Sweepstakes / Lottery Scams from Canada
Area residents, especially seniors, should be aware of scams which have generally been operating from Canada. Those who seem to be most susceptible to these scams are people who participate in sweepstakes entries, which they receive through the mail.
Foreign Lottery Scams
These new scams involve con artists who attempt to convince the victim that he/she has won a foreign lottery or sweepstake. They will usually contact the victim by phone and advise him that he has won a large amount of money, usually in excess of $100,000, and that he (the caller) is from the United States or Canadian Customs office. The caller will tell the victim that to receive the check, he must first pay taxes or some type of fee. This amount varies but could be several thousand dollars.
Usually the calls are made from Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. The callers are very convincing and ask that the money be sent by Western Union or otherwise wired to a location in Canada.
Criminals Are Persistent
Victims may be contacted more than once by someone other than the original caller telling them that he is an attorney with a bank in Canada verifying the victims’ winnings or giving them a phone number to call to verify the winnings.
Once the victim sends the money, he/she is usually contacted again and advised that the money that the victim sent was not enough to satisfy the taxes or fees and more money will need to be sent. The FBI advises that over $100 million has been stolen and that the figure will probably rise.
The callers are very convincing and do not give up easily. Here are some things to consider:
- Trust your instincts; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Be suspicious of unsolicited calls inquiring if you would like your name entered into lottery pools, especially foreign.
- Mail which is notifying you of winning large sums of money.
- Notification of winnings in which the caller advises seniors not to tell their children or friends of their winnings.
Ozark man wins $100,000 with Lottery Scratchers ticket
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Dean Highfill of Ozark uncovered a $100,000 top prize on a Missouri Lottery “Blazin 7s” Scratchers ticket, according to the Missouri Lottery.
Highfill purchased the winning ticket from Star Mart, 3905 W. Chestnut Expressway, in Springfield.
“Blazin 7s” is a $5 game that was introduced on Sept. 23, 2019. All current Missouri Lottery Scratchers tickets can be scanned on the lottery’s mobile app and on Check-A-Ticket machines at retail to determine if a ticket is a winner.
According to the Missouri Lottery, in the most recent fiscal year, players in Christian County won more than $9.4 million in Missouri Lottery prizes. Retailers received more than $968,000 in commissions and bonuses, and an additional $5.9 million went to education programs in the county.
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Last week, the Missouri Lottery announced a $777,777 Scratchers game winner from Bolivar.
Charles Combs of Bolivar won the top prize on the Lottery’s “Triple Red 7s” Scratchers ticket.
Combs bought the winning ticket at Fast n’ Friendly, 1602 E. Broadway St. in Bolivar, and claimed his prize at the lottery’s Springfield office on May 4.Dean Highfill of Ozark bought the winning “Blazin 7s” Scratchers ticket in a Springfield Star Mart, winning a $100,000 prize. ]]>