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When do they ask for money?

They usually ask for money in the second or third letter; sometimes they ask for money in the first letter or the fourth letter.  It can come at any time during the correspondence.

About the money:

Legitimate lotteries that require the purchase of a ticket, free lotteries or games of chance (also known as Sweepstakes) or any kind of drawing whatsoever, never, EVER ask you for money before handing over your winnings. 

They do not have to.  There are no fees of any kind.  If you really win a lottery or Sweepstakes, the only money you owe is the tax you personally pay directly to your government.  This tax is never paid through anyone else or by anyone else.  This is true in every country.

 

  

Scammers tell you that you must pay money for bank fees, storage, shipping, and a long line of false reasons.  Every single reason, every document is false.  All documents are counterfeit or forged.  There are no fees for insurance.  There is no document or charge stating that the "winnings" will not be used for terrorism or illegal purposes.  No such document exists.  Lottery money is not stored at a security house.  Lottery money is not shipped in cash.  Lottery money is not sent by courier.

Lottery and Sweepstakes money is sent by check using DHL, UPS, or FedEx.  The check is from the Lottery Company and has the lottery company name on the check. 

For instance, if you win the ABC Lottery, the check will say ABC Lottery on it.  The address for ABC Lottery will be correct.  It will be one that you can verify on your own, without asking the people who wrote the letters.  Why does the check come from the lottery company and have the lottery company name on it?  Because the lottery or Sweepstakes wants you to make copies of the check.  They want you to show it to everyone so that more people will buy lottery tickets or register for Sweepstakes.  This is very important to them. 

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Is anything in the winning notification letter true?

NO.  Nothing in the winning notification letter is true. 

 

All the letters are sent by people in a fraud network.  A fraud network is made up of

If you walk into one of these boiler room, you see a lot of laptop computers and cell phones.  Cell phones might be piled on tables or on beds.  Each cell phone has a different name taped on the back. 

Actually, two names are written there.  One is the name of a scam victim, the other is the name of the character the scammer is playing. 

That is how each criminal knows what to say on the phone because the lies are based on the victim's name written on the tape and the phony name attached to that phone number. 

Each criminal in the fraud cell knows which one of them is corresponding with that particular victim, and knows what part to play.  One single criminal in a boiler room can be using as many as 30 different false names and titles. 

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I have received a check/money order or other drafts and I am supposed to send

some of the money to ____________.

DANGER!!  DO NOT TOUCH THAT DRAFT!  The check or money order you have received is COUNTERFEIT or stolen and you are responsible for the entire amount.  You are responsible for any money you spend and any money you send to anyone else.  If the bank or check casher is not aware of this crime, then you could be arrested.  Also, you owe taxes on the money that you kept. 

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I wired money by Western Union or MoneyGram.  Can I get it back?

No, I am afraid you cannot get your money back.  This is true for 3 reasons. 

 

(1) Once the funds are sent through Western Union or MoneyGram and picked up at the other end, there is no trail to follow.

 

(2) You don't really know where you are sending the money or who is going to pick it up. 

 

The funds you wire by Western Union can be picked up at any Western Union office within one of their regional hubs, and can be picked up by anyone who furnishes the specified password or code, or who presents identification, which is often false.

 

The money you wire through MoneyGram can be picked up anywhere in the world by anyone who furnishes the specified password or code, or who presents identification, which is often false. 

 

(3)  The criminals do not put the money in a savings account.  It is spent immediately.  The money goes to fund further scam operations, amusement, opening and maintaining drug routes, and creating and maintaining other criminal activities,. 

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