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Oregon woman tricked by international lottery scam

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The letter from Star Lotto Prize Inc. promising a big win was so believable.

But within a week of receiving it, Juanita Foss of Beaverton had lost $3,000.

"Any time you get a lottery thing like this it's fraud," said Foss, a retiree who wants to make sure no one else falls for the scam.

The swindle starts with an official letter promising a rich reward. It moves forward with a fake check sent to the victim. And ends with the victim forwarding a real check to an international address.

The scam may be circulating around Washington County, said sheriff's Sgt. John Black, whose office is investigating two related cases. It is similar to other frauds with slightly different packaging, he said.

"As in most of these types of fraud, it will appear to be too good to be true," he said, "and it is."

The letter Foss received Sept. 9 included official-sounding names and dates.

"Good day. My name is Michael Foreman, the prize director representing the International Lottery, Inc. Claim Department. On Jan. 27, 2004, I tried contacting you but unfortunately was unable to get a hold of you. You were selected a prizewinner on Jan. 6, 2004, and have not claimed your winnings of U.S. $60,000," the letter read.

"It sounded so good," said Foss, who called the number given in the letter. A pleasant voice congratulated her and told her to expect a check.

That's when it got complicated.

A check arrived for $3,300, not $60,000. Foss was supposed to deposit the check in her bank account and send a $3,000 "clearance fee" to an overseas address. By the time she found out the first check was fake, her money was gone.

Foss said there were just enough details to make the fraud believable. The account being overseas explained the unusual "clearance fee." And because she had played the lottery a few years ago in Canada, she thought there may have been a connection.

International accounts make it more difficult for investigators to track the culprits, Black said. State and county investigators don't have the authority to prosecute violations of international law.

Foss is trying to figure out how to pay back her bank. But she and her daughter also are trying to make sure people know about the scam.

"Don't ever send money to get money," she said. "No matter how good it sounds."

Oregonian

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Posted: September 30, 2005, 9:29 am - IP Logged

Chair 

--winner2b

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    new delhi
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    Posted: September 30, 2005, 10:20 am - IP Logged

    you don't have to be einstein to see that there is something wrong with the whole deal to start off with!

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      Qabloc!zewana
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      Posted: September 30, 2005, 1:52 pm - IP Logged

      Wow!  Some people are real bright.

        Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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        Posted: September 30, 2005, 1:56 pm - IP Logged

        Gee.

        takeemtothebank

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          Mcminnville, Oregon
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          Posted: September 30, 2005, 3:12 pm - IP Logged

          That is too bad she fell for that scam and got taken to the cleaners.

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            Posted: October 1, 2005, 8:52 am - IP Logged

            Headline ought to read:

            HaHaHaHeeHeeeHeeee

            Thanks to this example of failed Darwinism, we'll all be getting a new wave of spam.

            Sheeeeze!

            Jack

            Absorb the good, ignore the bad, weigh the ugly.

            It's about number behavior.

            Egos don't count.

             

            Dedicated to the memory of Big Loooser

             

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              Sparta, NJ
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              Posted: October 1, 2005, 11:47 am - IP Logged

              Another reason to be a LP member. A little knowledge boost is always helpful!

              Cheers

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

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                Posted: October 1, 2005, 11:56 am - IP Logged

                Most of the people who fall for these scams want..Something for Nothing..and always wind up getting taken to the cleaners..

                If you know your number is going to hit, have patience and then KILL IT!

                You never know when you will get another hit.

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                  Sparta, NJ
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                  Posted: October 1, 2005, 12:02 pm - IP Logged

                  EXACTLY ! You can't be taken if you don't want to go.

                  Cheers

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

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                    Posted: October 2, 2005, 11:28 am - IP Logged

                    I think this is a case of "Stuck on Stupid"


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                      Posted: October 2, 2005, 6:02 pm - IP Logged

                      Maybe she was so p***ed that OR still has the Lose for Life online game that she thought the OR Lottery was crooked. What else could she have been thinking?

                        RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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                        Posted: October 2, 2005, 6:31 pm - IP Logged

                        There must be lots of stupid people out there and lots of people searching for them.  The other day I got a phone call from a lady who promised to lower the interest on my home mortgage to less than 5%.  When I told her I didn't have a home mortgage because my home was paid for, she informed me that it wouldn't a problem and I could still take advantage of those good interest rates by simply mortgaging my home.

                         * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                           
                                     Evil Looking       

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                          Posted: October 2, 2005, 6:42 pm - IP Logged

                          There must be lots of stupid people out there and lots of people searching for them.  The other day I got a phone call from a lady who promised to lower the interest on my home mortgage to less than 5%.  When I told her I didn't have a home mortgage because my home was paid for, she informed me that it wouldn't a problem and I could still take advantage of those good interest rates by simply mortgaging my home.

                          You lost out on a golden opportunity :)

                          Cheers

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                            Posted: October 4, 2005, 11:02 am - IP Logged

                            Somewhere I thought I heard of a 1 1/4% mortgage rate. Maybe I'm confusing different kinds of interest rates.