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Postal agents intercept, destroy fake lottery checks

Topic closed. 18 replies. Last post 3 years ago by chrissy16.

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Posted: March 5, 2014, 12:15 pm - IP Logged

When i first heard of these scams in the late 1990's/early 2000's, my intial response was quite similar to the views expressed on here. How could i win a lottery that i never entered in a country i never visited? Pretty basic assumption right?......Until i recently found out how highly sophisticated some of these scammers are. Some are pretty basic and stupid which no one should ever fall for, but there are some that blows the mind. For example, there is a part of these scams that involve overseas phone operators (we all know the major phone companies outsource most of these call centers). These phone operators have detailed info on Americans, expecially older folks and they call their land line phones and that's when and where it all starts. The mailers are most times not the initial contact, rather its the follow up to calls and baits set in motion days/weeks/months in advance.

Trust me, these scams get crazy!!! Not sure why the American media doesn't report more on this stuff. There is even a rather evil plot where the elderly who live alone have their phone jammed to where all outgoing calls are routed back to the scammers so 'grandma/grandpa' is constantly being bombarded and convinced to part take in some money exchange. I wish i had more time to get into the details here but these scams have yielded hundreds of millions since the 1990's. Mush of it isn't reported because the victims are embarrased and they ultimately know there is no way to retrieve their lost money. Pretty sad.

Yes, a lot of these victims are rather gullible if not greedy. But there are some that get into a scary trap that goes way beyond a piece of mail that arrived in the mail.

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    Posted: March 5, 2014, 3:37 pm - IP Logged

    Good job catching these letters!!!

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      Phoenix, AZ
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      Posted: March 6, 2014, 12:59 am - IP Logged

      I am glad that these good for nothing creeps got caught and they should be thrown into prison.  I have no mercy on these low-down dirty liars.  A friend of mine got scammed last year and when this friend showed me the check, I said this is a scam and take it to the police, and  that did not happen.  I told this good friend of mine that this chek is fake and it ended up he lost his hard earned money from his bank account and had to start all over again. 

      The purpose of this post is to help someone else that may get scam mail from scammers.

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        Posted: March 7, 2014, 3:22 pm - IP Logged

        Teddi,

        " How can I win a prize I never entered based in a country I've visited from a lottery I've never heard of?"

        I think you might have meant a country you've never visited.

        Anyway, that's how these creeps operate, they bring people's greed to the surface and then strike like a snake.

        One of their main objectives is fidning people that really think thye've won a lottery they don't even have a ticket for.

        Bang Head

        I'd like to see the postal inspectors go after them for mail fraud, which is a Federal rap.

        Coin Toss,

        "One of their main objectives is fidning people that really think thye've won a lottery they don't even have a ticket for."

         

        I think you might have meant finding.

         

        I think we all knew what he meant, try not to be so critical because as you can see, even you make mistakes.