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S.C. man loses more than $140K to 'you've won the lottery' scam

Feb 28, 2020, 10:31 am

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YORK COUNTY, S.C. — Deputies say a man lost more than $140,000 to a lottery scam in York County, South Carolina.

The resident was scammed out of $143,500 via the common "you've won the lottery" scam.

In this case, deputies say two suspects — a "Ben Washington" and "Shirley Marsh" — informed the victim he had won $2.8 million.

"Shirley" reportedly told the victim to send $3,500 to an address in Emporia, Kansas to be able to receive the money.

After that money was sent, deputies say the scammers again called to request two blank checks to "verify" the victim's information. The scammers then cashed the $3,500, then proceeded to write and cash the two checks totaling $140,000.

"This lottery scam is one of the more common scams victims fall prey to every year. In 2018 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received 132,470 reports of scams involving prizes, sweepstakes and lotteries that swindled victims totaling $118 million," a release from the York County Sheriff's Office read.

In any possible scam, officials remind residents to never send a person personal information, check, credit card information or a prepaid money card.

"Once the money is gone, it's gone and very difficult to recover," the release read.

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What a shame!

I find it amazing that after all the news reports about lottery scams, some people still fall victim to them.

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    Amazing that none of the Checks Bounced! Who keeps that kind of Money in a Checking Account?

    A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions!

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      Amazing that none of the Checks Bounced! Who keeps that kind of Money in a Checking Account?

      Thats what I was thinking.

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        That is the one scam phone call been waiting for and they never come.   One with the fake IRS I told the guy I'll meet you on the second floor gift store in the airport, Louisville KY to pay the money I 'owe'.

        Just last week a smart lady (I thought) was on CBS Evening news.   She was told to send $140K for the social security scam and SHE DID.

        My latest thing when I do infrequently answer the ones that get around the blockers is to ask them for the password.   They ask and I say I need the password that social security said to use when they call.  We all know the IRS & SS never calls taxpayers.   I didn't answer the call one Saturday from 'social security' but we kept him on the line for 30'!

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          " It is virtually impossible to be  delivered from evil, when they have deliberately allowed themselves to be tempted by greed."

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          People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it- George Bernard Shaw.

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            " It is virtually impossible to be  delivered from evil, when they have deliberately allowed themselves to be tempted by greed."

            With all the scam alerts it looks like there are still some people drinking the "very gullible laced Kool-aid".

            It's not my fault! I voted for Amy.

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              Awful.

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                With all the scam alerts it looks like there are still some people drinking the "very gullible laced Kool-aid".

                The thing with drinking " Kool-aid" Stack is that once it enters the body, it poisons the heart & mind to the point that you can't tell the difference between reality & fantasy.This person was so blinded by riches that he/she were willing to surrender 100K plus of their personal fortune in order to get "that larger prize." It's the carrot & the stick mentality and walking away after say a $10,000 loss was not an option.

                l was told l won darn it..

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                  That is the one scam phone call been waiting for and they never come.   One with the fake IRS I told the guy I'll meet you on the second floor gift store in the airport, Louisville KY to pay the money I 'owe'.

                  Just last week a smart lady (I thought) was on CBS Evening news.   She was told to send $140K for the social security scam and SHE DID.

                  My latest thing when I do infrequently answer the ones that get around the blockers is to ask them for the password.   They ask and I say I need the password that social security said to use when they call.  We all know the IRS & SS never calls taxpayers.   I didn't answer the call one Saturday from 'social security' but we kept him on the line for 30'!

                  Since you brought it up BD, l too was called by the "SS administration " telling me my SS # has been suspended because of fraudulent activity. So l played along with this guy. The # was from Wis, and l know no one from that State. So l called back and almost immediately the guy says l am in " serious trouble." Asks me for my SS # & l made it up on the fly, name please: l say Mitch McConn, he tells me that my number has been used in money laundering in Austin Texas- long story short: Asks if l had any money saved in any financial institutions, l say yeah: Which he asks: Bank of Texas & BOA. Asks if l have a saving or checking- l say both. Asks the balance, me says $230,000 in BOA & $50,000 in Bank of Texas. Next l was told to hang on while he sends my information to a " Senior Consultant ".. first question from the new guy was " Could you give me your SS# " and l said, " l just did with the previous guy l was talking too".. He says, well this is a verification process.. l hung up!

                  Btw: The 1st caller had an Indian accent. 2nd consultant, sounded American.

