Lottery Winning other prize Phone Scams Warning
Source: admin Release Time: 05:26:48 2018-09-13
Victims receive a call from someone saying they've won the big prize in a lottery - to the tune of about $500,000. It could be a prize from a popular company draw such as Bank of America, Dream Lottery, Publishers Clearing House, or even a charity lottery. The caller will often try to get you excited and sell you on emotional statements like "your kids are taken care of now" or "your retirement is well-deserved."Once the excitement of being a lottery winner has subsided, the caller will inform you that there are a few things that have to be done to claim the money.The main thing that you will be told is that you have to pay taxes on your prize in order to claim it. Usually, the caller will tell you that there is a 5% tax on your winnings. In some cases, the prize will be a car and not money but the fees that have to be paid will be the same. Unfortunately, the desire for fast cash can get you scammed out of thousands of dollars. There are many different variations of lottery phone scams out there that use excitement of finding out you just won a huge amount of money as a way to rip unsuspecting people off. Beating the Scammers at Their Own Game:Beating the scammers at their own game should be one of your top concerns when getting a call like this. A surefire way to keep the scammers from getting to you is by hanging up on them as soon as you hear them make the claim that you have won the lottery. Many phone scammers will make threats against you if you do not comply with their demands, for this reason it's best to just hang up immediately and not engage with them in conversation. Most of the lottery winner phone calls come from outside of the United States. If you receive a call from an 876 number do not answer it, this is an area code of Jamaica. There have been so many incidences of Jamaican lottery scams targeting elderly in the United States and Canada that a task force has been created to fight it and catch the scammers on the island.