And if you have provided other personal details, your identity could be misused too. Fact is, if you didn’t enter a contest, or buy a ticket, there’s no way you are a lawful, legal winner of ANYTHING…A fake prize scam will tell you that you have won a prize or a contest. and your “scam alert” should be ringing in your head.
Although pyramid schemes are often cleverly disguised, they make money by recruiting people rather than by selling a legitimate product or providing a service.
Pyramid schemes inevitably collapse and you will lose your money.
Many lottery scams try to trick you into providing your banking and personal details to claim your prize.
You should not have to pay any fee or tax to claim a legitimate prize.
It provides tips on how to protect yourself and debunks common myths that might allow fraudsters to gain your trust.
Since we first launched the booklet in March 2012, it has remained one of our most popular publications.Don't be fooled by claims that the offer is legal or has government approval—many scammers will tell you this. Scammers and fraudsters play upon the universal desire to win big… with lottery, sweepstakes and contest scams designed to put money in their pockets… as they profit by making you pay premium text or phone rates, bogus “fees” or hidden costs.Instead of receiving a grand prize or fortune, you will lose every cent that you send to a scammer. Even worse, many of these scams are designed SPECIFICALLY to steal your banking and other personal information… after which the fraudsters cash in by stealing from you or holding your data for ransom.The scammers make their money by making you pay fees or taxes, call their premium rate phone numbers or send premium text messages to claim your prize. Don’t give away your banking information or any other personal information — EVER. In a typical pyramid scheme, unsuspecting investors are encouraged to pay large membership fees to participate in moneymaking ventures.These premium rate calls can be very expensive, and the scammers will try to keep you on the line for a long time or ask you to call a different premium rate number. The only way for you to ever recover any money is to convince other people to join and to part with their money as well.Your guide to protection against fraud First published by the Competition Bureau Canada 2012 Reproduced with permission from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Illustrations by Pat Campbell Except as otherwise specifically noted, the information in this publication may be reproduced, in part or in whole and by any means, without charge or further permission from the Competition Bureau provided due diligence is exercised in ensuring the accuracy of the information reproduced; that the Competition Bureau is identified as the source institution; and that the reproduction is not represented as an official version of the information reproduced, nor as having been made in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of the Competition Bureau.