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FBI warns about lottery fraud

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United States
Member #23835
October 16, 2005
3474 Posts
Posted: March 10, 2016, 2:06 am - IP Logged

Seems like these victims are always meticulous savers, never hear of this happening to a spendthrift.

You didn't see the front page article in last Sunday's NY Times?

"Elderly Bronx Man Scammed Out Of Life Savings. Lost $25 In Fake Lottery Scam."

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    United States
    Member #142499
    May 13, 2013
    1182 Posts
    Posted: March 10, 2016, 7:56 pm - IP Logged

    If you have any elderly relatives please check on them to make sure they are not being scammed.

    Was thinking the same thing when I read this. But then I've met so many elderly people who have been so desperate for interaction with others that they will tell me their entire life stories just by me asking 'how've you been?' that I get how this is possible even without a sophisticated network or the promise of a lottery win. I'm only surprised it doesn't happen more often.

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      Member #142499
      May 13, 2013
      1182 Posts
      Posted: March 10, 2016, 8:30 pm - IP Logged

      Anxiously awaiting my lottery scam phone call.  Will play along to the max and even ask where to wire the money to.  then they'll call in a few days (I would imagine) and say they did not receive the money.  Then I'll give them a fake name of the person that received the money.

      Well I never got a phone call. I did however, get a text message from a "representative of Powerball winner Marie Holmes who has chosen" me to gift a portion of her winnings. Now, considering that I give fake numbers to anyone that isn't an employer, close friend or medical facility, I was quite surprised someone managed to scamtext me.

      Yesterday I got an absolutely perfectly constructed email from Wells Fargo saying that due to suspicious activity, a hold was being placed on my account until I logged in to verify the transactions. Everything looked so spot on I might have thought it was legit...if I had an account with Wells Fargo.

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        Brooklyn, NY
        United States
        Member #169723
        October 29, 2015
        877 Posts
        Posted: March 11, 2016, 10:41 am - IP Logged

        How to get even with telemarketers


        Tom Mabe phone prank Guy pretends to be F.B.I agent when talking to telemarketer

        The Meatman

        “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your back pocket.” Will Rogers

        Winning happens in a flash, Like A Bolt Of Lightning!  Patriot

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          Member #162631
          January 7, 2015
          503 Posts
          Posted: March 15, 2016, 2:12 pm - IP Logged

          Deduct the Fees and Taxes from my Winnings and Send me the rest! LOL


          But, we read in the article that the elderly are being targeted. 
          And, I feel so doggone sorry for them, because they've spent their whole lives
          saving, and whatever, just to give it away to some crook.

          Especially sorry for the Virginia victim.    But, she was a school teacher.
          Even elderly, she'd been trained to not fall for shenanigans (to a degree, anyway), and to suspect tomfoolery and such. Don't you think?

          I'm afraid these Jamaicans are even reading our posts.

          So, SHOOO!  Jamaican con-artist SHOOO!

          • Don't chase the numbers you play.
          • Play only numbers you've already played, plus however many random picks.
          • But, ALWAYS the regular numbers you play.  This will make you a winner, not a chaser.
                    (so far, though, I've yet to win any significant lotto prize)
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            United States
            Member #74096
            May 2, 2009
            22891 Posts
            Posted: March 15, 2016, 2:58 pm - IP Logged

            Is it Friday yet?


            Friday, March 18th should be National Squash the Scammers Day - not certainly to honor them but to expose,

            shut them down, send them packing and cut off their free money.


            I feel very bad for the elderly that are set up and robbed by these thieves. These people had a goal in life and

            in a matter of weeks or months, they lost it all to the scum of the earth. I cannot stand people who trick others

            out of their money with hard up stories, made up stories and not on the up and up stories. These older people

            spent their lives saving, working and probably most had family in mind. I can see the reason some fall for it.

            Maybe they think they don't have enough saved..or would be thrilled to say I WON! and know they can take

            care of much more than they thought...maybe it's just they want to believe something because it sounds so

            good but don't realize it's too good to be true. It's a crying shame really.


            Do someone a favor in your life, in the streets, in the workplace, on the internet...if you see something that's

            not right or someone falling for something, please tell them...watch and help your family members. Remind

            them that these people are good at what they do and have no remorse, compassion or heart.