The scam is trending now in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, but regardless of what country or state you’ve been living in, here is an ingenious approach that scammers take when it comes to lottery winners.
Taking the example of Lerynne West, criminals created fake Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts using credentials. It is an easy task as lottery millionaires are being featured in the news with their success story.
crooks posted a generous promise of donating $1,000 from her winnings to the first 75,000 Instagram followers. Alternatively, the scammers send emails offering the donation (amount varies). In order to do that, they ask the victims for their bank account, in order to transfer the promised money. In exchange, they are required to pay ‘a small tax’ that apparently is needed for international donations.
Needless to say, the ‘lucky’ followers were rather unfortunate for giving their personal information away. However, be aware that scammers may use other names too, such as philantropists or business people.