Online Lottery fraud
Considering the worldwide popularity of lottery and the fact that many lotteries are now also available online, it is no wonder that there are lots of scammer out there trying to help themselves to your money with online lottery fraud.
There are quite a few of different schemes, and we are going to tell you how to avoid getting defrauded.
This type of lottery fraud does not cost you any money, but it is still a fraud. 99% of those so-called free lotto schemes never pay out any winnings. They just lure you onto their website, have you sign up for a free lottery ticket. By doing so, you are giving them an email address and you can be sure that your email addres will end up in the email list of countless email marketers. All you have to do is sit back and wait for your email inbox to fill up with all kinds of spammy messages.
Winner notification email fraud
The scammer send you an email that notifies you that you have won a big amount of money in the lottery. If you take a closer look, you will notice that this is a lottery that you have never bought a ticket for. Most probably, you never even heard about this lottery before. So this is, obviously, another attempt at online lottery fraud. If you did answer the email, the answer you'll get will be a confirmation that you won, but in order to get paid, you need to wire transfer a "processing fee" to some offshore bank account before your money can be paid out. Needless to say that if you fall for this lotto fraud, you'll never hear from the fraudster again once you paid this fee.
Discount lottery ticket fraud
Those are so-called agencies that try to sell you tickets for well-known lotteries at a discount price. What those guys do not tell you is that they when you order a ticket from them, they will not really buy a regular ticket. They are basically just freeriding on the real lottery, paying out if their customer won and pocketing the payments of the non-winning customers. If the real lottery only pays out a percentage of, say, 50%, and uses the rest for taxes, administrative expenses and charity projects, you can easily see how this can be very profitable for the scammer.
The biggest problem here is: what happens if you win real big? You will break the bank and never get paid, and you will not have any claim against the original lottery, since you do not have a real ticket.
Legal, non-fraudulent online lottery operators
You will often find online games that kind of emulate a real lottery. You pick some numbers, bet a certain amount of money and a few minutes later there is a draw. This is a bit the same like gambling against the house in an online casino. Not illegal, and not a fraud per se. But your chances are slim, since the number one rule in any casino is that, at least in the long term, the casino always wins.
And then there is one exception that actually is a great service for lotto lovers from all over the World:
There is a company named TheLotter, and what they do is that they enable you get tickets for any internation lottery. While normally you would be restricted to playing your local/national lottery, this service opens the many cross-border lottery jackpots for you.
All you have to do is click here, then choose your lottery (more than 20 of the biggest lotteries of this planet are available, including monster jackpots like Powerball, EuroMillions and MegaMillions). Next, pick your winning numbers and pay online.
TheLotter has agents all over the Wrld, and one of them will buy a real ticket for you, scan it and email the scanned image for you. And if your ticket wins you a prize, TheLotter will even assist you in getting your money paid out, without any fees being deducted for this service!
The difference between TheLotter and the various online lottery fraud schemes above is that they really prove that they buy a ticket, which means that if you crack the jackpot, you will get paid by the lotto commission without having to fear that your prize is only a fiction!