Readers Digest Lottery Scam

Readers Digest Lottery Scam

There are thousands of scams in play on the internet, by phone, email and postal mail at any given moment. When we come across a new variation we publish it in the hopes that some people will think twice before believing that they have won large sums of money or merchandise. Those "wins" are usually followed by an urgency to contact the scammers by phone or email, to provide banking information and other personal information that can lead to identity theft, and usually involves some kind of transaction fees, or fees that need to be sent back to the scammer after a counterfeit cheque has been presented to the "winner" / victim. In addition, there is also a urge to keep the win "confidential" so that the victims are less likely to seek advice from family and friends.

Attached is a letter that is making the rounds via Canada Post. Please share it. The best defence against these scams is awareness. These scams would not still exist if people were not falling for them... If you have entered a lottery or contest, and have won, it won't cost you a penny to claim your prize, nor will they ask for your personal banking information.

We know that a large percentage of fraud victims don't come forward to police for fear that there is "nothing police can do" or that they don't want to look foolish to their friends and family. Police need to know about these scams. There are occasions where police can help recover funds, but more often we can build a trail that can lead to those involved in running the scam or facilitating the money collection, transfer and electronic operations - often involving multiple jurisdictions and law enforcement in other Provinces and even out of the Country.

If the deal offered seems "too goo to be true", then it very likely is a scam. Contact local police anytime you want to get an opinion about a "prize" you have supposedly "won" online, by phone or by mail/e-mail. We can quickly help you determine if it is legitimate or an attempt to defraud you.