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                    "two blank checks to "verify" the victim's information."

                    How does that saying go, again? Is it "a moron and his money are soon parted"?

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                      Since you brought it up BD, l too was called by the "SS administration " telling me my SS # has been suspended because of fraudulent activity. So l played along with this guy. The # was from Wis, and l know no one from that State. So l called back and almost immediately the guy says l am in " serious trouble." Asks me for my SS # & l made it up on the fly, name please: l say Mitch McConn, he tells me that my number has been used in money laundering in Austin Texas- long story short: Asks if l had any money saved in any financial institutions, l say yeah: Which he asks: Bank of Texas & BOA. Asks if l have a saving or checking- l say both. Asks the balance, me says $230,000 in BOA & $50,000 in Bank of Texas. Next l was told to hang on while he sends my information to a " Senior Consultant ".. first question from the new guy was " Could you give me your SS# " and l said, " l just did with the previous guy l was talking too".. He says, well this is a verification process.. l hung up!

                      Btw: The 1st caller had an Indian accent. 2nd consultant, sounded American.

                      Got a letter from the KY Department of Revenue saying I had to fill out a identity quiz to get my refund and my "it's a scam" radar went off. But it was legit.

                      It's just amazing how many people who were intelligent enough to save a large amount of money and then fall for a scams. The key to a good scam is usually too much detail and in the SS scam "you're in serious trouble" and "what's your SS number" should set off any "it's a scam" radar.

                      If they don't know you're SS number how could they know you're in serious trouble?

                      LOL @ "Mitch McConn

                      It's not my fault! I voted for Amy.

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                        Got a letter from the KY Department of Revenue saying I had to fill out a identity quiz to get my refund and my "it's a scam" radar went off. But it was legit.

                        It's just amazing how many people who were intelligent enough to save a large amount of money and then fall for a scams. The key to a good scam is usually too much detail and in the SS scam "you're in serious trouble" and "what's your SS number" should set off any "it's a scam" radar.

                        If they don't know you're SS number how could they know you're in serious trouble?

                        LOL @ "Mitch McConn

                        I Agree!. Generally l would have hung up the call, but us humans are curious by nature. I wanted to find out how these scams go from A to Z & that was the only reason l played along. I was surprised that all l was asked was first my SS #, and immediately l was told my trouble started in Texas. I think asking for a name is of little importance cause a SS agent would have asked " is that your true name?" But not this guy. The second thing that stuck out was the scare tactic.

                        The " you hot water" nonsense. The trick l noticed was that this guy brought up money laundering & switched to " do you have money in any bank etc." of you not thinking clearly, you may assume the reason they asking this, is because you accused of ML. When they asked how much one has in these banks, that to me is either a green light to go after you or not, l suspect they drop a lot of these calls of you say " l have $120.00" total. At least l educated myself enough to know how the game is played. Hopefully this helps others out there who would simply hang up the phone should the identity themselves as a SS or government agent. 

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                          Every State Lottery has scam alerts on their websites, but lots of the scam are not even lottery related like the SS scam. The common denominator is scams of all kinds are usually aimed at seniors. But there are several IRS refund scams making rounds too that effect all ages. 

                          Probably not possible to educate everybody or even convince some that if you never entered a contest, you can't win their imaginary jackpot. At the end of the day, all we can do is shake our heads and wonder how some people can be so gullible.

                          It's not my fault! I voted for Amy.

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                            Since you brought it up BD, l too was called by the "SS administration " telling me my SS # has been suspended because of fraudulent activity. So l played along with this guy. The # was from Wis, and l know no one from that State. So l called back and almost immediately the guy says l am in " serious trouble." Asks me for my SS # & l made it up on the fly, name please: l say Mitch McConn, he tells me that my number has been used in money laundering in Austin Texas- long story short: Asks if l had any money saved in any financial institutions, l say yeah: Which he asks: Bank of Texas & BOA. Asks if l have a saving or checking- l say both. Asks the balance, me says $230,000 in BOA & $50,000 in Bank of Texas. Next l was told to hang on while he sends my information to a " Senior Consultant ".. first question from the new guy was " Could you give me your SS# " and l said, " l just did with the previous guy l was talking too".. He says, well this is a verification process.. l hung up!

                            Btw: The 1st caller had an Indian accent. 2nd consultant, sounded American.

                            I'm going to have to try to remember to do the same thing.   They probably salivate like Pavlov's dog and right hand probably itching like mad!