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What if the winning notification refers to a web site?

Anyone can purchase and register a domain name.  A domain is the name of the web site.  For instance, is Fraud-Aid's domain.  No background check is made to determine if the person who is purchasing and registering a domain is legitimate because a domain is merely a rented space on the Internet.  Nothing more.

Lottery winning notifications often refer to web sites that are supposed to be a bank, or a security company, or a courier service, or an online lottery web site.  Fraud criminals purchase domains by the hundreds.  These false web sites appear to be legitimate unless a person is trained to recognize them as false.

One of the many ways in which fraud criminals trick their victims is to create a false bank web site.  They tell the victim that the lottery money has been deposited in the [false] bank in the victim's name.  They give the victim a user name and password to look at the "money" in his or her account. 

When the victim looks at the online account he or she will see a balance equal to the promised winnings.  If the amount is not equal to the promised winnings, it still shows a very large balance.  The truth is that there is no money.  Anyone can create a password protected web page in just a few minutes.  It is very easy to do.  Making the page look like an online bank account is very easy.

The victim is told that the money cannot be withdrawn unless a large cash deposit is made to "release" the money.  The fraud criminal gives the victim the name of a different bank, an account number, an account name, and a bank routing number.  Once the victim sends the cash and the cash reaches the fraud criminal's bank account, the money is withdrawn and the account is closed.  The criminal then gives the victim many false reasons for why the deposit did not release the money.  The victim is told that more money has to be sent for other false reasons.


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Can I or my family be physically injured by lottery fraud criminals?

Yes! You can be physically injured and even killed by lottery fraud criminals.  They are very dangerous people.  So far, physical injury, kidnapping, and murder have only occurred in West Africa and South Africa.  Some people who travel to South Africa to take possession of their [false] winnings have terrible things happen to them.  People who travel to West Africa (Nigeria and neighboring countries) for face-to-face meetings with the scammers have been beaten, kidnapped, or murdered.

So far, we have not heard that lottery criminals have injured anyone outside of West Africa and South Africa, but if you are being threatened, please go HERE. 

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The lottery criminals are threatening to report me to the FBI and the Secret Service.  Can they do that?

The people who are threatening you are fraud criminals.  They are participating in criminal activity.  They cannot threaten you with notifying law enforcement (the FBI, the Secret Service, and Scotland Yard are the most popular agency names the scammers use) because to do so they have to explain the situation.  The FBI and the Secret Service are aware of this criminal activity.  Also, using threats to frighten you into sending them money is called extortion and is against the law in all countries.  You do not have to worry about their threats.  Do not pay any attention to them.  Ignore their threats.  It is a good thing to report the threats to the FBI or the Secret Service or Scotland Yard.  You should do this immediately. 

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