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Man reports $7,000 scam by 'lottery winner'

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A good Samaritan was taken for a ride he won't soon forget after he reported being scammed $7,000 by a man who said he won the lottery.

Here's what happened, according to the victim and a North Miami police report:

The victim, a 68-year-old Aventura, Florida, resident, was walking in the parking lot of Home Depot, 12055 Biscayne Blvd., at about 10:30 a.m. on a recent Wednesday when he was approached by a man who said he was an undocumented worker from Honduras and needed help finding a law office to get papers.

A second man then walked up and said he couldn't help but overhear the conversation. This man claimed he was a Christian and wanted to help, and knew of a law office in the area.

The victim told police he had some spare time and thought he might be able to help decide if the law office was legitimate, so he got in a car with the two men.

The man who claimed he was from Honduras then said he had a bigger problem: he had won the lottery but could not cash in the ticket because he did not have legal residency papers.

The second man then made a call to the "lottery commission." The victim said he could overhear the conversation, and was told that the ticket holder needed to provide $20,000 in "good faith money" to collect the winnings.

The victim said he could contribute $7,000. The second man said he could cover the remainder, and drove them to what he said was his bank in North Miami Beach. He went inside and later emerged with an envelope containing what appeared to be the $13,000.

The three then drove to the victim's bank, and he withdrew the $7,000.

The second man said they should get postage stamps from a post office, in order to mail in the money. The victim agreed to buy the stamps and walked into the post office with what he thought was the envelope containing his $7,000, but when he walked back out with the stamps, the two men had driven off. The victim discovered the envelope was stuffed with cut-up newspapers.

North Miami Detective Alanzo Rhymer, who investigates frauds said the crime is consistent with other scams he has seen in which con artists drive victims to their banks and then wait outside. But he noted "the subject also doesn't have to drive with the victim — it doesn't give the victim an opportunity to really notice the subject's face or recognize the vehicle the subject is driving."

Rhymer's advice: "Anything having to do with money, especially giving money to a stranger, you need to be really wary about the circumstance and if it sounds too good, more than likely it's not what you think it's going to be."

Anyone with information on this crime should call North Miami Police at 305-891-8111.

Miami Herald

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23 comments. Last comment 11 years ago by LckyLary.
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United States
Member #379
June 5, 2002
11296 Posts
Posted: May 8, 2006, 12:11 pm - IP Logged

I would never fall for something like this. Consider it a different kind of annuity.

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    United States
    Member #15309
    May 13, 2005
    307 Posts
    Posted: May 8, 2006, 12:15 pm - IP Logged

    Another victim, another scam.  The victim, I am sure, is not a LotteryPost member.


      United States
      Member #34266
      March 1, 2006
      188 Posts
      Posted: May 8, 2006, 12:50 pm - IP Logged

      The informed don't get scammed!

        Lurk More N00b's avatar - ummm
        United States
        Member #3312
        January 10, 2004
        35 Posts
        Posted: May 8, 2006, 1:41 pm - IP Logged

        You wouldn't think that you'd need to be hip to the lottery scams to avoid something so painfully obvious. I think I'll run up to Home Depot and see if any strangers would like me to empty my bank account for them.

          United States
          Member #1849
          July 15, 2003
          265 Posts
          Posted: May 8, 2006, 1:42 pm - IP Logged

          Anyone can get scammed, anyone!

            Tenaj's avatar - michellea
            Charlotte NC
            United States
            Member #17406
            June 18, 2005
            4054 Posts
            Posted: May 8, 2006, 1:48 pm - IP Logged

            Yes NodI've been getting a lot of emails making claims that I am the rightful heir to millions and to claim my inheritance. LOL 

            I'm like - what website did I click on to get this junk?


              Englewood, Colorado
              United States
              Member #19108
              July 25, 2005
              51 Posts
              Posted: May 8, 2006, 1:50 pm - IP Logged

              The gullibility of people never ceases to amaze me.

                United States
                Member #1849
                July 15, 2003
                265 Posts
                Posted: May 8, 2006, 1:51 pm - IP Logged

                None, I get it to all of my email accounts. That's the funny part, how special do you feel when you get one email three seperate places. The funniest part about these emails is the poor language, I mean they are soo lazy they don't even check their grammer. I know some do it intenionally too. LOL>

                  Coastal Georgia
                  United States
                  Member #2653
                  October 30, 2003
                  1866 Posts
                  Posted: May 8, 2006, 2:23 pm - IP Logged

                  I've said it before and it bears repeating :

                  " You can't fix stupid "






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                    Decatur, Georgia
                    United States
                    Member #4705
                    May 18, 2004
                    331 Posts
                    Posted: May 8, 2006, 2:38 pm - IP Logged

                    I too am getting email's claiming that I am heir to a family of engineers in Afrida who were killed in a car accident.  This very important messr's needs someone to claim their inheritance.  I am the supposed heir.  They need me to contact them regarding filling out the proper papers to claim my inheritance. This very important message was imediately deleted.

                      bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

                      United States
                      Member #12618
                      March 18, 2005
                      2060 Posts
                      Posted: May 8, 2006, 3:21 pm - IP Logged

                      Some people will fall for anything. Sad.

                      Dance like no one is watching.

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                        FEMA Region V Camp #21
                        United States
                        Member #520
                        July 27, 2002
                        5699 Posts
                        Posted: May 8, 2006, 5:34 pm - IP Logged

                        Too bad all the contractors in the parking lot were not aware of what was going on. The scammers would have gotten their asses kicked and I'm thinking the "Christian" would have ended up with a brand new claw hammer protruding from his butt when it was all over.

                        Posted 4/6:  IL Pick 3 midday and evening until they hit:  555, 347 (str8).

                          RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
                          United States
                          Member #9
                          March 24, 2001
                          19901 Posts
                          Posted: May 8, 2006, 6:06 pm - IP Logged

                          I could never figure why some people think giving money to a stranger with a sad story make them a nice person and not a fool.  It may sound heartless, but any time a stranger tell a sad story and ask for money I smell a scam.  Hard luck stories should be shared with friends and family and if you don't have any its too late to start making some when hard times come along.

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

                            justxploring's avatar - villiarna
                            Wandering Aimlessly
                            United States
                            Member #25360
                            November 5, 2005
                            4461 Posts
                            Posted: May 8, 2006, 7:58 pm - IP Logged

                            There's nothing wrong with giving a stranger money, but I think a dollar or 2 would be my limit. I've purchased a sandwich and a soda for someone who says he's hungry, but I can't imagine giving away thousands, not even to somebody I know.

                            Anyway, I agree it was very stupid. However, I do feel sorry for this person, even if he is a fool.