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PSA: Foreign Lottery Scam

PSA: Foreign Lottery Scam
Public Service Announcement

Fraud Detail
850 Bryant St. Rm 421
San Francisco, CA. 94103

Don't Fall Victim to a Foreign Lottery Scam

Lottery Scams

Golden International Sweepstakes Re: Cash Prize Payout / Final Notice You have been approved for a lump sump payment of $ 239,000.00 USD.

Sound wonderful? It's a scam!

Scam operators – often based in Canada, United Kingdom and Nigeria, are using the telephone, direct mail and e-mail to entice San Francisco and Bay Area residents that they have won large sum of money from a foreign lottery from as far away as Australia, Spain, Mexico, Canada and United Kingdom.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), most promotions for foreign lotteries are likely to be phony.

According to the FTC, consumers who are thinking about responding or playing a foreign lottery should remember:

If you play a foreign lottery – through the mail or over the telephone: You are violating Federal Law.

Do not give out personal information or banking account numbers.

Beware of letters claiming you have won a foreign lottery with an official looking letter. Some may have a check that is suppose to cover the taxes in order to receive your winnings. Some letters may give a name and phone number to call and if you call you may talk to a real person whose job it is to have you send your money to them and receive nothing in return.

The bottom line, Ignore all mail, phone and emails solicitations for foreign lottery promotions. If you receive what looks like lottery material from a foreign country, please give it to your local postmaster or contact your local police.

Last updated: 9/14/2009 11:33:53 AM