Scam turns international lotto 'winners' into losers

There are 884 comments on the Roanoke Times story from May 11, 2006, titled Scam turns international lotto 'winners' into losers. In it, Roanoke Times reports that:

If you receive a check for winning the International Mega Lotto, watch out. The Better Business Bureau of Western Virginia said consumers around the nation are complaining about being told they are winners, ...

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Mansfield, UK

#656 Apr 1, 2008
THIS IS SO FAKE IS NOT REAL PEOPLE DONT BELIVE ANYTHING WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO IS TAKE UR MONEY FROM UR ACCOUNT.
HAPPY IN TEXAS

AOL

#657 Apr 2, 2008
i called the bank of lasalle bank @800-554-5507
and spoke with the customer service and gave them the check #. and and they said it a fraud account.
they said the only thing i can do is go to the post office and give them the letter and file a fraud claim. they will follow up on it. i hope everybody reads this. i believe GOD IS GREAT and these people will get what they deserve at the end when they try to cash in for salvation.
Nate

United States

#658 Apr 3, 2008
i received this letter in the mail that i was an international lotto winner. it was too good to be true. i looked it up on the internet to do some more research on the matter and made it to this site. i am glad i did not try an get rich quick. if it sounds to good to be true then its not trur. check it
Mike

Tyler, TX

#660 Apr 9, 2008
I received the same type of letter from Bryan Howard and Sheila Harris. I knew it was a scam (no lotto would ask for money to give you money), but checked into how it was working. It is fairly simple, the letter states "don't use the check until you call" so I did, Bryan Howard(funny name for a man with a middle east accent)answers and says, "you cash the check(some banks will cash them) and then call me back and I will tell you how to claim the rest of your money. I didn't cash it but waited a bit and called him back.(I believe he wants you to call back so he can either cancel the check or close the account) Now I was to send the $2970.00 to them to cover the fees, plus send my personal information and a copy of my drivers license. Now they would have almost $3000.00 profit and your information, which is a bigger prize to them than the cash you sent them.

My problem with this whole scam is...Why haven't they been caught...This has been going on for a while..They have telephone numbers on these letters that are very easily traced. Some people have actually sent them the money, which means someone has to pick it up. Seems to me it would be very easy to catch someone. They are arrogant and obviously believe they will not be caught, which means they will make mistakes.
Dallas Texas

Dallas, TX

#661 Apr 9, 2008
I also received the same type of letter from Bryan Howard and Sheila Harris with a check for $4,870 asking to pay $2,970 for fees.

I decided to have my bank review it and they told me that the check was a counterfeit. Beware! Yes, this is definitely a scam.
In North Carolina now

AOL

#662 Apr 11, 2008
I received a notification of an award from International Lotto Plus awarded via Watergate Services, Inc. Same story. My award $250,000 US.
First check $4,780.00 to cover 2,970.00 in goverment fees. As soon as received, I would get the balance. This type of scam has been reported on every major news show. Don't buy in!
Todd Morgan

Grand Island, FL

#663 Apr 12, 2008
received a check for 4,870.00 it was from starchoice incorporated in partnership with international lotto plus! why haven't any of you people reported this to your local economic crime division
Robin

Wilmington, NC

#665 Apr 15, 2008
Mary wrote:
My husband just received a check for $4,880.00 from "North American Operations" out of Phoenix, AZ. The letter states he won the International Lotto Plus, Slidecircuir Award and Heineken Promotions organized by the International Lotto Plus. This letter also says to call Bryan Kennedy, Claim Agent, within 5 business days. It wants $2,970.00 in return to pay the bond and government fees.
I received ann almost identical letter from International Lotto Plus and a check for $4,870.00 to call within 5 days with the $2,970.00 due to cover the bond and government fees. The letterhead stated Watergate Services Inc. a consortium of corporations (Intel group, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, sears (no capital), Toshiba, Ford, GM etc.) The check was from a bank in Des Plains, IL and the claim agent was "Bryan" Howard instead of Kennedy.
karen

