How the scam works:
In the last few months, a well-designed travel brochure has been hitting millions of homes, especially in Australia. The publication contains lottery scratch tickets offering complimentary lottery prizes to celebrate a new investment opportunity.
The scratch tickets reveal a prize of $130,000. Since the winning is published in a nice and glossy magazine, several people really believe they hit the jackpot!
The winners are informed there is a $7,000 government tax to pay before the proceeds can be released and the travel company will pay half. The recipient just has to send the other half by wire transfer, to Malaysia or Hong Kong.
The publishers of the brochure require the winners to provide a copy of their passport for authentication, along with bank account details. As you can imagine, the "winners" of $130,000 are waiting in vain to get their money after that, as there is no prize.
How to avoid:
Ignore the fact that is a well-designed travel brochure. It’s not a real deal. Scammers can make everything nowadays look official, especially with the advancement of technology. Above and below you have real pictures of these fake brochures. As you can see they have similar design, sign that behind the scam are the same people. Thank you to those who sent us the images. Make sure to download the Scam Detector app on your iPhone/Android to educate yourself on more than 600 scams like this.