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Lottery Winner Donation Scam


Lottery Winner Donation Scam: How It Works

The scam is trending now in the UK, but regardless of what country or state you've been living in, here is an ingenious approach that scammers take when it comes to lottery winners.

Taking the example of Kelsey Zachow, a lucky girl who won 66 million dollars, criminals created fake Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts using her credentials. It is an easy task as lottery millionaires are being featured in the news with their success story.

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Using Kelsey's name, crooks posted a generous promise of donating $1,000 from her winnings to the first 75,000 Instagram followers. Once the number grew, the crooks were able to ask the naive fans for their bank account, in order to transfer the promised money. Needless to say, the 'lucky' followers were rather unfortunate for giving their personal information away.

Watch the video below to see a different variation of the Lottery Winner Scam exposed:

Lottery Winner Scam Video


Lottery Winner Donation Scam: How It Works

Keep in mind that new scammers could copy this scheme and use lottery winners' names from your region. Be very careful. As a fact, lottery winners are advised on the day of the claiming to close their social media accounts temporarily. Not to mention that - within days - they are approached for donations by hundreds of people and various local organizations.

Always do your research and trust only legitimate sources. If you really are into looking for ways to earn money or rewards online or from social media, there is a couple of alternatives that are trustworthy and can offer you great opportunities:


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