Acting Agent in Charge George Crouch provided the following warning:
“Recent reports to law enforcement indicate the re-emergence of an advance fee scam involving the Mega Millions Lottery and invoking the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) federal agencies as central to this scam,” said the release.
In the memo, Crouch went on to say, “Individuals are being contacted, to include very convincing memorandum from the above entities, and advised that they’ve won the lottery. The advance fee portion of the scam begins by requiring the “winner” to wire transfer thousands of dollars to the “lottery official” in order to secure the winnings. The documentation sent to the victim includes memorandum/stationary from the FBI and FDIC that serve as letters of authentication. In a recent scam targeting a southern Georgia resident, a photo purporting to show three FBI agents was sent as further proof of its legitimacy.”
The memo concluded by asking the public to be aware this scam is active and that the method used by those perpetrating the scam makes it almost impossible for authorities to either halt or trace the transaction. Crouch also reminded the public that the FBI nor the FDIC are involved in the lottery and neither agency would ever request money to be transferred in order to “authenticate” winnings.
Anyone receiving scam notifications such as the one mentioned above should report it online to IC3.gov.