Mariposa, CA

#666 Apr 15, 2008
I received a letter exactly like the one you published below with a few changes in consulting solicitor, prize amount (I wasn't as lucky as you having only won the equivalent of $850,000.), and them cautioning me to discuss it with no one until the prize was verified and the monetary transaction took place. I tried to call without luck, email and have it bounce (using the return feature). So I waited until they contacted me again. When i started asking too many questions that they could not verify the answers to, they no only stopped emailing me, but blocked my emails.
Justin wrote:
CONFIRMATION OF EMAIL TICKET NUMBERS: BLB5-62-44-13
DEAR WINNER
Following official publication of results of the E-mail electronic On-line Sweepstakes organized by the BELGISCHELOTTERY BV CORPORATION, the Slide circular award and the Heineken prizes in conjunction with the foundation for the promotion of software products,(F.P.S.), held on the 28th of October, 2007,in Brussels Belgium, Wherein your electronic email address emerged as one of the on-line winning emails in the 1st category, hence your email address was attached to a cash award of USD1,000,000.00,We write to officially notify you of this award and to advise you to contact the processing office immediately upon receipt of this message for more information concerning the verification, processing and eventual payment of the above prize to you; Note information was released today with the following particulars attached to it.
(I) The file REFERENCE NUMBER (QBH-7-12-19-33-9-65),
(ii) Winning, Number BGD-21-7-2-28-37-19,
(iii) Batch Number DST-33-29-12-1-8-19
iv) EMAIL TICKET NUMBERS: BLB5-62-44-13
Please contact the claim agents: FOREIGN TRANSFER MANAGER
CONTACT NAME: CASPER HUMBREHT.
TEL: 0032-484-506-854 OR 01132-484-506-854
CITY/ COUNTRY: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM.
REPLY TO EMAIL: infobelgislott@aol.com
Please note, validity period of the winning is for 30 working days; hence you are expected to make your claims immediately. Any claim not made before this date will be CANCELLED.
Congratulations!!!
Sincerely,
Mrs. Deborah Pearce.
Promotions Coordinator
Zero-- FL

Crestview, FL

#667 Apr 16, 2008
Ha! I just got a letter today from Prize America. After I grilled the customer service rep (quote quote) I was 99% sure it was a scam. They had a very intricate system though. You could call and hear the balance of your winnings. But the kicker was when she wanted me to send the money back in a money gram ASAP. Why would a person have to send money to recieve money hmmm! That's not right... Also the post mark was from Canada, but she kept insisting it was an "AMERICAN" company. These theives are getting tricky!
anonymous

Prosper, TX

#668 Apr 16, 2008
I also got one of these letters today. Don't you hate getting your hopes up then it turn out to be a scam?(My check was for 4870.00 from HSBC BANK USA Williamsville, NY)
Here is how the letter reads:
STARCHOICE INCOPORATED
(IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERNATIONAL LOTTO PLUS).
3771 VICTORIA PARK AVE, TORONTO, ONT. M1W 3Z5. 6 4 7-8 3 5-2 4 2 2
Sir/Madam
Following th eofficial results of international sweepstakes drawn on February 28th 2008 in Vienna which was organized by international lotto plus, slidecircuir award and Heineken promotions in conjunction with the foundation of software products (F.S.P), wherin your name was randomly selected by the computer data base of our North-American claims department and as such emerged as a winner with other 200 declared winners in the 7th category. You are therefore a winner of the sum of 250,00.00 USD; this was from total prize award money of $87 million USD.
CLAIM# NM/BC 4772
WINNING # 1-7-4-0-9/07
We are pleased to inform you that your file has been assigned to our North American claims affiliate for the remittance of your fund. Enclosed also is the check amount of $4,870 to enable you pay the applicable taxed of $2,970....
Lance

Apopka, FL

#669 Apr 16, 2008
I received a letter in the mail today from
Starchoice Inc.
3771 Victoria Park Ave.
Toronto, Ont. M1W 3Z5
Tel #
The same story with a check for $4870.00, asking me to cash it and send via western union or money order $2970.00 to cover taxes. I have not visited my bank yet, but I will take this check to someone who can follow up on the legality of this. I did call the tel. number above and Bryan Howard was not there. A guy named Chris Fox ansered the phone and told me to cash the check and call back for instructions on how to send the $2970.00. I would then receive my $244,000.00
Go Figure!
Paula

United States

#670 Apr 17, 2008
I got the SAME letter! I was immediately suspicious as the envelope was plain white, no return address, no postmark. I never even got my hopes up (I'm too pessimistic) because I kept thinking Ed McMahon and Publisher's Clearinghouse.... if this was legit they'd be splashing their name for everyone to see because they'd want everyone to know who they are! I mean, C'mon... when stating all the "consortium of corporate" sponsors they didn't even capitalize Sears! My mom always said if something seems too good to be true it usually is... looks like mom is right again!

Just because I was curious as to how they were running the scam I decided to call for fun and "Bryan" actually answered the phone... African accent so thick you could barely understand him. No offense to Africans, but if you've heard anything about the Nigerian money scams and you get a letter like this in the mail, if the person who answers the phone has an African accent you'd have to be crazy not to run the other way!

