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Lottery Scam Advisory Calls or SMS from strange numbers, claiming "You have won"

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 05:12 PM

Currently, customers are being randomly called or messaged via SMS from country codes 242,232,239,423,232,234 etc.

The call is terminated by the calling party before the customer answers. The customer returns the call or SMS and is engaged in discussion in order to participate in some type of lottery promotion.

They are then informed that in order to receive their prize they need to pay a service fee and in some cases also provide their account details.

These scams are designed to cheat victims into parting with their money. Generally, the scam requires the victim to make
up-front payments to facilitate the transfer of the promised prize to the victim.

To lend credence to their claims, the fraudsters may provide the victims with login PINs and website addresses,
or phone numbers purportedly belonging to overseas audit or law firms.

These lottery winnings do not exist. They bear the hallmarks of what are
commonly known as ' Lottery Scams' that are designed to dupe victims into parting
with their money. Having deceived the victims into believing that they had won the
lottery, the fraudsters often convince the victims into making up-front payments,
purportedly as tax or other forms of payments to administer the release of the 'prize

Risk and Network Fraud section of TSTT wishes to advise customers to be wary, as such scams often take different forms and the fraudsters change tactics regularly.

The public should:

Not reply to such SMS and Calls.

Ignore notifications of a win in a foreign lottery, especially when there is no purchase of gift of a lottery ticket;

In response to such phone calls, we urgently warn you not to disclose any personal data, particularly details of your account and identity.

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