|Two reports this week reinforce the old adage that there’s one born every minute, and the scams are moving into online gambling territory. According to a report on from The Lompoc Record, an unnamed man from Lompoc, California received an email telling him he had won the Spanish 'El Gordo Lottery.' A “lotto official” told him the payout was $600,000, but in order to get his hands on his winnings, the man needed to send a $1,200 'processing fee.' The man did, but, surprise surprise, no winnings were ever forthcoming. |
Another unnamed man from Arroyo Grande, California received an email supposedly from an online casino representative offering $86,000 in gambling vouchers for $10,000. The local man sent a check, but never heard back from the “casino”.
In 2002, the FBI, in collaboration with the National White Collar Crime Center produced the Internet Fraud Report.
The study revealed that more than 70 per cent of complainants were aged 20 - 50, and fewer than 9 per cent were over 60.
These numbers diverge from fraud cases of other eras, which primarily involved senior citizens,
according to senior FBI Agent Edward J. Miller Jr.
Some punters complain of being scammed by the small print in bonus policies, some of slow payment of winnings. But that’s when the punter has already signed up to a casino. In the above cases, both approaches were out of the blue. Some casinos’ bonus policies are generous, some are not entirely models of transparency, but there is no record yet of an online casino offering a $76,000 bonus. So the unfortunate citizen of Arroyo Grande must have run into one hell of a wagering requirement.