Toyota Lottery Scam: How It Works
Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and AOL users around the world have been receiving an email coming supposedly from the Toyota headquarters. The message informs the recipients about a Toyota lottery winning and congratulates them about the award: a brand new Toyota vehicle and some big cash on the side, 2 million dollars! The sender uses the name Rania Luqman, but of course – it could be any other name, so beware.
The scam is based on the same trick that any lottery winning scheme uses. What is that? Let's take a look.
Watch the video below to see how the Lottery Car Winning scam works:
How does the scam work? In order to receive the Toyota money, the winners are required to pay a "state or provincial tax", which typically is 0.5% of the winnings. Excited to get two million dollars and just pay such a small amount in exchange, victims send the 1% fee to a PO Box. What's 0.5% of 2 million? That's a big lump sum, too: $10,000!
The fact that transfers can be completed without the recipient having to provide any identifying information is ideal for criminals. Once the crooks gain your trust, they can then accept the payment in such a way that it is all but impossible for law enforcement to trace the fraud back to them.
How The Toyota Email Looks Like
Here is a how a bogus message from the Toyota headquarters looks like:
"Toyota Motor Corporation Persiaran Raja Muda,
40200 Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
You have won the sum of $2,000.000.00 and a brand new Toyota Land Cruiser SUV from TOYOTA AUTOMOBILE LOTTERY on our 2018/2019 GATEWAY bonanza your winning ticket was selected from a Data Base of Internet Email Users, from which your Address came out as the winning coupon We hereby urge you to claim your winning amount quickly as this is a monthly lottery. Failure to claim your winnings will result into the reversion of the fund to our following month.you are therefore requested to contact us immediately quoting your winning number : 71 85 30 55 29 84 Provide the following information needed to process your winning claim.
(*Age/Date Of Birth*_
Best Regards, Mrs. Rania Luqman".
Toyota Lottery Scam: How To Avoid
There are a bunch of few red flags here. Check the content for grammar mistakes – there are tons in the text above. Also, when the sender refers to you with "Dear winner" rather than your name you should stay away. These are just mail-merged emails.
Toyota Lottery Scam: How To Report
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