How to identify a lottery Scam?

How to identify a lottery Scam?

How to identify a lottery Scam?

Lottery scammers usually come in the form of advance-fee cons in which scammers contact individuals and falsely claim that the person is a winner.  Then they request an upfront fee to claim and secure the winnings. They ask for a small amount (typically in the range of thousands of dollars) in exchange for securing a comparatively large amount (typically in the range of millions of dollars).

In this Blog , you are going to read about the various types of scams that lottery players should be aware of to avoid them.  But do note that  It is not possible to win a prize for a lottery that you have not entered in the first place. Authorities are never going to contact you regarding a win and will certainly not ask for an upfront fee before you receive your winnings.

How does it work?

  • Victim is asked to pay an upfront fee in the name of security or taxes. So  know that the lottery association is never going to ask for “security” or taxes before you receive your winnings.
  • The correspondence sent to the victim will indicate that they are required to act to claim their prize as soon as possible and urges them to keep it ‘confidential’. This is intended to prevent the receiver from seeking advice from others as it may expose their scam.  
  • Be alert for poor grammar or vocabulary used in the email or letter. Moreover, scammers tend to address the receiver as “holder”, “reader”, or “email holder”, rather than addressing the victim by name.
  • Don’t be fooled by letters or emails that appear legitimate and authentic. In today’s world of digital images and Photoshop, it is easy to create convincing images and use the name of legitimate lottery associations or other government agencies like the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Types of lottery Scams?

Email

This scam begins by sending an email to the victim. This is the easiest and most common way to execute a scam. The email conveys that the receiver has won a huge sum in the lottery and they need to transfer or wire the money to “secure” their winnings. Once they are done paying their taxes and other expenses, victims are told that they will receive their cash prize. Such emails usually have a link, at the end of the mail. The link redirects the victim to a bogus website where they can claim their winnings. This scam is a variation on typical “phishing” techniques meant to trick victims into sharing personal information. The link in the email can also be used to gain access to personal data through the user’s  device.

Mail

Similar to the email scam, mail can also convince that you’ve won a huge sum of money in the lottery and they need you to mail back a portion of the sum you’re going to receive in the future as security and other expenses.  Since many people are alert to email scams, traditional mail scams can feel more authentic and make it more difficult to immediately check if others are receiving the same message

Phone Calls

Scammers can target victims via phone calls simply by calling from unknown numbers and telling victims that the caller is working on behalf of a legitimate lottery association. The scammer will claim that you’ve won a huge sum in the lottery and then ask for a bank account or credit card details because they need you to pay an upfront fee to secure your winning. They will compel you to act upon it immediately without consulting any professional advisor or even family member, for the obvious reasons. Be cautious as scammers often use specific area codes that look like domestic numbers to trick victims so do be careful .

Text Messages

Scammers can also target their victims via text messaging simply by telling them that they’ve won something great. Sometimes to claim the prize, they ask the victim to call the number back, often on a premium rate number.

Social Media

Social Media is another platform used by scammers to execute their scams. Users can expect messages or posts on their personal Facebook profiles from fake profiles claiming that they’ve won a Mega Millions prize. Then they are told to act immediately upon it and follow a specific, often suspicious link to claim their prize.

Be aware of the frauds and always take cautious steps before giving out your personal details. If you believe that you have been contacted by scammers, you can file a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) which is a consumer protection agency that is available in your country.

Goodluck!

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The world best lottery stories

The world best lottery stories

 The world best lottery stories

  The world best lottery stories .There are many unusual things that can happen to players. Here are some amazing stories of how your path to a jackpot may not be as simple as we imagine. Have a look below:

  • Feeling lucky? Play the lottery!

Two friends, Carly Wiggett and Becky Witt, purchased lottery tickets after Carly’s mother read their horoscope in the daily newspaper which predicted that they were in for a huge windfall. Feeling lucky, the duo bought a ticket and won more than £336,000 in 2013.

  • Oldest winner

Nguyen, a 97-year-old man from Vietnam, is recorded as the oldest lottery winner who won $340,000 in 2010. He spent his whole life living a poor lifestyle and struggled to spend that kind of money. He eventually gave most of it away and the little he saved spent on a new TV, some meat and a sack of rice for himself and everyone living in the same alley as him.

3.Disastrous Divorce

When Denise Rossi won $1.3 million in the California state lottery, she demanded a divorce from her husband. She did not tell her husband about her winnings and left her husband Thomas without a word. Her husband was suspicious and hesitant but granted her a divorce anyway.

When he later learned that his wife had kept the lottery winning a secret from him,he sued Denise for not disclosing her winnings in the divorce. Remarkably, the judge awarded him every cent he deserved!

  1. The  Queen of the Lotto

The Queen of England reportedly won £10 on the first ever UK lotteries. The headlines read, “ONE’S WON.” There is no information available about whether she claimed the prize or not!

  1. Migrant wins big

An unemployed Senegalese man was rescued by the Spanish coast guard after making the dangerous journey from Morocco eight years ago.  In 2015, he won the equivalent of £296,000 in Spain’s annual Christmas. He was overwhelmed and said, “I want to give thanks to Spaniards and the Spanish government for rescuing me when I was in the sea.”

  1. Suspicious Numbers 

In September 2009, the same six numbers were drawn in two consecutive rounds of the country’s national lottery raising suspicions of lottery tampering. The odds of this happening were calculated to be one in 4 billion by the statisticians. Surprisingly, no one won in the first drawing but there were about 18 winners of the second-tier prize and the lottery association split the top prize between them.

  1. Dream Becomes Reality Dream

Terry Vigus bagged £1.7 million in 2014 after dreaming of the winning numbers. He claims that he dreamt the winning numbers, he said, “I saw the balls drop and one by one they matched the numbers on my ticket. In my dream, I had matched five and was waiting for the sixth ball to fall when I suddenly woke up.”  

Winning a lottery changes lives in unpredictable ways. But it is entirely up to you and the choices you make. 

Goodluck!

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What are the odds of winning Powerball?

What are the odds of winning Powerball?

What are the odds of winning Powerball?

What are the odds of winning Powerball? Did you know that there are 9 possible ways to win the cash prize in the Powerball lottery. Prize division and the odds for winning the prize for Powerball is as given below:

  • First Prize: To win the first prize, you need to match all five numbers and the Red Powerball and the odds of winning it are 1 in 292,201,338.
  • Second Prize: To win the second prize, you need to match 5 numbers correctly and the odds of winning it are 1 in 11,688,053.
  • Third Prize: To win the third prize, you need to match 4 numbers and the Red Powerball and the odds are 1 in 913,129.
  • Fourth Prize: To win the fourth prize, you need to match 4 numbers correctly and the odds of winning it are 1 in 36,525.
  • Fifth Prize: To win the fifth prize, you need to match 3 numbers and the Red Powerball and the odds are 1 in 14,495.
  • Sixth Prize: To win the sixth prize, you need to match 3 numbers correctly and the odds of winning it are 1 in 579.
  • Seventh Prize: To win the seventh prize, you need to match 2 numbers and the Red Powerball and the odds are 1 in 701.
  • Eighth Prize:  To win the eighth prize, you need to match 1 number and the Red Powerball and the odds are 1 in 92.
  • Ninth Prize: To win the ninth prize, you need to match only the Red Powerball and the odds are 1 in 25.

Goodluck!

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