Last month, we bought you the story of brothers Andy and Nayel Askhar, who won a whopping $5 million on a scratch card purchased at the parents store in Syracuse, New York. Their story was unusual as they waited six years to claim their prize, as – unlike lottery winnings on the Powerball or Megamillions which must be claimed within 90 days to a year – scratch cards prizes don’t expire until a year after the end of the game. However, it has come to light in the first few days that the ticket actually belonged to another customer of the store, and the brothers have been charged with scamming the winning ticket from its rightful owner! Read more
A well know hustle is currently being operated in London by lottery conmen who have stolen thousands of pounds and also expensive jewellery. This hustle has been used for many years and has even been featured in The Real Hustle TV show but still people are falling victim to this lottery con.
Unbelievably lottery scams in the UK are still on the rise. Recent figures show that fake lottery scams are appearing every day and for many criminals the lottery scam is a lottery jackpot, netting thieves over £260 million annually, with many of the people who fall victim to such scams being elderly or vulnerable people.
Seven people have been arrested in Israel for operating lottery scams and cheating elderly Americans out of millions of dollars. The Israeli lottery scammers were arrested following a joint investigation by the Israeli Police and the FBI, and are now facing extradition to face trial in the US.
Peter Kennedy from Berkeley near Sydney, Australia received a bogus letter telling him he had won a huge prize in the EuroMillions lottery but the suspicious Australian pensioner was not fooled by the EuroMillions scam and instead of replying he forwarded the letter to the authorities.