Lottery scam victim, 78, becomes scammer, swindles friends
Duped friends, neighbors, pastor out of more than $1 million
This was the trip that would bring them the jackpot.
Doris Siegel and a friend boarded a plane to Amsterdam in August 2008 for a $1 million payout, money that would finally prove that the Nigerian lottery she'd told friends and neighbors about was no scam.
Siegel and her friend met with five men who called themselves Nigerian businessmen, authorities said. They were taken to the basement of a building and told they would need ...
Mar 30, 2010, 8:28 am - Lottery News forum
Stringing along Jamaican lottery scammers
It's a little suspicious when the address linked to a call notifying someone they won the Maryland Lottery is in Michigan. Or Ohio.
And Richard Drexel, who has worked in security for part of his career, is no fool. As soon as the call came in for his son, also Richard, the elder Drexel called the Maryland Lottery. No, in fact, they don't call you to notify you you've won they have other means.
And they certainly don't ask you to pony up $150 to pay for fees and taxes before you can collect ...
Dec 14, 2009, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Elderly man makes the right call on lottery scam
In the Star-Telegram Watchdog column, Dave Lieber recounts how an 86-year-old man did the right thing by not getting hooked in by lottery scammers again.
For more than a year, George Kahak has followed my request that he call me before investing any more money in get-rich schemes. The 86-year-old former chief pilot for American Airlines is a compulsive scam victim. He's lost tens of thousands of dollars in dozens of scams.
The other day, he called to say that he won $500,000 in a lottery a ...
Dec 14, 2009, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum
Police arrest four in Chicago lottery ticket scam
Police arrested two men and two women earlier this week who allegedly ran a lottery ticket scam that targeted elderly Hispanic victims.
The four worked as a team and typically sought out elderly Hispanic victims at stores and on the street, according to a release from the Chicago Police.
The suspects would approach a victim two at a time and explain they were illegal immigrants and had a winning lottery ticket of more than one million dollars. They would then offer to share the winnings if ...
Nov 8, 2009, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum
$25M lottery scam aimed at elderly busted
The feds on Tuesday dismantled an Israeli boiler-room operation that conned elderly U.S. victims out of $25 million by telling them they'd won a sweepstakes lottery.
A dozen members of the international telemarketing ring were named in a three-count fraud indictment handed up yesterday in Manhattan Federal Court.
Prosecutors say ring members bought more than 185,000 names from U.S.-based brokers to find victims to dupe into turning over hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to claim the ...
Jul 22, 2009, 6:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Joint task force created to stop Jamaica lottery scams
The feds are cracking down on Jamaican lottery scams, which bilked Americans out of more than $30 million last year, authorities said Tuesday.
The brazen con artists are transforming the tropical getaway into a fraudsters paradise pulling in untraceable cash to finance the drug and gun trades with impunity, officials said.
It's just an incredible amount of money that's coming down here, said Vance Callender, an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement attache at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston.
May 27, 2009, 3:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery retailers to be policed for fraud, officials say
The legislation laying the groundwork for Arkansas' lottery does not require it, but officials say they expect the lottery system to include a security division that will be on the lookout for fraud by retailers.
The problem of fraud by lottery retailers gained new attention in the U.S. in the wake of a 2007 scandal in Canada, where investigators found that retailers and their employees were winning a disproportionately large number of prizes.
Between 1999 and 2006, at least 78 retail owne ...
May 19, 2009, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
Man loses house in lottery scam
Police have revealed that an elderly man from south west Scotland has lost his home to a foreign lottery scam.
Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary made a renewed appeal to the public to be aware of the danger of bogus letters.
They said two people in the region had recently lost significant sums of money with one of them actually ending up losing his own property as a result.
Police warned the public never to give out bank details to anyone offering to give them significant lottery winni ...
Apr 4, 2009, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
More Calif. stores accused of stealing customers' lottery prizes
Perhaps you're not quite as unlucky in the lottery as you thought.
That scratcher ticket you tossed? Well, it just might have been a winner with the cash prize going to none other than the store owner or clerk you passed it off to as garbage.
Ten retailers and clerks are accused of trying to cash in customers' winning lottery tickets at three locations in San Jose, two in Milpitas and one in Santa Clara. Nine people were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony grand theft of lottery ticket ...
Mar 6, 2009, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery retailers busted in raid
Store owners, clerks accused of stealing winning tickets
Lottery officials raided several mini marts Tuesday in Fresno, California.
Owners and clerks were taken away in handcuffs after undercover investigators say the suspects cheated would-be customers by lying about winning tickets.
Late last year officers posing as consumers showed up at many local mini marts to test their honesty. More than a dozen store owners and employees failed. Today, authorities caught up with them at the busi ...
Jan 22, 2009, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum