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Lottery scam. It’s not every day that you win over 1.2 million Euros, especially if you never entered the lottery in the first place. It’s not every day that you win over 1.2 million Euros, especially if you never entered the lottery in the first place.Manuel with the money Have you ever received letters or emails out of the blue saying that you are the grand prize winner in the “Spanish Sweepstake Lottery”? According to Aftenblad, that’s precisely what happened to Toralf Sandø, one of their journalists.

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Lottery scam

Published on Friday, 20th February, 2009 at 10:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 24th February 2009 at 06:42.

It’s not every day that you win over 1.2 million Euros, especially if you never entered the lottery in the first place.

Lottery balls (illustration photo)
Lottery balls (illustration photo)
Photo: Askham Design/IStockphoto


It’s not every day that you win over 1.2 million Euros, especially if you never entered the lottery in the first place.

Manuel with the money

Have you ever received letters or emails out of the blue saying that you are the grand prize winner in the “Spanish Sweepstake Lottery”? According to Aftenblad, that’s precisely what happened to Toralf Sandø, one of their journalists.

“All I had to do was to fax detailed personal information, together with my bank account number plus a few other things, and the money would be mine”, he says.

Not worth the paper it’s printed on

One might be tempted to celebrate after having received such news.

“The letter was from the “Luna Global Security Company S.A.” in Madrid, and it said that their commission agent, Dr Jose Blanco, could arrange for the transfer of money, minus a 10 percent commission charge”, he continued.

It’s not easy to pull the wool over a journalist’s eyes, so he decided to ring them.

Fawlty information

Aftenposten reports that the company had already deposited the money in what was, according to Dr Blanco, the Spanish Central Bank, Santander.

“However, this is not the name of the Central Bank. I mentioned this to Dr Blanco, but he assured me that the money was secure, but could not give me the account number”, says Sandø.

The moral of this story: If something looks too good to be true, it normally is.



Published on Friday, 20th February, 2009 at 10:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 24th February 2009 at 06:42.

This post has the following tags: scam, lottery, aftenblad.





  
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