The Winner’s Name of Randolph County Lottery Utilized in a New Lottery Scam
Wsiltv.com published a report on 23 August, 2012 stating that Illinois Lottery Officials (US) is giving warning to residents about a new scam email which purports Randolph County (IL,US) lottery winner.
The trick involves scam emails seem to be from Merle Butler of Red Bud (Randolph County, IL, US).It announced the winning of a price amount $218.6 Million by Butler and his wife, Patricia in a Mega Millions draw in March 2012. By the lottery officials, the scammer assures to give $1.5 Million towards three lucky winners only after receiving the processing money for releasing the 'gift'.
Wsiltv.com published a report on 23 August, 2012 which mentioned the statement of Illinois Lottery Superintendent, Michael Jones as while the course of communicating with victims, scammers frequently claim to be law enforcement or government officials though it is the first case and here the scammer announces to be a big winner and is distributing a part of Lottery fortune.
As per the scam email, the receiver claims to be winning a US Mega-Millions Lottery and further decides to donate $1.5 Million to 3 persons. Send Names, Country and a bank cheque that will be issued in their names accordingly.
The Mega Millions draw of March 2012 which the Butler won was the major in Illinois history and therefore garnered lot of promotion across the globe.
Taken into consideration the huge publicity, Lottery Officials said that they are not amazed at this scam of this nature was produced.
Kfvs12.com published a report on 24 August, 2012 quoting IL Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones as saying that no authentic lottery requires any payment for claiming a prize. If an unfamiliar person calls or emails you saying that you succeeded in winning a lottery prize, then do not believe it. It has been said earlier that it bears repeating: if something seems too good to be true, it ought to be probably so.
Finally, it is not just the name of Mega Millions Lottery is being exploited by cybercriminals. A similar scam has erupted in UK and is exploiting the name of Euro Millions lottery targeting a Haverhill, Suffolk based couple. The fake email said that the winning couple wishes to donate 800,000 Pound out of their winning amount of 148 million Pound to the email recipient who responds with their bank details.
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