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Foreign Lotteries

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Phone: (604) 725-8158 View Additional Phone Numbers PO Box 9048, Providence, RI 02940 View Additional Email Addresses


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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that affect the rating for Foreign Lotteries include:

  • BBB concerns with the industry in which this business operates
  • Length of time business has been operating
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size
  • Response to 1 complaint(s) filed against business
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business


Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 1
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 0
Total Closed Complaints 1

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews on Foreign Lotteries
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: April 10, 2007 Business started: 04/09/2009 Business started locally: 04/09/2009
Business Category

Prize Promotions Lotteries - Foreign Other Gambling Industries (NAICS: 713290)

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Products & Services

The Better Business Bureau would like to advise consumers of a large volume of fraudulent mail solicitations that are in circulation and which target unsuspecting consumers. The letters come in the forms of foreign lottery or prize notifications, final notices of winnings, lost government or inheritance funds, illegal advance fee loan offers, offers of credit repair for hefty fees, etc.

The letter, or caller in some cases, will tell you that you have been identified as a winner and approved for a lump sum payment of prize money. The prize or prize money is then offered in exchange for a security deposit, insurance premium, international taxes, acquisition fee, or other payment. The offer might likewise be described as top secret and ask you that you keep your winnings confidential.

What's the catch? The catch is that the letter which you have received is a scam- you have not really won anything, and instead you have been targeted with an offer that is aimed to get you to send or wire money and receive nothing in return.

In most cases the sender or caller will ask you to provide information about business or personal bank accounts and credit cards. Sometimes, a "Lottery Payments Processing Form" accompanies the offer. The form asks for the bank name, bank account number, bank routing number, and bank address. The sender or caller may also request copies of the your official business letterhead. In other cases, the sender or caller requests that funds be wired to them.

The BBB advises you to be aware that funds that are wired cannot not be recovered from the wiring service.

Once you provide personal and/or financial account information, repeated and unexpected transactions may be made to withdraw money from and make charges to your accounts. The BBB urges consumers never to provide personal information to unknown persons.

Our BBB is not aware of anyone who participated in the offer and received the money promised by the sender. The letters, faxes and e-mails are mass distributed and appear to have been addressed according to information from a marketing list, directory or advertisement.

Remember, it doesn't matter how scammers find you (phone, fax, e-mail, spam, chat room, etc.), or where they're from (Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Europe, Germany, Nigeria, Spain, Switzerland etc.)

But what if I receive a legitimate looking check?

In this scenario you will receive a solicitation similar to what a foreign lottery letter might look like, but along with the letter will be a legitimate looking check. It may even appear to be drawn from a national and widely recognized bank, making you think that the check must be real. This is in actuality an instance of identity theft of a company, which may likely not be aware that its name and identity is being fraudulently used in a check scam.

The letter accompanying the check will claim that the check is being sent to you in order to cover taxes, transaction fees, or other payments, and that you will be able to cover those payments by using the funds allegedly forwarded to you via the check.

As soon as you review the included instructions or call the number provided on your solicitation, you will be instructed to deposit the check into your personal bank account. Here is where the essence of the check scam lays: as real as it may look, the check will not have any funds to back it up. It will either immediately bounce, or in some instances it may appear to clear, leaving you with a false sense of security. According to the American Bankers Association when a bank teller says to you that "a check has cleared", it means the hold time is over and you have access to the funds. It doesn't mean the check is "good". It takes weeks before a bank discovers a check is fraudulent. If a check is fraudulent, you as the depositor will be held responsible for the money because you were in a better position than the bank to determine how risky the transaction was. In short- if you have received a check with your lottery letter, do not deposit the check. Instead, forward it to theai US Postal Inspection Service. To find the location nearest you, please go to http://www.usps.com/ncsc/locators/find-is.html and type in your city and state or zip code. You may also contact the National Fraud Information Center at www.fraud.org or call 1-800-876-7060.

If you find that the solicitation you receive is Canadian in origin, please contact Phonebusters at 1-888-495-8501 or visit www.phonebusters.com to report the solicitation.

If you have lost funds due to this scheme, you may wish to send written documentation to the United States Secret Service, Financial Crimes Division, 1800 G Street, NW, Room 942, Washington, D.C. 20223.

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Negative Review 1 point per review

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BBB Letter Grade Scale

BBB Rating Value
A+ 5
A 4.66
A- 4.33
B+ 4
B 3.66
B- 3.33
C+ 3
C 2.66
C- 2.33
D+ 2
D 1.66
D- 1.33
F 1
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4.5 stars 4.50-4.99
4 stars 4.00-4.49
3.5 stars 3.50-3.99
3 stars 3.00-3.49
2.5 stars 2.50-2.99
2 stars 2.00-2.49
1.5 stars 1.50-1.99
1 star 0-1.49

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