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Lottery scammers prey even on the poorest villagers


Ratan Kumar, a 41-year old Indian villager came to the BBC Delhi office last month to claim his prize in a “BBC lottery” worth millions of rupees, only to know that he was scammed.

Ratan said he got a text message two years ago saying that he won the BBC’s national lottery for 20 or 30 million rupees (£194,000-£292,000). Unemployed, Ratan fell for it, communicated with the scammers until November last year, and sent his personal details.

The perpetrator presented himself to Ratan as the chancellor of BBC. “He promised me a large sum of money but said I would have to first send 12,000 rupees ($191; £117) so that he can transfer the money into an RBI (Indian bank) account, ” Ratan told the BBC office.

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And The Spamming Goes On – Weekly Top 3 Spam Numbers Of The UK


Here are this week’s top three callers:
1. 02073451299 from London with a tellows score of 8
2. 0166886633 from Bamburgh with a tellows score of 8
3. 07520905078 a mobile phone number with a tellows score of 6

No changes on rank 1: this week’s favourite has reached more than 4000 queries by now. Everything looks as if we are dealing with a lottery scam. Beware and remember never to tell unknown callers or strangers any of your bank details.

And again, we are quoting user wickedshelly here:

called me today whilst in the middle of my shopping! told me i had won a comp for an ipad and £1000 lady then asks if i have ever entered the euromillions and wanted to know how many lines!! i then questioned whether shed want my card details to which she said yes! this is when i told her to never contact me again as i dont buy into scams! somehow this company had my details, must have been passed on through a third party along the way but i certainly dont appreciate it!

On rank two, there is a newbie from Bamburgh amongst our top 3 which seems to be nothing more than an automated silent caller.

Skeeboots wrote:

I am sick to death of this caller continually calling me, morning afternoon and evening, nobody speaks and then you get the engaged tone. It calls a minimun of 4 times a day, everyday. Have tried phoning the number but it doesn’t exist. Please can someone stop it!!!

This is what Lisa wrote already some weeks before:

I’ve just reported this number at http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/tell-us/telecoms/privacy/silent-call/ – don’t know if it will help but shouting down the phone hasn’t stopped the 2 calls a day i have been receiving for over a month now!!

For the 3rd most annoying caller, user Mr. E wrote:

Missed call like all the others, I’m in the UK and it went straight through to an American answerphone saying I was 7th in a queue so promptly hung up!
Would be nice to know exactly who it is!!

Indeed! Our guess: another automath checking active numbers in order to call back later with particular offers.

We look forward to a nice weekend and sure will bring you some news next week.

Team Tellows