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Topic # 115417 25-Mar-2013 15:49
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There is a new scam that has started doing the rounds after hitting Australia. It looks like they're specifically targeting the elderly, as the 5 people so far that I've talked to about it have all been in their 70's.

Essentially a nice slick looking glossy brochure is sent in the post to the intended victim, along with 2 scratch and win tickets. Upon scratching the tickets, one of them will be a winner for US$130k or US$160k.

When the lucky contestant calls to redeem the prize they are told it was all a mistake and it shouldn't have been mailed to them, but it will be honoured anyway, as long as they sign a non disclosure statement. They also advised that their are government taxes to pay of US$7000, but as it is a competition they will pay half of this leaving them to only pay US$3500.

The company name that I have seen so far is Tunes to Travel, but it seems it is being done under a lot of different names.

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  Reply # 787329 26-Mar-2013 16:35
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Where do the brochures appear to have been posted from? I wonder how they know that an elderly person lives at a particular address.

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  Reply # 787334 26-Mar-2013 16:40
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the reason email scams work is because they can be sent out to loads of people at virtually no cost. so they only need to get a few people out of millions of emails to make money

so its suprising to see a good old paper one these days. especially with scratchcards and glossy brochures which must have a fair cost to sending out.

they would need to get quite a high 'catch' ratio to make a decent bit of money on this scam

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