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Lottery scammers steal $1.2 million from one victim
Crook receives six years in prison for crimes of conspiracy and fraud By Kate Northrop After stealing over $1 million from one single victim, the leader of a ring of Jamaican scam artists was sentenced Friday to almost six years in prison. Like any typical scammer, Stieve Fernandez, 35, spent his time deceiving vulnerable individuals and robbing elderly targets of their life savings as part of a high-functioning underground network of lottery fraudsters. Fernandez was said to h ...
Jul 12, 2021, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum

Loto-Québec IT technician accused of stealing thousands from customer accounts
By Kate Northrop After a year-long investigation, a former employee at Loto-Qu bec was accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from customer accounts that were supposedly inactive. Martin Raymond, 37, a former systems analyst who worked at an online gambling call center at Loto-Qu bec, was accused Wednesday of stealing funds from customer accounts he deemed inactive. He stole over $20,000 (US$16,000) from about 30 customer gaming accounts in over a few months between the winter and s ...
Jul 10, 2021, 2:50 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery scams and fake sweepstakes cost Americans $227 million in 2020
Report finds that victims lost 33% more money in scams compared to 2019 By Kate Northrop A report on sweepstakes, lottery and prize scams revealed that Americans lost a whopping $227 million to con artists last year. Better Business Bureau investigator Steve Baker put out some eye-opening statistics that show a decrease in complaints but a troubling 33% increase in the amount of money lost by Americans to scammers. Kathy Chapman told CBS News the story about how her unsuspecting 84-y ...
Jun 14, 2021, 10:37 am - Lottery News forum

Pennsylvania man arrested after using scissors and glue to make winning lottery tickets
The cut-and-paste con was caught By Kate Northrop Police arrested and jailed a Pennsylvania man on Tuesday after he was caught altering scratch-off lottery tickets to look like winners using scissors and a glue stick. Craig Marshall Stout, 45, of Jeannette tried cashing in his DIY lottery tickets at a 7-Eleven convenience store on Fosterville Road in Hempfield but failed to get away with it this time. His cut-and-paste methods had initially worked. Stout brought in three other fake t ...
Apr 7, 2021, 9:01 pm - Lottery News forum

New Jersey scammer defrauds 3 elderly women of $675,000
Lotteries urge players to be wary of the telltale signs you are being scammed By Kate Northrop A scammer from New Jersey tricked three elderly women across the country into sending her over $675,000 by convincing them that they owed prepaid taxes as a prerequisite for claiming a prize that didn't exist. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for New Jersey, Shanile Lyle, 27, of Orange was charged on Monday with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud after wrongly convincing her v ...
Dec 4, 2020, 2:39 pm - Lottery News forum

"Lottery Lawyer" Jason Kurland charged with robbing jackpot winners of millions
Self-branded New York attorney is accused of stealing millions from his clients By Kate Northrop The self-titled Lottery Lawyer attorney who advised dozens of significant jackpot winners across the country is now being charged by New York federal prosecutors for stealing millions of dollars from his clients. Jason Jay Kurland has been charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering in an indictment revealed today. Prosecutors are estimating that Kurland stole more than $80 ...
Aug 18, 2020, 6:48 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery scammer who stole thousands from elderly women pleads guilty
Exposed fraud ring defrauded 16 known victims in a two and a half-year conspiracy By Kate Northrop A Colombian woman who helped a fraud ring execute lottery scams that systematically targeted grandmothers was found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Tuesday, Luisa Camargo, 39, was sentenced to nine months in jail (that she already served) and two years on supervised release. After joining the fraud ring and causing thousands of dollars in losses, she alone will pay $38,069 in re ...
Jun 24, 2020, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum

Wisconsin woman receives probation for stealing and cashing $25,000 lottery ticket
Former convenience store clerk gets a total of three years' probation for theft and fraud By Kate Northrop Jessica N. Surratt, 32, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin was sentenced on Tuesday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to fraud for cashing a winning ticket worth $25,000. This is in addition to the one year of probation she was initially handed for the theft of tickets back in 2018. On June 16, 2018, Surratt stole nine scratch-off lottery tickets from the Portage Market Bask ...
May 28, 2020, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum

Michigan Lottery warns public about increase in prize scams during coronavirus outbreak
The Michigan Lottery is warning the public about a scam in which people are told they've won a big prize but need to pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect it. The scam works like this: A person gets a letter, email, or phone call to inform them that they've won a big lottery prize but must pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect the prize. If the person agrees to pay a fee, the scam artist convinces them to mail a cashier's check, make an ele ...
Apr 8, 2020, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum

Man exploits Arizona Lottery vending machine flaw, gets $55K worth of free tickets
A man is accused of exploiting a flaw in the Arizona Lottery vending machines to get over $55,000 worth of lottery tickets. Earlier this week, the Arizona Attorney general's Office filed charges against Everado Najera-Nava, 40, for computer tampering and fraud. Investigators say that Nava exploited a flaw in Arizona Lottery vending machines that gave him $54,699 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them. Police say Nava would enter his debit card into the machine to start the transa ...
Mar 15, 2020, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum

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