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New twist on foreign lottery scheme

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HOUSTON, Tx. — There's a new twist to an old scheme that continues to lure people in. Con-artists have come up with one more way to deceive potential victims of foreign lottery scams.

U.S. Postal Inspector Michael Larson said, "He explained to me... I mean who doesn't dream of winning the lottery? He was contacted and told you have won the lottery and in order to collect that prize money you need to pay the taxes to get it out of the country and to the us."

The victim sent the money. In fact, he sent all of his retirement savings. Larson said, "He said the folks said, 'I don't have any more money to win.' Part of the catch, I'm going to help you out as long as you pay me back some of the money."

And there is a new layer to the foreign lottery scheme.

Larson said, "When he ran out of that money, the scammers started explaining to him, hey look we have sponsors here that can help you." They essentially told other victims they too won the lottery and to send their fee money to the original victim.

The move helped the con-artists perpetuate the scam. Larson said it made it seem more legit because they weren't sending the money to another country.

Postal inspectors warn all consumers to remember that foreign lotteries are illegal.

Another point to remember: No legitimate lottery will ever ask for money upfront, and no legitimate lottery has fees or taxes that need to be paid upfront.

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Posted: October 3, 2013, 7:24 pm - IP Logged

Creeps like this prey upon the greed of their marks.

People need to realize you are not going to win a lottery or sweepstakes you did not buy a ticket or an entry for.

Bang Head

This one sounds especially wicked as it's a combination lottery scam / Ponzi scheme.

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

Lep

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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    Posted: October 3, 2013, 10:23 pm - IP Logged

    They pry themselves on the elderly. We had a elderly member come in the credit union with a "Lottery Check" for $40,000 he had to send them $39,500.

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      Posted: October 3, 2013, 10:37 pm - IP Logged

      I think it was P.T.Barnum that said "There's a sucker born every minute."Don't be a sucker.If you never played a foriegn lottery,you didn't win a foriegn lottery.

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        Posted: October 4, 2013, 1:24 am - IP Logged

        I think it was P.T.Barnum that said "There's a sucker born every minute."Don't be a sucker.If you never played a foriegn lottery,you didn't win a foriegn lottery.

        Right about that. The sad thing is these people have no shame.
        I avoid any so called winner's phone call where it starts out with the words " Congratulations"- use those words on me when l have a legitimate check in my hands, anything other than that. ..forget it.

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          Posted: October 6, 2013, 2:55 am - IP Logged

          Some people never grow up, they were given gifts freely with no strings attached by Santa Claus when when they were a child and they still think somebody wants to give them something for nothing now that they have grown up.

          * you don't need more tickets, just the right ticket * 
          * your best chance to win a lottery jackpot is to buy a ticket * 
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            Posted: October 10, 2013, 12:21 pm - IP Logged

            Sometimes it isn't greed or immaturity but desperation or a real desire to help people that gets some of the elderly caught up in these situations. There was a case in Maryland where and elderly gentleman had exhausted all avenues for being able to care for his ill wife  at home and got caught up in one of these schemes because the money promised to him would have allowed him to hire help and not have to place her in a nursing home.

            Also, I witnessed something at our local 7-11 last year.  An elderly gentleman came out of the store and this woman stopped him and went into this sob story about winning the lottery, needing to pay for surgery for her Mom, but she had a tax lien and "the man" would take all of her winnings.  So if the man could just give her $8000 for the winning $10,000 ticket she could get her Mom that surgery.  The man hemmed and hawed and the woman talked and talked until the man was convinced it was his duty to help her out and get her Mom that surgery.  It sounded like he was going to give her the whole $10,000 because he didn't want to take advantage of her.  Lucky for the man I had called 911 and just as he agreed to do it the police showed up and explained it was a scam and were talking to the parties involved when I left.  I was amazed at how smooth talking this woman was and how convincing she sounded.  The poor guy was honestly just trying to do what he thought was right.

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              Posted: October 10, 2013, 12:30 pm - IP Logged

              They pry themselves on the elderly. We had a elderly member come in the credit union with a "Lottery Check" for $40,000 he had to send them $39,500.

              I am curious...does the credit union or a bank get involved with that at all?  Do they explain it is a scam or can they deny the customer the right to their money when illegal activity is suspected?  Thanks in advance for any insight you can offer.

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                Posted: October 26, 2013, 8:02 am - IP Logged

                Scammers are really abhorrent. They take advantage of innocent people. People should be smart enough not to fall for their schemes. As a player we should be reminded that if we didn't purchase a ticket, there is no way we are able to win a lottery game.