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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Debbie

AOL

#1 Jun 27, 2006
I have this letter in my hand. It's not $2300, it's $2100. If the checks are drawn on invalid accounts, then why would there be any repayment of anything? There has to be more information about this available to consumers. If the bank is in North Carolina, then why is the BBB of Virginia reporting it? Just confused.
john doe

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#4 Jul 25, 2006
I received this letter I did research on the net. If the check is from anyone other than the lottery commission of the state they are saying you won in IT IS A SCAM!!! IF you truly won the government is the only one who will cut you a check not some financial institution.
Jim

Alma, NE

#5 Aug 31, 2006
I recieved a letter stating that i am the winner of a "QUICK MONEY INTERNATIONAL LOTTO INC.THIS IS A SCAM AND BE CAREFUL. They send you a check for 2800.00 dollars. But this for a processing fee and they go from there to get you telephone number and more information on you later. Be careful!
mary

United States

#6 Sep 13, 2006
Jim wrote:
I recieved a letter stating that i am the winner of a "QUICK MONEY INTERNATIONAL LOTTO INC.THIS IS A SCAM AND BE CAREFUL. They send you a check for 2800.00 dollars. But this for a processing fee and they go from there to get you telephone number and more information on you later. Be careful!
Jim I received one of these letters too.. went so far as getting the check... don't know what to do now.. what is the end result of this?? thanks
Jerry

United States

#7 Oct 2, 2006
Recieved a Check for $2500 something dollars... From "Money Plus International Lotto Service". My girlfriend deposited before she told me about the letter... the sum is for insurance? Dont know what to do now...
Veronica

Palmetto, FL

#8 Oct 2, 2006
I received one of these checks as well. I have been performing research and just found this site. What's the deal?
gina

AOL

#9 Oct 3, 2006
I recieved a check for 1900.00. I called the number that was on the letter and the person I spoke with said her name was Rebecca Daniels. I could barely understand what she was saying because her african accent was so heavy. I realized something was not right because she was not professional at all and she answered the phone with just hello. She advised me to cash the check right away and not to go to the bank but a check cashing place. When asked why I began asking questions I heard her attitude change and she advised me she worked for the claim and processing company and was not working for International Mega Lottery. I have torn up and thrown away my check. I advise the rest of you to do the same.
Julie

Greenville, SC

#10 Oct 10, 2006
I just got one of these checks from Money Plus International Lotto Service, too. Although, mine was for $2,780 (of course, for the "insurance charge"...)
Tony

Luverne, MN

#11 Oct 10, 2006
I just received the same check from Money Plus International Lotto service to. For the same amount 2780 called the number, and asked for their license and bond numbers. The guy with a really bad african accent, said I had no right to have there numbers. O the thing was the letter came in my wife's name, I gave them all her info but my name and he said I won a completely differnt amount. So Big SCAM
kim peterson

AOL

#12 Oct 10, 2006
I received a letter and check for 2900.00. letter indicated that i won 200,000.00 in the international mega lotto. called the phone number listed and was told the check could be deposited (check was to cover insurance and processing fees)to western union funds in the amount of 2700. to a person once received they would issue my check for winnings. what is the deal here what is the scam
jim

Raleigh, NC

#13 Oct 11, 2006
I got a check from money plus international lotto service.....? for 2,780.00 6/49 ,what got me is that they say ,"since we do not deal directly with the public...?hummm..., Don't sound too good...i called them and they said, "im not in the office call back the next day...i didnt play no nummbers just found out about this cra...p when i got this letter so be good to your self....god bless, jim.
john

Jamaica Plain, MA

#14 Oct 21, 2006
money plus lotto is a scam was sent check for 2,800 check was bad he wanted me to wire money back be fore check cleared when i calkled him about the bad check he said he would check in to it rip off be care full
jane doe

United States

#15 Oct 26, 2006
i received a check from plus lotto for $2,500.00 in turn i had to send $2500.oo thru western union for them to release my winnings from plus lotto. no such winnings i am $2,500.00 out now i have to repay the bank
liz

Medellín, Colombia

#16 Nov 9, 2006
my boyfriend received the a letter stating that he had won some amount of money.. we call the number at the bottom of the letter and some hindu guy answer.. as soon as he answered i knew that something was wrong.. he answered with a "hello".. even tho i knew something was wrong i started asking him lots of questions and he got a lil mad.. i told him to explain everything to me..and he started talking and talking but i didnt understand shi* cause he was talking so fast.. he sounded like if he was speaking chiness or something..than i did some research and i found this site.. good thing i didnt let my boyfriend deposit the check.. otherwise he would have gotten into so much trouble..guys be careful..
tina smith

