• Report: #137331

Complaint Review: Canadian Lottery Scams

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  • Submitted: Sat, April 02, 2005
  • Updated: Sun, April 03, 2005

  • Reported By:Arvada Colorado
Canadian Lottery Scams
Toronto, Ontario, Other Canada

Canadian Lottery Or Any Similar Variation Asking You To Wire Money To Canada Or Another Foreign Country Canadian Lottery Scandal RIPOFF Toronto, Ontario Canada

*Consumer Comment: Right on the Money - Canadian Scam artists usually target people outside their home state as most local police lack the resources to fight interstate crime

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Hi there. I work for one of the largest wire transfer companies in the world and I just wanted to make everyone aware that if you are EVER contacted by someone claiming that you have won a huge lottery jackpot, via phone, fax, or email OR US mail, and all that is required is to wire them your required TAXES or some such other nonsense.

DO NOT SEND MONEY TO THESE PEOPLE.

They are scam artists, and professional ones at that. They will tell you to place a "test question and answer" on your transaction, they may instruct you to lie to the agent wiring your money so as to protect your earnings. LEGITIMATE BUSINESS IS NEVER CONDUCTED IN THIS WAY! Please be aware that A TEST QUESTION AND ANSWER WILL NOT PROTECT YOUR MONEY. You can send this money in almost anyone's name, and if they can manufacture a fake ID (and they WILL, if they have to) all that they really need to pick up your money is an ID.

PLEASE DON'T SEND THESE PEOPLE YOUR MONEY. Once they have it, there is almost nothing that anyone can do. Take care of your elderly friends, neighbors, and family members, and make sure that these people are not contacting them, too. THEY ARE VERY LIKELY TO TARGET ELDERLY PEOPLE, AND THEY DO SO ON A REGULAR BASIS. Please don't believe these people, I talk to their victims every single day! If someone calls you giving you this kind of information, you should contact your local law enforcement right away. Be safe, it's YOUR money!

Rachel
Arvada, Colorado
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Right on the Money - Canadian Scam artists usually target people outside their home state as most local police lack the resources to fight interstate crime

AUTHOR: Larry - (U.S.A.)

Rachel,

You are so right!

My mother was targeted by these scammers a few years back and their nerve is unbelievable. One convinced my mother to withdraw several thousand dollars from the bank. Same story: "You won the Canadian Lottery and have to pay the taxes in advance." The bank manager was suspicious so she called the phone number they had given my mother. It was in Canada. The call was answered by a machine, so the bank manager left her number. A few moments later the scammer called her back and tried to convince this well-experienced bank manager that he was an official of the Canadian government and that they were going to send a "Customs Agent" to my mother's home in Ohio to pick up the money in a few days. It turns out that I was already going to be at my mother's home the day they were scheduled to pick up the money. I wish I could tell you about meeting one of these jerks face-to-face but it never happened. Probably because I left a message on their answering machine asking the "Customs Official" to wear his badge on his jacket so I would have something to aim at. (And yes, I would have gunned the bastard down. I really regret warning them of my plans.)

There must be a mailing list that circulates among the scammers because my mother was targeted over and over after falling for one of their scams. One outfit was sending my mother 20 pieces of mail each day, all of it claiming that she had won a contest and need to pay a processing fee to get her prize. I never get any mail like that.

By the way, I do not mean to imply that Canadians condone these scams. Scam artists usually target people outside their home state as most local police lack the resources to fight interstate crime. Operating from a foreign country just adds one more layer of complexity for law enforcement. Similar scams operate from Italy, India, Russia, and everywhere else.
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