Last defendant in large Jamaican lottery scam convicted
A federal jury in North Dakota on Friday convicted a Rhode Island woman of helping scam elderly Americans out of millions of dollars, capping a large-scale Jamaican lottery scam case that authorities have been investigating and prosecuting for six years.
Jurors found Melinda Bulgin, 28, guilty of 15 counts of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering, after 3 1/2 hours of deliberations over two days. Defense attorney Kevin Chapman said he likely will appeal.
The Providence woman was the last ...
Sep 15, 2018, 8:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Last defendant in Jamaican lottery scam case going to trial
A Rhode Island woman accused of funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica through her airline job goes on trial in federal court in North Dakota this week. She is the last of 27 defendants in the case that began seven years ago this month. Here's a look at the case and the upcoming trial of Melinda Bulgin, which is expected to last up to 10 days.
Why is this case a big deal?
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that lottery scams could be a billion-dollar-a-year industry ...
Sep 10, 2018, 10:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Fake Instagram account offers phony Florida Lottery giveaways
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The Florida Lottery is warning players about social media scams and fake accounts offering money and other prizes.
Florida resident Jason Farmer received a message from what he thought was the Florida Lottery Instagram account.
Next thing they're telling me 'well we have this promotion that we're giving way $500,000 and a new truck.' So at that very moment I really thought it was likely a scam, Farmer said.
It was just an account with a similar name and similar ...
Jul 3, 2018, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Better Business Bureau releases study on sweepstakes, lottery and prize scams
A new report by the Better Business Bureau says sweepstakes, lottery and prize scams are using ever-changing methods to hurt victims financially and emotionally.
The frauds concentrate on seniors, targeting them by direct mail, cold calling, social media, text messages and smartphone pop-ups.
BBB warns consumers to be on guard against the serious frauds and their perpetrators.
The report Sweepstakes, Lottery and Prize Scams: A Better Business Bureau Study of How 'Winners' Lose Millions ...
Jun 18, 2018, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Sweepstakes, lottery scams cost Americans more than $111 million in 2017
A new study reveals sweepstakes, lottery and prize-related scams cost Americans millions of dollars each year. The Better Business Bureau calls these schemes some of the most serious and pervasive frauds operating today.
In the past three years, the group says more than 460,000 Americans have reported losing a total of over $330 million to such scams.
The Better Business Bureau says these crooks are professionals. They might take advantage of someone in your family, and they can be very c ...
Jun 5, 2018, 3:45 pm - Lottery News forum
OOPS: Phone fraudster tries to scam cop
Includes video report
A phone scammer made a grave error when he dialed Officer Jeff Bowling and attempted to access his personal information last week. At first, the caller had no clue he was on the line with a cop.
Officer Bowling with the Peebles Police Department in Adams County, Ohio, was actually working on the case when he got a call from a strange number that turned out to be a phone scammer. He quickly began to record the conversation, which lasted for 11 minutes.
A man on the ...
May 16, 2018, 2:54 pm - Lottery News forum
With promise of $1.5m prize, scam artist bilks woman out of nearly $28,000
Vivian Murphy thought back to that heart-stopping moment when the voice on the phone proclaimed her the winner of a $1.5 million sweepstakes prize.
For decades, Murphy, 85, had been a huge fan of Publishers Clearing House, the peddler of magazine subscriptions and household items widely known for TV commercials of winners dissolving into happy tears when presented with a gargantuan check. She entered nearly every drawing in the company's 50-year history, during which lucky winners have receiv ...
May 15, 2018, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. man charged in $10K lottery scam on 84-year-old woman
A New Jersey man tricked an 84-year-old woman into handing over more than $10,000 after telling her she won a lottery, but needed to pay the taxes on the winnings in advance, authorities said.
Earl Alton Smith, 40, convinced the Canandaigua, New York, resident to give him a $5,000 check and one totaling $5,500 in October, New York State Police said in a statement.
Smith was arrested by Port Authority police on Wednesday at Newark Liberty International Airport as he was about to board a pl ...
May 1, 2018, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
More millennials than seniors losing money to scams
Forget the clich of the vulnerable senior citizen falling victim to scammers a larger share of young people reported that they lost money to fraud than older individuals did in 2017.
Among consumers ages 20 to 29, 40% of those who made fraud complaints to the Federal Trade Commission lost money, compared with just 18% of those who were ages 70 and older, according to an annual report from the federal agency released Thursday.
The report examined consumer complaints made to the FTC in 2017. ...
Mar 4, 2018, 10:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Store clerk busted trying to scam undercover lottery investigator
Do you trust your store clerk with your lottery ticket?
Maybe you've won a few hundred bucks or more. Will the employee tell you or pocket the ticket while telling you it's a loser?
That happened this week at a Fort Myers store, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. A Winn-Dixie Liquors employee is accused of keeping a customer's $600 winning ticket and paying him only 5 bucks.
Crystelle Yvette Baton was charged with larceny grand theft on Monday.
Baton, 42, was caught becaus ...
Jan 24, 2018, 12:55 pm - Lottery News forum