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Swindlers use Iceland in Sweepstakes Scam

winnerIt sounded too good to be true and indeed it was. An elderly gentleman from Virginia in the US was informed that he had won in the MTA Sweepstakes Lottery, 980,000 dollars, no small amount. Naturally the 81 year old man was overjoyed when he called to collect his winnings.

Letters like this arrive by the score in the mail and now in e-mail every week. Most of us throw them away without looking at them. In this story, recounted by WTKR TV in Virginia, Iceland was said to by involved.

The agent answering was pleased to help. The only hitch was that he had to go to Iceland to pick up his check. The man was not keen on travelling and was happy to pay a 1.685 dollar delivery fee. Then he would get the check. Not sensing that this was an excessive amount for delivering a letter, the man sent the money.

Two weeks later his bank draft was cashed. Now the victim was contacted by an agent who said Iceland, Ecuador, and the United States each required taxes before the check could be mailed. The agent offered to pay half.

Next a letter arrived, informing the Virginia man that his agent had died, and her husband had acquired the share she put in. The gullible man continued paying.

Finally, the man realized that this was a scam and that he would never see his $85,000 again.

“I’d be happy to get my money back,” he says, “I’m not saying it wouldn’t be nice to get the money from the sweepstakes, but just get the money back.”

Keep on dreaming.

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