International Lottery Scams
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“Congratulations! You may receive a certified check for up to $400,000,000 U.S. CASH!
One Lump sum! Tax free! Your odds to WIN are 1-6.”
“Hundreds of U.S. citizens win every week using our secret system!
You can win as much as you want!”
Sound great? It’s a fraud.
Scam operators — often based in Canada — are using the telephone and direct mail to entice U.S. consumers to buy chances in high-stakes foreign lotteries from as far away as Australia and Europe. These lottery solicitations violate U.S. law, which prohibits the cross-border sale or purchase of lottery tickets by phone or mail.
Still, federal law enforcement authorities are intercepting and destroying millions of foreign lottery mailings sent or delivered by the truckload into the U.S. And consumers, lured by prospects of instant wealth, are responding to the solicitations that do get through — to the tune of $120 million a year, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, says most promotions for foreign lotteries are likely to be phony. Many scam operators don’t even buy the promised lottery tickets. Others buy some tickets, but keep the “winnings” for themselves. In addition, lottery hustlers use victims’ bank account numbers to make unauthorized withdrawals or their credit card numbers to run up additional charges.
The FTC has these words of caution for consumers who are thinking about responding to a foreign lottery:
- If you play a foreign lottery — through the mail or over the telephone — you’re violating federal law.
- There are no secret systems for winning foreign lotteries. Your chances of winning more than the cost of your tickets are slim to none.
- If you purchase one foreign lottery ticket, expect many more bogus offers for lottery or investment “opportunities.” Your name will be placed on “sucker lists” that fraudulent telemarketers buy and sell.
- Keep your credit card and bank account numbers to yourself. Scam artists often ask for them during an unsolicited sales pitch.
The bottom line, according to the FTC: Ignore all mail and phone solicitations for foreign lottery promotions. If you receive what looks like lottery material from a foreign country, give it to your local postmaster.Promotions for foreign lotteries and sweepstakes usually are phony and entering is always illegal.
International Lottery Commission
Lottery Scam E-mails
International Lottery Commission was referenced in unsolicited emails that appear to be fraudulent or bogus. Our website contains a large collection of scam and hoax e-mails. Lottery scam emails are those that attempt to scam the recipient into sending money in order to claim lottery winnings in lotteries that were never entered into. If you get an e-mail that is similar to one in our collection, you should ignore it. Do not contact the sender and especially do not give out personal information. NEVER pay any fees of any kind. A legitimate lottery does not ask this. Most of these scammers operate overseas, so they can safely scam you. You may want to visit other pages or sites to learn more.
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY COMMISSION
Saturday, November 15, 2008 7:15 AM From: “Newsletter”
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY COMMISSION
FROM THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS / PRIZE AWARD DEPARTMENT
CALLE CASTELLANA 10, 28090, MADRID SPAIN.
Dear Lucky Winner,
We are happy to inform you that your email address have emerged winner of Ђ750,000 Euros in SPANISH INTERNATIONAL E-MAIL AWARD PROMOTION PROGRAM 2008.
The online cyber draws was conducted from an exclusive list of 500,000 email addresses of individuals and corporate bodies picked by an advanced automated random computer selection from the web. Your email address is attached to Ref No: ESP/WIN/008/05/10/MA & Batch No: EULO/1007/444/606/08; Serial No: 6594; and PROMOTION DATE: 12th November ,2008.
Bear in mind that prizes will strictly be remitted to winners that officially file in for their claim within the given time frame. To begin your claim, you are to forward this message to your accredited claim agent including your full names , telephone numbers and fax.
Your prize award has been insured with your email address and will be transferred to you upon meeting the requirement of the gaming board authority which includes your statutory obligations.
Mrs. Patricia Douet (Lottery co-ordinator).
Madrid, 13th November, 2008
Note: All Won Prize must Be claimed/Cleared not later than 28th of November 2008.After this date, all other winnings will considered as UNCLAIMED and returned to ministerio de Economia Y Hacienda
E-Mails with references to International Lottery Commission can also be found on other pages in our collection (note: if you want to see all of them in our collection then go to Google and type site:svbizlaw.com AND “International Lottery Commission”):
Other International Lottery Commission examples can be found on the following pages: None
The information provided on this website is provided for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice.
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