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anonymous wrote:
I also got one of these letters today. Don't you hate getting your hopes up then it turn out to be a scam?(My check was for 4870.00 from HSBC BANK USA Williamsville, NY)
Here is how the letter reads:
STARCHOICE INCOPORATED
(IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERNATIONAL LOTTO PLUS).
3771 VICTORIA PARK AVE, TORONTO, ONT. M1W 3Z5. 6 4 7-8 3 5-2 4 2 2
Sir/Madam
Following th eofficial results of international sweepstakes drawn on February 28th 2008 in Vienna which was organized by international lotto plus, slidecircuir award and Heineken promotions in conjunction with the foundation of software products (F.S.P), wherin your name was randomly selected by the computer data base of our North-American claims department and as such emerged as a winner with other 200 declared winners in the 7th category. You are therefore a winner of the sum of 250,00.00 USD; this was from total prize award money of $87 million USD.
CLAIM# NM/BC 4772
WINNING # 1-7-4-0-9/07
We are pleased to inform you that your file has been assigned to our North American claims affiliate for the remittance of your fund. Enclosed also is the check amount of $4,870 to enable you pay the applicable taxed of $2,970....
gary

Birmingham, AL

#671 Apr 19, 2008
i got a check a few days ago from a company called starchoice incorporated who is in partnership with international lotto plus.
the bank is hsbc bank usa i called them to verify and they said that i would have to call starchoice to verify because the check is only drawn out of that bank so the bank seems real.
one problem with the check i found is that the numerical amount is $4870.00 and the typed amount is four thousand-eight-hundred-nintey and00/100.
there is a twenty dollar difference.
what if you call the number pay your "fees" and when you get to the bank that mistake is enough to void your check but they already have your money because you didn't notice that little error. im gonna take mine to the district attorneys office.
gary

Birmingham, AL

#672 Apr 19, 2008
anonymous wrote:
I also got one of these letters today. Don't you hate getting your hopes up then it turn out to be a scam?(My check was for 4870.00 from HSBC BANK USA Williamsville, NY)
Here is how the letter reads:
STARCHOICE INCOPORATED
(IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INTERNATIONAL LOTTO PLUS).
3771 VICTORIA PARK AVE, TORONTO, ONT. M1W 3Z5. 6 4 7-8 3 5-2 4 2 2
Sir/Madam
Following th eofficial results of international sweepstakes drawn on February 28th 2008 in Vienna which was organized by international lotto plus, slidecircuir award and Heineken promotions in conjunction with the foundation of software products (F.S.P), wherin your name was randomly selected by the computer data base of our North-American claims department and as such emerged as a winner with other 200 declared winners in the 7th category. You are therefore a winner of the sum of 250,00.00 USD; this was from total prize award money of $87 million USD.
CLAIM# NM/BC 4772
WINNING # 1-7-4-0-9/07
We are pleased to inform you that your file has been assigned to our North American claims affiliate for the remittance of your fund. Enclosed also is the check amount of $4,870 to enable you pay the applicable taxed of $2,970....
your winning nuberss are the exact same as mine we also have the same claim number
badgertry

Australia

#673 Apr 20, 2008
well there ya go again, is this the 25 winners of the bonuz 7p international lotto, HA I am one of those winners 'YIPPEE!' I cannot wait to give away my personal details, where do i sign! PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!! lmao! developing countries are always looking for ways to get in, but to no avail, however me and a couple of roadies, along with S.W.A.T, are gonna find this 'bonuz' prick n gonna give em what they really want.... FREEDOM!!!!!!!! lmfao!
howard appt

Australia

#674 Apr 20, 2008
all ya got to remember is the more developed the country of origin, the more elaborate and colourful the outlay of the paperwork... Simple! Also the reason we get this mail crap is from ordering anythin on the internet! anything. People will try anything, We are human, greed and power at an evolved state!!!
Christine

United States

#675 Apr 21, 2008
I received a check in the mail today in the amount of $4890. The letter head read StarChoice Inc. (in Partnership with International Lotto Plus)3771 Victoria Park Ave, Toronto Ont. M1W 325. The letter stated that I had won 250,000 dollars. I was to cash the check and call back for details on where to western union the money to pay for the taxes of $2970. I cashed the check at my bank before I looked at this web site. I had no intentions of touching any of the money until the funds where there. I am glad the only lose I will suffer is the fee for the check being returned. I feel for the people who actually send the money and spend the extra. Thank God I am a skeptic. Otherwise I could have really been in trouble.
Jonathan

Biloxi, MS

#676 Apr 22, 2008
I am so glad i found this web page before i cashed any check,i had a smidgin of hope that my dreams of $240,000.was true but it did sound a bit iffy,it just now makes me want to earn that money myself someday and say #@$%^ you....
Donna H

Los Angeles, CA

#677 Apr 22, 2008
Hey, I got a letter too. It looks like the same deal as these others. Mine was drawn on a bank in NY. It looks though like they may be trying something new. My check is from a legitimate company called CUBRC ( cubrc.org ). What really got me suspicious was that this company is a Bio Research type company, so why would they be involved in an international lottery? I'm sure that they aren't. I have to say though, it so tempting to cash this check! It's for 4,890.00 (seems like an odd amount) and I could sure use the money. I'm going to do a bit more research, but I too believe that this is a SCAM! Oh yeah, I looked up the phone number, and it's registered to a cell phone in Canada...

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