Spain nabs con artists in major lottery scam
Spanish police have arrested 43 Africans on suspicion of running a fraud ring in which people were duped into paying money as a handling charge to collect fake lottery winnings.
(Editor's note: See http://www.usamega.com/lottery-scams.asp for a description of this type of lottery scam.)
Authorities estimate the men 42 Nigerians and one Senegalese bilked people out of more than 2 million (US$2.6 million) altogether. They were arrested Tuesday in Seville, and another five Nigerians were ...
Feb 7, 2007, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Two Canadian lottery scammers arrested
Two Abbotsford, British Columbia, men were arrested Saturday by Bellingham police in connection with a lottery scam that cheated its victims of thousands of dollars.
James Richard Jongkind, and Daniel Mark Duerksen, both 25, were apprehended in a lottery fraud investigation that involves victims from across the United States.
We are expecting to discover more victims and greater monetary losses as this investigation continues, said Police Chief Randall Carroll in a press release.
Jan 19, 2007, 3:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Gang 'used 007-style gadgets' to cheat casinos
A chef who turned high-tech poker cheat with an array of James Bond-style spy equipment to pocket an estimated 250,000 (US$491,000) was jailed for nine months today.
Yau Yiv Lam, 45, and two other partners in crime, repeatedly preyed on casinos throughout London using miniature up-the-sleeve cameras and virtually invisible earpieces to reverse the odds and chalk up a string of spectacular wins.
As he filmed cards dealt by the croupier, footage was beamed to an accomplice in a van equipp ...
Jan 15, 2007, 4:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Stolen lottery tickets lead to bathroom standoff
A robbery involving Texas Lottery tickets led to a standoff in a public bathroom Tuesday morning in northwest Harris County near Houston.
Sheriff's deputies said a group of armed gunmen stole lottery tickets from a convenience store early Tuesday.
Several hours later, a man returned to the store and tried to cash one of those stolen tickets. Employees told deputies they called for help when the man went to the restroom.
The man was still there when deputies arrived, and employees and ...
Jan 10, 2007, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida officer unable to accept $1,000 lottery ticket gift
Imagine if someone handed you a winning lottery ticket worth $1,000, but you couldn't spend it. That's exactly what happened to a Holly Hill police officer.
A mystery woman handed the officer the ticket.
Investigator Chris Yates got a bittersweet holiday surprise as he worked an extra shift at a Holly Hill Publix. A stranger handed him an envelope.
Stuffed a folded up envelope into my left hand and said, 'Merry Christmas,' and walked away from me, Yates explained.
It turned ou ...
Dec 14, 2006, 4:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Man fined $225,000 for role in lottery scheme
A White Rock, British Columbia, man who pleaded guilty to being involved in a direct-mail lottery scheme that brought in $47 million has been fined $225,000.
Tom Taylor, 60, participated in selling shares of lottery tickets to thousands of residents in the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand who sent in money for a share over a seven-year period ending in 2002.
In addition to the fine, Mr. Taylor, who was charged under lottery and gaming provisions in the Criminal Code, must ...
Dec 14, 2006, 6:54 am - Lottery News forum
Despite dire predictions, Net gambling not changed by new U.S. law
When President George W. Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act in October, many reports gave the impression it sounded like the death knell for the multibillion-dollar Web-based gambling industry.
On the contrary, all it did was strictly regulate the process by which funds are transferred from users of the sites to the offshore companies which own and operate them. The practice itself wasn't declared illegal.
Reputable foreign companies wh ...
Dec 8, 2006, 10:56 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery 'joke' wins man fine, year probation
James A. Koons Jr.'s practical joke backfired in a big way.
According to his attorney, the Hegins man thought it would be funny to fake a $853,496 winning Powerball ticket and leave it underneath a newspaper in the break room at the Roadway Express terminal in Middlesex Twp.
Instead of a laugh, Koons and an unwitting co-worker ended up in a legal mess.
Yesterday, Cumberland County President Judge Edgar B. Bayley sentenced Koons, 38, to 12 months of probation and fined him $2,500 for ...
Dec 6, 2006, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery raffle tickets being illegally re-sold
Special Florida Lottery $20 holiday raffle game tickets that sold out over the weekend are now appearing for sale illegally on an online auction site, in some cases for thousands of dollars.
Since the Florida Lottery only printed up 1.25 million tickets, the Holiday Millionaire Raffle is the best chance ever for Floridians to win a $1 million.
However, some Floridians are trying to cash in early by illegally selling their tickets.
We found that these $20 slips of paper are in extrem ...
Dec 6, 2006, 7:14 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. only state with no lottery sales on Election Day
Reason for the law is unclear
South Carolinians can pick politicians and decide a slew of state issues Tuesday, but they can't elect to buy a lottery ticket or a bottle of booze.
State law prohibits the sale of both on statewide election days.
While a ban on selling liquor isn't unique to South Carolina, it is very likely that shutting down the state lottery is. And the reason lottery tickets are forbidden isn't nearly as clear as a banned bottle of vodka.
I think we're the only sta ...
Nov 7, 2006, 1:24 pm - Lottery News forum