Lottery Scratch Card Winner

 

Lottery Scratch Card Winners: How The Scam Works

(with video below) As you probably know, most grocery stores have free magazine stands at their exit doors. Imagine this: one day, you find some lottery scratch cards on those stands. You pick one, scratch it and bam! The 3 numbers (or 5) in a row match! You are a winner and are required to call a phone number provided. What you don't know is that the number is a premium line. What is a premium line? They've been booming since 2011 on, making it even now, in 2020, huge incomes. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see in action how this sneaky premium line works:

How Premium Rate Numbers Work Video

You call, wait on the line for a bit, and are then asked to provide a confirmation number found on your winning card. You punch that in and wait for the long congratulatory message, validating you that you are a winner. Then you will be required to give some personal information.

The length of the whole call is over 4 minutes and you will be charged a fortune because this is a hotline. Also, your personal information will be sold to telemarketers.

 

Scratch Card Winners Scam: How To Avoid

Firstly, there's no such thing as a free lottery card. Secondly, never trust lottery scratch cards that ask you to call a number. Especially if it starts with 1-888 or something like this.

 

Scratch Card Winners Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers (phone number) to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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6 Comments

  1. Ethel Barnes says:

    I was taken in by a Travel firm Ravine Travel who selected my name from the phone book and the scratch card said I had won 2nd prize of $160000. I did ring the number in Malaysia- fortunately only 39cents. Their plan was veruy plausible and elaborate involving someone from Leon Philip. They said the Hong Kong gov.required me to send $3600 to release the money and that would be returned later. I did noit have the money but my daughter offered to lend it to me as Carlos Tay sounded so caring and genuine (ha!ha!) When I went to send it at the P.O. the girl showed me your website and one guy even mentioned Carlos, so despite phone calls to find out if I had sent the money I did not so beware of Travel brochures. So many people must be involved in this scam.

  2. Neil says:

    The covering travel company documentation often looks very professional,the website looks good, all very plausible. Phone and email contacts are well handled from either Malaysia or HongKong, but once there is any suggestion of paying money up front to collect money, STOP if you havent already dumped them.

  3. W Booth says:

    I think Carlos Tay could make more money as an actor or put his talents to a legitimate business. they must put a lot of capital into this scam. I am wondering what the percentage is of people who actually send money.

  4. sandra forbes says:

    My husband and I got caught with this scam except we didn’t know how they got our name and address as we’d moved interstate only 3 weeks earlier and nobody knew our new contacts.Older people are just too trusting.

  5. Margot says:

    This time it is called Blue Jazz Travel and a Mr Frankie Tay is the person on the other end of the phone in Malaysia. Dont get caught up. It’s all very plausible. and there is a link to a Hong Kong Sponsor – Mike & Joyce Ltd. STOP before you give any details that can be used in identity theft.

  6. Mike says:

    Distributed last week with the Evening Standard Colour Supplement.was one of these scam Scratch Cards. I was disappointed with the paper in allowing this as I thought they had higher standards.

    Scratching revealed two of the three chances were winners, one of which could be £1 million. The card advises this is the case for 94% of the cards. I now have to contact the card company to find out what I have won and obtain a claim number. Problem is contacting the company costs around £9-10!
    Instead, I shall be writing to them at :-
    Freepost Cash Card, Purely Creative, 1 Mannin Way, Caton Road, Lancaster,
    to express my displeasure and suggest others do same.

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