What Are Lottery & Winner Award Compensation Scams?

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What Are Lottery & Winner Award Compensation Scams?

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In principle, lottery and winner award compensation scams operate on the onus that you are the winner or a to-be recipient of a large sum of money from some form of fake lottery, lucky draw, award or a promotional give away.

The scams usually involve offering you free money, cars, or cell phones and the scammers will say things like the offers are related to grants, awards, charity, donations, lucky draws, promotions, Covid-19 aid money, or lottery winnings. The scammers will usually claim they are either from a car manufacturer, a technology company, a charity organization, a government division, a non-profit entity or a foundation. Or from an individual who claims to have won a lottery already, a wealthy businessman, a wealthy public figure, or a philanthropist who is offering to give away money to you as charity.

More recently, the traditional lottery scam modality has morphed and mutated a bit. Lottery scam emails now could be a whole mix of things referencing you being the winner of some sort of compensation that involves lottery winnings from humanitarian groups like The United Nations, The WHO, The IMF, The World Bank, etc. Many of the the newer lottery related "winner" scam emails may also not even clearly state why you are being compensated and simply say that you have won something.

During the course of the scam the scammer may provide a so-called online banking website (with login details) in an attempt to prove that the funds truly exist and are safely sitting in a bank account awaiting payout. In all cases these bank websites are always fraudulent/fake websites owned and controlled by the scammer and the money that they are showing within the bank account are fictitious funds in a non-existent bank account. The scammer may also ask you to contact 2-3 different people that the scammer claims are also involved with the transaction as a psychological technique designed to make the transaction seem more legitimate. In most cases though you are dealing with only one scammer who is acting behind all of the various different personas being presented.

The scammer will eventually ask you to send some money before any of the money being promised can be sent out to you. This is a type of scam known as Advance-Fee Fraud. Advance-Fee Fraud is best described as an offer of money, merchandise, services, employment, or even romance, but where the victim is asked to pay a fee in advance to obtain whatever is being promised to them by the scammer. The main scam strategy of all advance-fee fraud scams is to try to persuade the victim to send money, and then continue to send more money to the scammer, as many times as possible, until the victim eventually runs out of money and/or goes into debt as a result of losses from the scam. And in the end, the victim never receives any of the money at all being promised by the scammer.

Please click here to read more about the psychological techniques used to deceive people with Advance-Fee Fraud scams. The following article on Wikipedia also explains more about Advance-Fee Scams in general: Wikipedia Link

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