A new type of fraud appeared on the Internet.
Under the guise of a lottery, you receive a letter that you participated in the lottery in absentia, your email address was chosen from several million such addresses and, of course, you won. At first you do not believe and think that this is a fraud or a rally, but anyway, you answer this letter. And what the hell is not joking? Suddenly really won?
You are covered with all sorts of photocopies of winning certificates issued in your name or e-mail address, asking to fill out some forms. And in general they are interested in how you want to receive your winnings: by check, transfer to a bank account or just want to come and collect your suitcase of money yourself. Naturally, the latter option is chosen by the unit. And you start to think that you still do not lose anything, even if you tell the bank account number, even if there is nothing there. And send a photocopy of your passport and bank book or plastic card.
Then comes a series of tedious paper deals and written negotiations. Moreover, you can even be contacted by phone and negotiate this way. You are already beginning to think that this is all serious. And then you are sent an extract from the legislation to exclude the possibility of plundering your prize fund, there is an item in the law that under no circumstances can anyone withdraw from your prize money a cent. And that your interests in court represented by a lawyer, you need to pay him. In principle, there are many excuses that, for example, you still have to pay for the courier’s travel to your country, which can not again be made from your foundation by law. Therefore, you are offered to pay 2 or 3 thousand dollars. You are already looking at this, doubting.
But then a letter comes to you that time is working against you and money can be lost. You are asked to pay only half of this money or pay them in installments. Many people come across this, because with a lot of letters (correspondence can take several weeks), a copy of the passport of the person who is in charge of you, a certificate of yours, a certificate in his name for the right to deal with this case, is sent. This is all, of course, fakes. Also you are given addresses of companies representatives of lottery organizers, addresses of banks, addresses of sites. Even if you check, it really can be that such a person exists, and works in this bank. But to the person that you correspond with, he has nothing to do. Or do a simple site in a few days. Really, if you live in Australia and the bank is in Nigeria, you will check the existence of this bank, even if you personally visited his site. Of course not!
Money for the services of an attorney or courier can be offered to you to send $ 100, or even $ 20. To be able simply to tell you that you were delayed a little with payment, and the lawyer refused to do your business. And there is no time to contact another lawyer. Therefore, you are warned in advance that with your inactive cooperation, the entire prize fund can become the property of the state. Naturally, the faster you send money to scammers, the faster they can cover up tracks and go unpunished.
Even if you do not send scammers a cent, the scammers still have the opportunity to earn some money on you. Since they already have a photocopy of your passport and bank book or plastic card, they simply can register you on some paid site. For example, on the site of the Internet casino. And registration on some such sites with attached copies of passports and plastic cards can cost from $ 20 to 50.
So be careful, dear users of the World Wide Web!
But this does not exclude your chance to win a real Internet lottery. Even if your chance is one of a hundred million !!!