Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How to Avoid Being Suckered by Lottery Scams

For the past decade, France has worked as part of a Western U.S.-Canada cross-border task force helping to catch perpetrators of lottery and sweepstakes frauds. Such scams fall under mass-marketing fraud, which according to the FBI, costs consumers tens of billions of dollars per year on a global level. One case France is working on is that of Odowa Roland Okuomose, who is wanted on a federal arrest warrant accusing him of masterminding a lottery scam before fleeing in 2008. Okuomose, who was based near Vancouver, Canada, allegedly stole more than $1 million from at least 300 people across the U.S.