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$25M lottery scam aimed at elderly busted

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The feds on Tuesday dismantled an Israeli boiler-room operation that conned elderly U.S. victims out of $25 million by telling them they'd won a sweepstakes lottery.

A dozen members of the international telemarketing ring were named in a three-count fraud indictment handed up yesterday in Manhattan Federal Court.

Prosecutors say ring members bought more than 185,000 names from U.S.-based brokers to find victims to dupe into turning over hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to claim the prize.

"Despite sending substantial amounts of money to Israel, none of the victims received any money," the indictment says.

The scam operated between 2005 and 2009, and was taken down with the help of a law enforcement agent posing as a would-be sweepstakes winner.

Affluent victims were referred to "shooters" who, claiming to be lawyers, told them they'd have to turn over thousands of dollars as payment for taxes on the award.

Victims sent cashier's checks to a mail-forwarding business in Rockland County, which shipped the checks to Cyprus, officials said.

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delvalle texas
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Posted: July 22, 2009, 7:12 pm - IP Logged

IF IT SOUNDS TO GOOD RUN;SOUNDS LIKE THE CHECK SCAM

FROM INTERNET  CASH THIS CHECK 10000  AND SEND ME 2000

TWOWEEKS LATER THE BANK TELL YOU ITS NO GOOD

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    Posted: July 23, 2009, 5:28 am - IP Logged

    I remember when someone claming to be a credit card company called and said they got all my personal information from my bank. They wanted me to confirm the information, by giving them my social security number and birthday. I told them to **** off.

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      Posted: July 23, 2009, 5:10 pm - IP Logged

      I'm glad they were shut down.

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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        Posted: July 23, 2009, 6:52 pm - IP Logged

        These people are simply some low down dirty DOGS!!!!!

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          Posted: July 23, 2009, 10:01 pm - IP Logged

          Wow, I wonder if these U.S.-Based (Name List) Brokers should be penalized for selling their "wealthy U.S.A. elderly" name lists to outside-of-U.S.A. customers.  If not, perhaps we should make that a law here in the U.S.A.  I wonder if there will be any penalties.

          I wonder if these Israelis stole money from their Jewish brethren who live or are citizens of the U.S.A. 

          I wonder if there will be any penalties to these Israelis.

          Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

          Disney