Our beat is the labor front, broadly defined, both geographically and conceptually. When the winners made the phone call they would be instructed to withdraw the $2,950 in CASH and then take it to Western Union and send it to the States Lottery and Gaming Commission Agency or other dummy corporation in Gibraltar. As far as getting your money back I doubt that you will be able to but you should call the police to report this and give them the address where you sent the money. More than likely when he hears the message, he will probably disconnect that number.
The assistant branch manager explained that the promise of the bigger payout and the need to pay taxes on the winnings was intended to distract people from the fact that it was a forged check cashing scam and not a more common lottery scam which the object was to obtain a target’s banking information for the purpose of looting their bank account. As to the math, I believe that by buying a lottery ticket I am guaranteed at least 1 out of x chances of winning while relying on someone losing their ticket and me finding it decreases my odds of winning a particular lottery somewhat. I have never heard of Western tax authorities outsourcing the collection of tax payments to entities outside the country.
As to wasting my time researching this, I don’t consider this a waste of time as I not only got a good Hub out of it (for which I have earned more than the price of a state lottery ticket) but, as you can see from the comments above, have helped a number of people avoid this scam. Also, there are an increasing number of articles, web postings and TV spots warning people about this.
First of all, your chances of winning the lottery are not less by finding a random ticket on the ground rather than buying one. Also, the fact that they will be sending you two checks sounds like the larger one will be made payable to you and the other one to the government tax authorities. If the instructions are to send the second check to a government income tax office (verify the address) this would be another indication that you are dealing with a legitimate lottery.
This is the main tip off as most Western governments not only accept checks for payment of taxes but also have offices within the country. So I figured it’s a scam but I called the number anyway, they told me that I had won, that I would receive two checks in the mail. They said that I would have to pay 10% taxes on the check to the governemt which would be around 50,000 but that the taxes would be already taken out of my first check. Haven now approved you as the rightful receiver of the winning cheque, to have the cheque send to you, all you have to do is to pay for the insurance/courier charges for shipment down to your address.