Police warn of probable lottery scam 01-23-04

PHONE: 961-2332
JANUARY 23, 2004


Police are warning big island residents about a probable scam involving an alleged lottery held in Madrid, Spain.

Residents have received a letter telling them they have won 315,810 in Euro dollars as part of a larger cash prize of more than 17 million Euros shared among 345,796 winners.

The recipient of the letter is informed his name was selected through a computer ballot system drawn from six million names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Africa.

The recipient is then asked to fill out a “payment processing form” that includes areas to be filled in for the recipient’s bank name, the bank address and his personal account number.

The letter also states that because a company called “Ibero Promotion Company” had “bought your ticket and played the lottery on your name,” it would receive 10 percent of the “winnings.”

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