Warning to Lottery Players Not to Fall for Mail Scams

The Missouri lottery is warning players not to fall for a national lottery mail scam. The mailings were purported to be from National Publishers Clearing House and Mega Million Clearing House, both of which list the Missouri Lottery’s headquarters as their own. The scam claims that recipients were drawn as winners in a Summer 2015…

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Vancouver Lottery Winner Sues Investment Adviser for $2.3 Million in Lost Funds

Mohammed Shakil Khan, a $4 million lottery winner in Canada, is suing Catherine Jones, his former financial adviser for investing his money in speculative ventures, selling blue chip equity-paying stocks on his behalf and investing the funds in risky ventures without his knowledge or consent. After winning the lottery, Khan decided to invest his money…

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Two Men Charged in Wisconsin Lottery Scheme

The Wisconsin state attorney general has charged a former lottery computer administrator and a friend with racketeering and theft by fraud in a Wisconsin lottery scheme. Eddie Tipton of Iowa also faces four counts of computer crime. The other man is Robert Rhodes of Texas. Allegedly, Tipton, who worked for the Multi-State Lottery Association in…

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Warns Consumers of Lottery Scams

Earlier this month, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane in Pennsylvania, warned consumers to be cautious of lottery and sweepstakes scams. Recently, the attorney general’s office has received several complaints from consumers regarding lottery and sweepstakes scams. In one popular scam, victims are asked to pay money in order to receive a prize they have supposedly…

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Ohioans Scammed in Lottery Scheme

One Ohio couple was defrauded out of $62,000 in a scam that has brought hundreds of complaints against the “European Lottery.” Clevelanders were sent letters from the phony lottery, telling them how to claim their $2.1 million prize by sending fees to cover taxes and handling fees. One couple fell for the scam, and sent…

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Lottery Scam Claims Another Victim

A South Dade, Florida woman, Cristina Font was victimized by a lottery scam in October. She allegedly lost $10,000 and was physically choked by one of the scammers. Two men allegedly approached her in October in a parking lot, claiming to have won $40,000 in the Florida lottery. Font got into the car of the…

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Foreign Lottery Mail Fraud Scam Warning

A man in Atlanta, Georgia was the victim of a foreign lottery mail scam on Saturday. Larry Simmons received a letter in the mail claiming he won $1.95 million in the EuroMillones lottery out of  Madrid, Spain. The letter claimed he won through a computer ballot system, and that he was one of 40 international…

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For Victims of Jamaican Lottery Scams

For over ten years, Jamaican lottery scams have been defrauding U.S. victims, most of them elderly. Over the years, the scams have taken more than 300 million dollars per year. Last week, Damion Bryan Barrett became the first Jamaican citizen to be extradited to the U.S. to face fraud charges. He was indicted in 2012,…

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For Lottery Scam Victims

Two men recently scammed an elderly man out of $19,000 by claiming that they had a winning lottery ticket. The two men approached the elderly man outside of a Family Dollar in Haines City, Florida, and, speaking Spanish, told him they had a winning lottery ticket they would give him in exchange for $19,000 in…

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Dunklin County, Missouri, Hotbed for Facebook Lottery Scams

Dunklin County, Missouri is now home to a new lottery scam, one that targets victims over social media, most notably, on Facebook. The scammers are reaching out to individuals on Facebook, claiming they won $1 million. The scammers then ask the individual for $1,500 to be sent to them in order to receive the lottery…

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