AOL

#17 Nov 14, 2006
My boyfriend also recieved a letter from internatoinal mega lotto and a check for 3,600$ for fees.I called the number on the bottom of the letter and talked to Lisa daniels ,she was american.She told me to deposit the check and wait 3-5 days for it to clear,then call her back for more instuctionson how to collect the prize of 65,000$.I e-mailed my local tv station about this scam,I will wait and see iff I hear from them.i know its a scam.
vicki t

AOL

#18 Nov 15, 2006
I also recieved the same letter and check as the woman above and i spoke to Amy Johnson she told me I really won but I called Commercial capital bank where the check was drawn from the man there told me theve been wachovia no for about a year then he checked for Carolyn Shank the person who sighneds the check and said theres no such person. I also looked at the scams on better bussiness web sight
this happened to some woman but she cashed the check waited for it to clear sent them the money then the company stoped payment on it and she then owed the bank money. All in all I would like to find these people and punch them in the face there heartless with no morels or souls.
David

Australia

#19 Nov 28, 2006
I'd like to give thank to all of you. I'm nearly a victim of the international lottery company in Spain.
My brother was received a letter from Spain of notification of winning a big amount of money. It was very big. However, my brother can't communicate with them so i spoke to them three times. The first time i rang them up and there was a man answering me with the word hello and i could also recognise that he is not professional. I spoke to him for a few minutes and in the beginning my greed was very big because my brother and i were in the short of money situation. The day after i faxed to them my brother identity information but i carefully asked him to withdral all the money out of his account. A few days later, another man rang me and asked me to ring Mr Lopez Martin to organise the transfer of the money that my brother won.?????
I rang him afterwards and he exactly asked me to send 1550 Euros to Emmanuel Jokpa and the address was 50 Evenida Madrid Spain (for the transfer fee).
I was very doutful about it and i asked him whether i could get the money out of the prize to pay for the transfer fee. He thought about 30 seconds and answer that i could send them half the transfer fee. I retold what he had said to my brother and he agreed to sell the gold chain and ring that he was wearing. But before selling the golds i came to a library and i'm checking now whether internation lotto is true or false. Now i know it is extremely false. Thanks for all the advices.
julie

Indian Trail, NC

#20 Nov 30, 2006
tina smith wrote:
My boyfriend also recieved a letter from internatoinal mega lotto and a check for 3,600$ for fees.I called the number on the bottom of the letter and talked to Lisa daniels ,she was american.She told me to deposit the check and wait 3-5 days for it to clear,then call her back for more instuctionson how to collect the prize of 65,000$.I e-mailed my local tv station about this scam,I will wait and see iff I hear from them.i know its a scam.
Hey, guys!! I have also received the same letter about winning 65,000.00 in the Internation Mega Lotto. My check was for 3000.00 I can usually spot scam mail due to the face that they have my last name spelled incorrectly!!! The person who answered the phone said "processing", no name of company, etc. She told me to cash the check, too.
said s

London, UK

#21 Dec 5, 2006
my letter said....
BONUZ. 7P INTERNATIONAL LOTTO
THIS IS TO INFORM YOU OF THE RELEASE OF THE BONUZ. 7P INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS PROGRAM HELD ON THE 24/ 11 / 06. YOUR NAME/ COMPANY WAS ENTERED AS AN ALTERNATIVE NUMBER ATTACHED TO REFERENCE NO; VM/1451/02046/TF WITH TICKET NO; 30.344 DREW THE LUCKY WINNING NUMBERS 7-13-23-27-45-47-, WHICH CONSEQUENTLY WON THE LOTTERY IN THE 2ND CATEGORY. YOU HAVE THEREFORE BEEN APPROVED A LUMP SUM PAYMENT OF 872.170.22 EUROS (EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY TWO THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY EUROS TWENTY TWO CENTS) IN CASH. THIS IS FROM A TOTAL CASH PRIZE OF 14.626.870.00 EUROS SHARED AMONG 25(TWENTY FIVE) INTERNATIONAL WINNERS IN CATEGORY (1)(2)AND(3).and so on it continued to say about keeping it confedintial and tellng your claims agent and faxing the other form with ur details to ur agent so he can proccess it.
cotina lindsey

Altus, OK

#22 Dec 7, 2006
i got a letter just like the rest of them.

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