim to visit a store on their behalf. Not surprisingly, whilst he or she is inside the criminals disappear.

This scam is a new angle on previous versions where victims are told they have won a lottery prize but need to pay money in advance of receiving their winnings. The money is paid and nothing more is heard.

The reality is of course that no money is ever needed upfront to claim a lottery prize. Winners will already know if they have won from the wide publicity given to lottery draw winning numbers and will also have purchased a ticket or a place on a lottery syndicate.

One way to get involved is to play lotteries online and a great place to get your tickets is at the Lotter.