Scammers have given a classic lottery scam a cunning new twist by drawing on the real life story of a Mega Millions winner. Watch out for emails claiming that a recent lottery winner is giving you part of his fortune. It's really just a con.
How the Scam Works:
You get an email that appears to come from a man named Harold Diamond. Mr. Diamond is a retired principal who won the largest Mega Millions jackpot in New York lottery history this winter.
The email says Mr. Diamond is giving away part of his new fortune to five randomly selected people. You are so lucky! You've been chosen to receive a million dollars. To collect the fortune, email Diamond's lawyer and mention a verification code number. The code will prove that you are official, and the lawyer will have further instructions.
Don't do it! This scam may draw on current events, but it's a classic con. If you contact the "lawyer," he will ask for money under the guise of paying taxes or other fees. No matter how much you send, it won't be enough!
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