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In the recent past, there has been a spate of fictitious offers sent out to the general public. People have received phone calls, emails, SMS’s, whatsapp messages, and letters etc. telling them that they have won a lottery. They are subsequently requested to deposit money in a bank account in order to receive their winnings or have been asked to share their bank account details to remit the winning amount. Please note that such claims are false and your bank account details may be at risk.
You may get an email stating you have won a cash prize for a lottery you have never entered. Usually there is a demand for fees (courier fees, taxes, customs duty, shipping, etc.) that need to be paid before the winnings are made available.
Their quest will provoke an emotional reaction which in turn will make you send your bank details, address, credit card or personal information.
These emails may also contain viruses or unwanted software which could harm your computer.
The email asks for your personal information such as bank account, credit card number, passport number, driver’s license numbers or any such personal details.
The email promises you a prize you have won in a lottery you have never participated in. (No legal lottery notifies the winners in an email)
The language used is much exaggerated but no specific details are given about the rules or how it works.
The prize is to be given after a transaction fee or some kind of payment which is never asked by legal lotteries.
Lottery fraud could be prevented in various judicious ways.
A few months back, a woman from Manipal, received a scratch card which was supposedly from an ecommerce site. Thinking this to be from Ecommerce site, she scratched it and found she has won a lottery of Rs 12 Lakhs. To collect the lottery, she was asked to contact the mobile number shown on the scratch card.
When she called up the number provided on the scratch card, a person picked up the call and introduced himself as a representative of that site. She was told that to receive the lottery money, she had to send Rs 3,55,800 to different bank accounts. When she asked the reasons for sending this amount, fraudsters convinced her saying, it includes a service charge, GST and other taxes.
After the victim transferred Rs 3,55,800 to different bank account numbers, she was contacted by a person called Ajay. He asked her to send money to different bank accounts to receive the lottery amount. She got to know she was fooled by fraudsters, in the name of the lottery.
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