I checked the mail last night to find a mysterious A5 envelope from Malaysia. Half expecting to find white powder, there was merely a brochure and two “scratch tickets” for something called Vista Odyssey.
Not surprisingly, the first ticket revealed a second prize of USD $160,000. “Thank you Thank You” was behind the other ticket.
A quick google found this recent thread
The govt has this to say about the type of scam:
You will usually be asked to pay some fees to release your winnings. Scammers will often say these fees are for insurance costs, government taxes, bank fees or courier charges. The scammers make money by continually collecting these ‘fees’ from you and stalling the payment of your ‘winnings’. You will lose all the money you pay to the scammers.
You may also be asked to provide personal details to ‘prove’ that you are the correct winner and to give your bank account details so the prize can be sent to you. The scammer will use these details to try to misuse your identity and steal any money you have in your bank account.
Sometimes the scammers actually do send a cheque for part of your ‘winnings’ (a few thousand dollars perhaps). This cheque will eventually bounce (be dishonoured) but you may have sent money to the scammers in the meantime.
Have other Rioters gotten this sort of junk lately?