N.Y. man lost $100,000 in lottery scam
A Saratoga County, New York, man may have lost more than $100,000 in an international email-based scheme that used fraudulent IRS forms to dupe victims into believing they'd won a multi-million dollar lottery but needed to pay fees to collect their winnings.
A 14-month investigation by the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration uncovered a trail of email and bank accounts that led to European suspects who had obtained credit card and bank account information for an unknown num ...
Apr 5, 2012, 11:24 am - Lottery News forum
7 guilty in $2M lottery fraud
Seven people have pleaded guilty in a lottery telemarketing fraud that U.S. prosecutors say bilked mostly elderly victims out of an estimated $2 million.
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said Tuesday the seven all residents of Israel carried out the fraud in 2007 and 2008.
Lior Orgad, David Yamin, and Mor Galanti pleaded guilty in New York, while Guy Mayo, Elad Mayo, Asi Almakias and Yaniv Kalbers entered guilty pleas March 15, the U.S. Justice Department ...
Mar 23, 2011, 2:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Nigerian lottery scammer sentenced to 14 years
A Nigerian man who swindled three Californians out of more than $400,000 by demanding tax on bogus foreign lottery winnings was sentenced Tuesday to 14 years in federal prison. The people who typically fall for such scams are older, sometimes people who have dementia and are lonely and need someone to talk to, an assistant U.S. attorney said.
One of Emmanuel I. Onwuzulike's victims, a San Fernando Valley woman, lost her home after she paid more than $368,000 for a phony tax on what she though ...
Dec 2, 2010, 6:33 am - Lottery News forum
Con artists target N.J. seniors in lottery scam
The first call came in December.
How are you? How's your day? We have a wonderful thing to tell you, a 65-year-old Ocean County woman said of her first telephone conversation with the Jamaican-sounding strangers.
They said I had won an award, the woman said. (The prizes) ranged from $1.5 million to over $5.5 million.
The callers told her she had to send them money to purchase stamps so that her prize could be delivered. She sent the money, but then she got more phone calls with vario ...
Nov 7, 2010, 9:55 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery warns of telephone scam artists
The New Jersey Lottery and New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs are warning everyone to be wary of any caller who claims he or she represents the Lottery. New Jerseyans are getting calls saying they will receive a big jackpot if they only pay small processing fees, said Carole Hedinger, Acting Lottery Director.
The Lottery never requires winners to pay a fee to collect what they are owed, and prizes can never be claimed over the telephone, Hedinger said. Recipients of these fraudulent cal ...
Oct 25, 2010, 2:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Once a victim, retiree allegedly joined scammers to bilk others
Authorities allege that Thomas Murphy, 68, became a mule for an overseas ring that took in $800,000
They preyed on the elderly often by trolling obituaries for new widows or widowers and enticed them into believing they'd won a lottery but needed to pay the tax on their winnings to claim them.
Thomas Murphy, 68, a retired principal, teacher and coach from Henderson, Minn., started as a victim. Then, police say, he joined the scam in a failed attempt to try to recoup his losses.
Oct 20, 2010, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Elderly woman loses $300K to Jamaican lottery scam
People ripped off by one scam could be targeted for dozens more. A database of easy targets is now being used by con-artists.
Stuart Childers said a stack of documents he showed WFTV Wednesday is paper trial of the hundreds of wire transfers his 75-year-old mother sent to scam artists.
She put it to us she wanted to leave a legacy, do something good for the family, Childer said.
Childers said his mother fell victim to a Jamaican lottery scam and gave the thieves close to $300,000 in a ...
Oct 7, 2010, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scams dupe thousands
South Carolina couple's savings disappear; phone rings off hook
Dick Long fought in the Philippines under MacArthur.
Lillie Long taught first-graders for nearly three decades.
Now, every time they go to the mailbox and just about every time they pick up the phone, they're being scammed.
The Longs are lured by promises that seem so convincing and so easy to reach: Just send a few dollars and you will win millions in foreign lotteries and sweepstakes.
Hopeful, they send the money.
Sep 27, 2010, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian gets 9 years for U.S. lottery scam
A Vancouver man was sentenced to nine years in prison Monday for running a lottery scam in the United States that defrauded dozens of elderly victims of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Henry Anekwu, 43, was convicted in April of 10 counts of mail fraud and six counts of wire fraud, all of which were centered around a telemarketing operation that told victims they had won a lottery, but needed to pay taxes or other fees up front to claim their winnings. Individual victims paid as much as $60 ...
Jul 12, 2010, 8:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama woman gets money back from lottery scam
An Alabama woman recently got $16,800 back after a joint U.S. and Canadian investigation into fraudulent telemarketers who represented themselves as lottery officials.
The Alabama resident, whose name was not released, got her money back on May 14, according to a press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
A multi-agency U.S-Canada initiative called Project COLT was responsible for helping return the money.
Many variations exist on the lottery scams, according to ...
May 24, 2010, 10:56 am - Lottery News forum