£123m EuroMillions jackpot turns out to be a scam for single mum who thought she’d won a share
- 23 Jun 2019, 12:22
- Updated : 24 Jun 2019, 16:58
A SINGLE mum was duped out of thousands of pounds in a lottery scam staged by a bogus winner claiming they had won the £123million Euromillions jackpot.
The victim, 44, was told she would be given a £500,000 slice of the jackpot if she sent the conman a loan of £5,000 for his mum’s open-heart surgery in Pakistan.
He claimed his mum was too ill to wait for the funds from the jackpot to come in.
The mum, from Birmingham, didn’t realise the third biggest prize in UK lotto history had not even been claimed yet when she handed over £4,000, Birmingham Live reported.
Camelot, the lottery organiser, said the real winner came forward to claim last Tuesday’s prize just three days ago.
She had already coughed up £4,000 by the time her brother, a prominent businessman in the area, agreed to step in.
He said: “My sister is gutted and ashamed. We are rallying round, trying to lift her spirits.”
The victim, who’s identity was not revealed, said: “I wasn’t naive, I was stupid. In this day and age, I find it really hard not to help people.”
‘I WAS STUPID’
Her brother confronted the scam artist at a McDonald’s in Solihull with the final £1,000 instalment.
The “smooth” fraudster was weeping as he was handed the money in a transaction captured on CCTV.
The brother added: “Half the time, he was in tears. ’I can’t believe what you guys have done’ he told us. ‘I don’t even know you guys, and you’ve done this for me when my own friends won’t give me a tenner’.
“Yes, I smelled a rat, but, by then, my sister was in too deep.”
The businesman managed to take a photo of the individuals’ driving licence as proof of identity.
Even though the name could be fake, the image is of the man who claimed to have scooped up the £123m jackpot.
The image of the licence has been sent to Action Fraud, West Midlands Police have been informed and NatWest Bank have the details of the account the victim’s money was sent to.
‘I SMELLED A RAT’
The conman swindled the woman after entering the business where she worked on June 13 with the fake ticket.
He said his ticket was already checked at the nearby Sainsbury’s and the staff told him to phone Camelot immediately.
He said he didn’t trust the supermarket workers and begged the vulnerable mum and a male colleague to use their phone.
Then he claimed his English was too poor to understand the information and passed the phone to the mum who said the numbers and the date on ticket checked out.
They were informed on the phone by a “posh and English” voice the bogus winner would need to leave immediately to collect the multi-million prize in Watford – 100miles away.
Both of them pulled together the pay for the stranger’s £100 fare and another £140 for his Wolverhampton Travelodge as he did not want to return to his Birmingham home.
It was then he asked for the loan for the surgery saying the good deed would be rewarded with the half-a-million “thank you”.
The victim was convinced she had become rich overnight up until on Tuesday afternoon moments before the conman who was meant to delivery the money when his mobile “died”.
A Camelot spokesman said: “We are aware that there are individuals and organisations that attempt to obtain payment or personal details from people under a variety of pretexts.
“The National Lottery, winners of The National Lottery and other lotteries are sometimes falsely used as part of these scams.
“We would urge people to remember that, if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.
£123m EuroMillions jackpot turns out to be a scam for single mum who thought she’d won a share 23 Jun 2019, 12:22 Updated : 24 Jun 2019, 16:58 A SINGLE mum was duped out of
Think You’ve Won the Millions? Think Again! Presenting the EuroMillions Lottery Scam
Lottery Scammers Never Take a Vacation
If you think that we’re done with lottery scams, boy, you’re wrong. The EuroMillions lottery scam has made it to the front pages of newspapers and websites, especially after the cute and adorable elderly couple suffered its consequences.
Unveiling the Lottery Scam
The EuroMillions lottery scam has already generated hundreds of complaints from people in Ohio.
It got mainstream attention after an elderly couple lost 62,000 dollars. The scammers happened to be exceptionally “generous” in an attempt to lure victims. Many others have been promised prizes reaching millions of dollars and spectacular awards.
The elderly couple, two individuals in their 80s, received a mail letter. It stated that the European lottery had been won. To get their 2.1 million dollars, however, the lucky winners had to handle taxes and fees. These amounted to the negligible sum of 62,000 dollars.
Though you may think that the scam is rather obvious, it has generated hundreds of complaints in Ohio. According to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, many of the individuals that became the victims of the EuroMillions lottery scam didn’t even report it. If they did, this would bring the total number of individuals who lost money to a whole new level.
EuroMillions – A Heaven for Scammers
This is far from the first time in which the name of the EuroMillions lottery has been used to scam individuals out of their hard-earned money.
In 2014, lottery fans in Adrian, Michigan, got letters similar to the one that cost our elderly couple 62,000 dollars.
The letters once again made the bold announcement that the recipient had won at least one million from the EuroMillions lottery. The victims were once again asked to send varying amounts of money to claim the prize.
EuroMillions lottery scams don’t only happen the old-fashioned way. It’s also possible to get an email announcing the big win. The email will have the following subject line: Congratulations! You are a Winner.
You’ll be asked to send back a reply to a certain email. Also, there will be a deadline for claiming the price. This creates a sense of urgency, making many individuals hoping for quick and easy cash do stupid things.
Never respond to any email inquiry from a stranger with personal information like your name, your social security number, or your bank account. Also, delete the thing immediately, especially if you’re asked to make a tax or fee payment. Don’t open attachments that such emails contain – these could either be viruses or they could contain spyware giving scammers access to sensitive personal information.
EuroMillions Lottery Scams: What do They Look Like?
So, how can you protect yourself from EuroMillions lottery scams? For a start, follow one straightforward rule. If something appears to be too good to be true, it probably is. If you haven’t participated in any lottery, the chances are that nobody is going to be generous enough to share several million dollars with you. Or euros, for that matter…
Here’s a list of the most typical characteristics of a EuroMillions lottery scam:
- As already mentioned, you can’t win if you haven’t participated
- EuroMillions doesn’t offer random prizes to individuals having a certain email, phone number or address
- To be a winner, you should have a ticket for a particular date and a particular lottery draw
- Official lotteries will never ask you to pay for any additional, fees and charges (other than getting the original ticket that produced the prize)
- Official lotteries don’t contact winners directly! Instead, as a winner, you’re responsible for monitoring results
- If you receive an email, it will have a vague start like “dear winner.” It’s not going to contain your name (which means that it’s been sent to thousands of gullible individuals)
- You will get a very short deadline and a time limit to collect your “prize”
- You may get a letter that features poor spelling, poor grammar and inferior quality of the print
If any of these happen, please, please, please don’t share personal information and don’t send money. It’s a scam. An old scam, on top of that! It’s been around for so long because it continues being effective till present day by exploiting gullible individuals that hope to win something big without doing anything.
Have you received a EuroMillions lottery scam letter or email? In this instance, you should report to local authorities. If you’ve already done the stupid thing of submitting bank account or credit card information, contact your bank. They’ll know what to do to protect your money and make damage control as effective as possible.
An elderly couple from Ohio is one of the newest victims of a large EuroMillions Lottery Scam. Have you received a EuroMillions lottery letter or email? Put it here.