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Swedish woman falls for internet lottery deception

Published: 30 Apr 2009 09:45 GMT+02:00

The woman, from Sundsvall in northern Sweden, was told by a gang of international fraudsters that she had won $2.5 million in a lottery, local newspaper Dagbladet reports.

But first the woman was told she would have to open a bank account in the Netherlands to secure the money. For this there would be a fee and the unsuspecting woman duly paid up.

The requests continued and the woman was tricked into handing over a total of 460,000 kronor ($57,000), most of it bank loans, over a nine month period.

"I want to warn everyone of this type of fraud," Kjell Blomqvist at Sundsvall police told Dagbladet.

The woman received an email last summer that her email address had been entered into a lottery, and that she had won the jackpot.

After having set up the bank account the woman waited for her money to arrive.

But no funds were forthcoming and the 52-year-old then received a request for money to release a code from a consultant in the UK. The requests then continued for the next eight to nine months.

The woman was ultimately forced to borrow money from the bank in her vain bid to secure her lottery winnings.

"In the end she had paid some $56,450," Kjell Blomqvist said.

Sundsvall police believe that the woman has a marginal chance of recovering any of her money.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

11:14 April 30, 2009 by zeero
And I say, if I could only put my hands on the people that spam the world, I'll hang them by their balls, tattoo the google's logo on their forehead and release then at Microsoft headquarter or better in a Mexican shopping mall... fxxk spammers of the world
13:51 April 30, 2009 by krow
I get those kind of email steadily too. Dont know why yahoo mail and messenger is now so porous that you get such things in great numbers.

Secondly, I am content with what I get and not greedy to look for what you did not sow.

Beware
15:53 April 30, 2009 by IWP
What a Dozy Cow!
17:24 April 30, 2009 by Renfeh Hguh
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

I am amazed how stupid some people are.
19:50 April 30, 2009 by Spud Lite
Silly wabbit - tricks are for kids!
07:56 May 1, 2009 by Dubin
Krow....shut up you self righteous twit. Perhaps not everyone is so well off as YOU that they can't hope for better in their lives when promised something like this...especially in these times even if she did have 52k to spare...she may very well be elderly and that was her whole nest egg. YOU don't know.

So you can stuff that 'I am not not greedy, reap what you sow' smug attempt at moral wisdom.

Christ, show a little sympathy you ass.
08:11 May 1, 2009 by Marmi
You call a 52-year old elderly??

I sure don't. A 52-year old falling for this kind of scam definitely should be filed under "stupid".
12:13 May 1, 2009 by VolcanicVents
Stories like this really break my heart. My Grandmother went through this exact same ordeal. Only instead of losing 57k various scammers (i guess they're networked...once one got hold of her, various other groups lined up and followed suit) ended up taking her to the tune of NINE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. She was one of the most fiscally responsible women i've ever known. She wasn't born into her money. She and my Grandfather were both born relatively poor in the southern U.S. He worked 50+ years for a railroad company, and she supplemented their income with accountant work. They saved some, invested some, and watched their money slowly but steadily grow. They've owned their house free and clear since around 1980, Grandma never missed a single credit card payment.
12:13 May 1, 2009 by VolcanicVents
But then, at 82, she lost it. Well, to be fair, Boom-pa (as we in the family call him), went first. Same scam, the foreign lottery that needs a couple ten thou to claim several millions. Grandma managed to shut him down before TOO much damage done, they only got into him for 70 or 80k. But then, several months later, for reasons no one in the family can understand, she started chasing the same financial snipe. She cashed in all her stocks funding these parasites, and in the end even took out a mortgage on her house. a MORTGAGE! at EIGHTY-TWO YEARS OLD! Eventually one of my uncles had to take her to court and have her declared incompetent to control her own finances. Now Grandma won't even speak to most of her children. She still believes that these people on the internet are her friends looking out for her best interests. I absolutely despise these parasitic scumbags. krow, i hope my grandma's old enough to clear your sympathy threshold.
01:48 May 3, 2009 by renba
The National Lottery

P.O.Box 17,

Kempsford GL7 4WZ

London.

UNITED KINGDOM

(Customer Services]

I got an email from these guys today. I asked them to give me an address so I could come pick up my check, and the dummy actually sent this. What kind of idiot thinks I can pick up a check at a PO Box that isn't mine?

Someone know the lady? Or just want to get back at these scammers in general? Here's where he picks up his mail. Go get em, tiger!
21:30 May 3, 2009 by nakiboyinsweden
This is just another case of someone fuelled by greed resorting to a get rich scheme that sounds too good to be true and getting burnt by it. No different to those people who tried to help out the Nigerian prince get his wealth out of the country.

In fact i'll go one step further... To the people who lost their life savings investing in Bernie Madoff deserve it!... dont come crying to everyone now. He was offering unrealistic returns and it was clearly too good to be true. You were fuelled by greed and gambled your life savings on a ponzi scheme and lost it all.. your fault!

We should have no tolerance or sympathy for stupidity.
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