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Watch out for these scams

Monday, March 18, 2013   by: Staff



More Internet scams ... please read!

ELLIOT LAKE, ON  – There has been an ever-growing number of scam lottery e-mails advising consumer they have hit the jackpot. 

You need to consider the following when you receive a solicitation of this kind:

• You cannot win without first buying a lottery ticket

• Legitimate lotteries do not notify winners by e-mail

• They do not randomly select e-mail addresses to award prizes to

• They do not use free e-mail accounts (Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.) to communicate with you

• They do not tell you to call a mobile phone number

• They do not tell you to keep your winnings a secret

• They will never ask a winner to pay any fees up front (like taxes or a security deposit) to receive a prize, lottery or sweepstake!

• Remember if you don’t recognize who sent you the e-mail ... delete it!

Scammers pose as soldiers online, stealing women’s hearts - and money

Innocent people have been falling for this more sophisticated “romance scam.”

Nigerian-prince e-mail scams are rather easy to spot and avoid but receiving an e-mail from a soldier stationed in Iraq is close to your heart.

In this type of scam, thieves take on the identities of actual serviceman based in Iraq or Afghanistan and go to work scamming on social media-based dating sites. 

The scammers start building relationships with women online, eventually asking them for money after wooing them and gaining their sympathy and trust. 

The scammers go to great lengths to make their e-mail addresses untraceable and route accounts around the world. 

The scammer will ask for money in some rather creative ways: money to buy a leave pass, cover medical expenses, for a flight home to see their victims in person. 

Remember: When online dating, it’s not real until you’ve met the person and don’t ever send money

Love doesn’t cost a thing!

If it's too good to be true ... it's not.


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anapeg 3/18/2013 11:11:52 AM Report

The gullible go through life hoping for something for nothing. I can't for the life of me see a thinking person being caught up in these schemes. It boggles ones mind.
Norm 3/18/2013 11:53:05 AM Report

Love sometimes does cost, the courts have proved that, many times. Lots of lonely people in the world. It's sad when some get caught in a scam, created by the scum!!!!!
Zing 3/18/2013 12:01:43 PM Report

So I didn't really win?
canadiens_8 3/18/2013 5:04:47 PM Report

What about the scam going around the phones about lowering your credit card rates.....and the phone number is ALWAYS coming from area code "250". And they will nto take you off their list unless you pay them $100.
crashed13 3/19/2013 11:46:15 AM Report

Its hard to feel sorry for the gullible.
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