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Lottery, contest, Sweepstakes, Rewards Program questions

  w Hired by a foreign company to write checks
w Verify that an email is a scam   w  ID Theft
w Threats from the scammer   w Verifying checks and money orders
w Funds wired into one of your accounts   w Catching the criminals
w You have received an overpayment   w Getting your money back
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You were hired by a foreign company to process funds or packages

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DO YOU WANT TO KNOW IF YOU WON A LOTTERY?

HINT: IF YOU DID NOT BUY A TICKET, YOU DID NOT WIN THE LOTTERY.

ANSWERS:

 

Did you buy a lottery ticket?  No? If you did not buy a lottery ticket BEFORE the drawing, you did not win a lottery.  There are NO exceptions.
Were you awarded lottery tickets for participating in a survey? If YES, you did not win a lottery.  That is a common scam.
Did you register with an online lottery? If YES, log into your online account at the web site and check your winnings and instructions.
If NO, you did not win the lottery.
Did you buy lottery tickets through an online lottery ticket purchasing service? There is no government oversight nor an authority oversight of any kind to supervise these services.  If your money is merely being stolen, you have no recourse.

 

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW IF YOU WON A SWEEPSTAKES OR CONTEST?

 

ANSWERS:

 

Did you register your contact information with an online Sweepstakes company such as FreeLotto or GroupLotto, or did you enter a Sweepstakes offline?

>> You must register your name and contact information BEFORE the drawing to enter a Sweepstakes or contest of any kind.

If YES, log in to your online account on the web site.  For offline entries (such as Publisher's Clearing House) contact the Sweepstakes company directly, NOT through any email response.
If NO, you did not win a Sweepstakes or contest.

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW IF YOU WON A REWARDS PROGRAM?

ANSWER:                                                                             

Rewards Programs are not contests.  There is nothing to win.  Rewards Programs only provide discounts for catalog products based on the number of items you purchased with your credit card or during a grocery store or other merchant promotion.

DO YOU WANT TO CASH OR DEPOSIT THE 'WINNING' CHECK / MONEY ORDERS (drafts) YOU RECEIVED?

ANSWER:

DON'T DO IT!!  YOU COULD GO TO JAIL FOR EVEN SHOWING THE DRAFT AT A BANK OR STORE!  THEY ARE COUNTERFEIT!

Read this before you cash or deposit ANY check or money order you receive from a stranger:

How to REALLY Verify a Check or Money Order

Lottery scams, Sweepstakes scams, contest scams, Rewards Programs scams, and Drawing scams ARE DESIGNED FOR IDENTITY THEFT .

If you have opened a Lottery Scam email, please go to

www.fraudaid.com/solution_center/doc/id_theft_prevention.htm

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A RANDOM EMAIL DRAWING.

JACKPOTS ONLY COME FROM TICKET SALES, NOT COMPANIES OR CORPORATIONS.

MOST COUNTRIES ONLY ALLOW THEIR RESIDENTS TO WIN.

? IT IS ILLEGAL FOR U.S. CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE IN A FOREIGN LOTTERY (US Code, Title 18)

WARNING! LOTTERY WINNING NOTIFICATIONS CONTAIN

COUNTERFEIT CHECKS!

Stay out of Debt, Stay out of Jail

Please go here: www.fraudaid.com/solution_center/doc/checks_and_money_orders.com

Lottery Questions:

Hired by a foreign company to write, sign and mail checks:                                                  

Go to the Scam Solution Center: Told to buy check stock or received check stock

Joe Wein's Scam-O-Matic: Is your email a scam?

Verify a that an email is a scam: go to Joe Wein's Scam-O-Matic

ID Theft                                                                                                                                                                               

Go to the Scam Solution Center: ID Theft Prevention

EVERYONE who has opened a scam email or Spam must read this for their own protection.  Plus, if you have been corresponding with fraudsters you are at VERY HIGH risk of ID Theft.

Threats from the scammer                                                                                                                                            

Go to the Scam Solution Center: Threats from a scammer

VERIFYING CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS, SUSPICIOUS CHECKS: What you never learned in school                                               

Go to the Scam Solution Center: How to really verify a check or money order

FUNDS WIRED INTO YOUR ACCOUNT

Go to the Scam Solution Center: Money wired into your account (bank, credit union, PayPal, credit card)

Receiving cash, checks, or money orders, or merchandise

What's really happening to you, Truth vs. Scam: The legal truth about work-at-home money, package, and check-forwarding jobs, and check-writing jobs                                                                                 

You were hired by a foreign company to do one or more of the following:

  • Receive and forward merchandise

  • Process payments

  • Receive money through Western Union or MoneyGram and resend it

  • Receive wired funds into your bank, PayPal, credit card, or portfolio account and resend it.

  • Write checks on bank accounts you do not personally own

You've been sent too much money and must wire the overpayment to someone.

Someone you met online wants you to cash checks or money orders for them or send packages somewhere.

 

 

Your Identity Theft Prevention To-Do List
How to REALLY verify a check or money order.

KNOW and understand YOUR LIABILITY when you cash or deposit a check or money order or receive funds wired into your account

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW IF YOU WON A LOTTERY OR SWEEPSTAKES?

 

1.  DID YOU BUY A TICKET?  NO?

THEN YOU DID NOT WIN A LOTTERY.

 

2.  BEFORE THE DRAWING, DID YOU REGISTER WITH AN ONLINE LOTTERY or SWEEPSTAKES COMPANY LIKE FREELOTTO OR GROUPLOTTO?

IF YES, LOG IN TO YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNT AND CHECK YOUR WINNINGS AND INSTRUCTIONS.

IF NO, THEN YOU DID NOT WIN THE LOTTERY.

 

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