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Scammer using lottery ploy to get personal information

Insider BuzzInsider Buzz: Scammer using lottery ploy to get personal information

If your phone rings at night and the man on the other end says he's with the New York Lottery and you've just won the "Win for Life" game – or any other lottery contest – don't believe him.

Several residents of Newburgh, New York, told police yesterday that they'd gotten such calls.

According to police, after telling the people who answered the phone they'd won, the caller then said he needed some personal information to verify their winning ticket, including their full name, address, date of birth and Social Security number. He named a store near their homes as the place where they supposedly bought the winning ticket.

Police said the well-spoken man was irate when his story was questioned.

Police said lottery officials do not contact winners in the middle of the night and do not ask for personal information over the phone. They're asking anyone else who got such a call to contact them at 564-1100.

Times Herald-Record

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2 comments. Last comment 11 years ago by Chewie.
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United States
Member #379
June 5, 2002
11296 Posts
Posted: September 7, 2005, 11:16 am - IP Logged

Anybody who says you won periodic payments is trying to rip you off. The real Lose for Life isn't worth playing either.

    Sparta, NJ
    United States
    Member #18331
    July 9, 2005
    1977 Posts
    Posted: September 7, 2005, 5:37 pm - IP Logged

    Some people believe in anything, even though they have been told a zillion times that is a scam. Buy 'em books and buy 'em books, and all they do is chew on the covers.


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    I only trust myself - and that's a questionable choice