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Lottery Winner Donation Scam


Lottery Winner Donation Scam: How It Works

The scam is trending now in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, 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. The last two names of scammers - or rather the ones they use - are Dave Johnson, Michael J Wiersky, as well and Frances & Patrick Connolly. In this article we will show you how the scam works and how to find out if a profile is fake.

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. Alternatively, the scammers send emails offering the donation (amount varies). In order to do that, they ask the victims for their bank account, in order to transfer the promised money. In exchange, they are required to pay 'a small tax' that apparently is needed for international donations.

Needless to say, the 'lucky' followers were rather unfortunate for giving their personal information away. However, be aware that scammers may use other names too, such as philantropists or business people.

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

Lottery Winner Scam Video

Potential victims are taking this to social media, exposing the scammers. Here is a last Tweet from user @maelen:



Lottery Winner Donation Scam: How to Avoid

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.

Meanwhile, be careful on all kinds of scams that promise big outcomes such as the Gold IRA Investment Scam, Cancelled Flight Compensation and any kind of loan approvals.


How To Find Out If a Profile Is Fake

Here is some good news. Watch the video below to see how you can easily identify if the profile contacting you on social is a fake (you can apply to all, not just Facebook).



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Educate yourself with the videos below:


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3. The Nigerian Scam [Docu-Drama]

This movie shows how a victim lost over $30,000 to an intricate scheme which is still around years later.

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