Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lottery Scam from Malaysia Targeting Singaporeans

As boring as it may sound, lottery scams are still ongoing in Singapore. The only difference is that the scammer comes from Malaysia this time instead of other countries, especially Nigeria.

Old tricks can sound really stupid to most of us, however, not everyone has heard of them. It is old but still useful.

Below is the latest lottery scam via SMS spam by the number +601112069580, as received just a few hours ago.

Your phone No: has won $2,000,000 from UK Olympics lottery Team Held in Malaysia,Contact Mr. Mark James( for payment. Olympic Team

"+60" is the phone code for Malaysia and ".my" country domain represents Malaysia.

It is a kind of "advance-fee fraud", or "confidence trick". If you are still clueless about it, do think of the famous "Nigerian scam" that has started since early 1980s.

The team of scammers would mass spam potential victims using email or SMS to false claim that they have won lottery. We believe if you were to contact them, they would ask you to send them a sum of money in order to "release" the prize money to you. They may even do it multiple times. Of course, they may send you false documents during the process in order to make you believe them. In the end, you will realise that you have forked out a lot of money but not yet to receive the initial prize money claimed.

Please share this scam tactic around with your friends in case they have not heard about it. It is always better to play safe than sorry.

If anyone is free and helpful enough, please contact the scammer via the email address given (use a secondary or fake email address of course, in case they start spamming your personal email account) and pretend to be their potential victim. We would really appreciate your effort to help us find out about how intelligent and creative the scam syndicate is.

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