A fresh form of lottery fraud has been reported in Austintown, Ohio as described by the local newspaper.
Initially the victim cannot see a con at all and believes he or she’s received an urgent windfall. One Austintown woman opened her mail to discover a cheque for $1985 from an organisation called the’Global Lotto Commission.’
There was a letter with the cheque and it informed the woman that she had won a share of a $125,000 lottery jackpot. To take the process further she was to call a particular number and speak to a named person in the organisation. The girl receiving the letter was fortunately smart enough never to ring the number given but rather took the letter to the authorities.
The Global Lotto Commission is a well-used cover for many scams and of course doesn’t exist.
Some recipients of the letter and money might have cashed the cheque thinking nothing might go wrong. Obviously this is simply not true; if anyone rings the number they would be instructed to forward a share of the amount of money using a money transfer company in order to cover’administration charges.’ The cheque will then be discovered to be invalid by the lender and the victim will have sent their own money to the thieves.
Camelot, the administrators of the British National Lottery, and other legitimate lottery organizations know precisely how prevalent the scams are becoming so they really are attempting to ensure it is widely known that nobody should give money or information to the scams and to understand what bogus communications look like. The scammers want either your individual information or your money.
On the website the British National Lottery administrators provide information useful to everyone and it’s applicable to some of the global lotteries. There are certain guidelines which are getting well known now but are always worth communicating.
None of the legitimate lottery organizations will contact a new player who has won a prize in a draw. It is the responsibility of any winner to contact them to exhibit their winning ticket and claim their prize.
To be involved in any legal lottery all players must purchase a solution or join a syndicate. There is no exception to the: you will know in advance that you’re in a lottery, as you will have parted with money judi tembak ikan. Obviously it’s simple to play lotteries online but even then you have to get tickets prior to the draw takes place.
The administrators of the British National Lottery and other legitimate lotteries could not inform you just how much you have won using email nor would they ever request anything or your individual; details. They have no reason to accomplish so.
Scams are becoming more sophisticated now. Some emails incorporate a link embedded within them and this will take you from what appears like an official lottery website. You is going to be asked to enter your individual details or even download software. Any details you enter will then be properly used to access your accounts or even make purchases in your name. Such links should always be ignored.
It is possible you might still wonder if a message or letter is genuine. If that’s the case, then check on Google for the state legitimate website for the lottery and, if the outcomes show a niche site different to the one in the e-mail, then you would be the victim of a scam. In any case, it’s worth Googling any lottery organization mentioned in virtually any communication, as this will bring up any reports of scams already notified.
All of the global lotteries have their own websites and most have information on scams and how to prevent them.
The golden rule is if you’re the recipient of a letter, email or even a telephone call informing you that you have won a prize in a lottery you have not entered, destroy the letter, delete the e-mail or put the telephone receiver down. There are websites to which you may report scams and the local police or trading standards department might be interested nonetheless it is essential that you do not act as instructed by the scammers.
Such scams have made an excessive amount of money from their victims, it’s time we stopped their supply of money and information.
Keith Braithwaite has received two decades in and keenly observing direct selling. He is an accredited Elottery affiliate. Other passions include personal development, painting, drawing, photography cycling, walking and the outdoors generally.