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Beware of "Steve Tran" Lottery Donation Scam

2018-05-23T19:11:32 -  +
Beware of "Steve Tran" Lottery Donation Scam

Online users are asked to be aware of "Steve Tran" lottery donation scams. The name of the California Powerball Jackpot winner, who won $636 million dollars, is being used by scammers in an attempt to trick potential victims into sending money and personal information. The scammers claim their potential victims were randomly selected to receive donations from the lottery winner as part of his charity project. But, Steve Tran is not randomly donating money to people around the world.

A Sample of the "Steve Tran" Lottery Donation Scam

From: Steve Tran <a0901989c@fie.umich.mx>

Date: 5/23/18 1:46 AM (GMT-08:00)

To:

Subject:

My name is Steve Tran. I and my partner won $648,000,000 on the last Powerball lottery jackpot August 2017. in January 2018 I had decided to make donations to my brothers around the world maybe that's the best I can do for the world since I have always dreamed of this day and its been fulfilled gradually.i have a donation of $2,000,000.00 for you haven randomly selected your contact.i am giving out this donation because of the love I have for humanity and the needy in the society. Kindly contact me for this God giving gift via this email: rtom5504@gmail .com

Remember, once they (scammers) have received their potential victims' personal information, they will use the information to trick the potential victims into sending money, which they will claim is for some advance fees, which will cover banking and transfer costs, insurance payments or tax that the potential victims need to pay before they can receive the so-called donated money. But, if the victims send their money, the scammers will steal it and may continue to trick the victims into sending more money, with the promise of receiving the donated money the scammers claim they would receive.

Recipients of the Steve Tran lottery donation scam emails are asked not to respond to or follow the instructions in them. They should just delete the email messages instead.

It is important to remember that when someone contacts you, claiming that you have won the lottery or you are the recipient of millions of dollars, and asks you to send money in order to receive your lottery winnings or prizes, it is a SCAM. Legitimate lottery companies will never ask their winners to send money in order to receive their prizes or winnings. And, why would lottery winners who are allegedly donating millions of dollars to you, want you to send a few hundred or thousand dollars for banking and transfer costs, insurance payments or tax? Well, the money that the scammers want the victims to send, which the scammers claim is for taxes, bank transfer cost, insurance or other expenses, is what the scammers will steal. And, the victims, on the other hand, will never receive the winnings, prizes or money that they were promised.

So, once you are asked to send money in order to receive money, it is a scam.

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  • Posted: Sep 18, 2018 at 6:06 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Steve Tran
    Date: 17.09.2018 19:31
    Subject: GREETINGS FROM STEVE TRAN

    Thanks a lot for the letter received from you. I am Steve Tran, a resident of Northern California, California U.S.A. I moved recently to United Kingdom,UK, due to some private issues and calls from different people. I am donating 770,576.92 GBP Equivalent to $1,000,000.00 USD to you from my power-ball lottery. You can read more about me on this Link:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/steve-tran-mega-millions-2nd-jackpot-winner-comes-forward-1.2483577

    I am doing this not to gain fame and as a matter of fact,I have decided to put this away from the media. My family and I have decided to donate $1,000,000.00 USD to you and your family.The sole purpose of doing this was as a result of a long talk with my daughter who said to me ''Dad how come we are far from Northern California,California celebrating my Birthday in UK with so much money to be spent when there are families out there who still survive on pay check and some nothing'' I knew exactly what she was talking about, because i have thought of it too and sacrosanctly believed I have spent almost all my life in California and i had a lot of financial difficulties in 2001 and when that came out from her i knew exactly what she meant.

    I have read all comments from a lot of people which i also would like you to see Click on the link:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2533469/Delivery-driver

    And i think donating this to you is not a mistake, because putting a smile in a sad face is a good thing and i might not have been a good Christian, but i have always believed in miracles and my Powerball winning was a miracle. I may not know you, but i believe if you were chosen by God to receive my donation of 770,576.92 GBP Equivalent to 1,000,000.00 USD.

    I am a catholic by religion and i have always believed that Good things happen to those who wait patiently and believe. We have no idea on how our beneficiaries will be selected but we were told that you will be notified via email and that you will be directed to contact me via email also, I have introduced myself as Steve Tran and i would love you to introduce yourself also as my prospective beneficiary. Below are the information that will be needed from you as my beneficiary which must properly be filled.

    Full Name:.

    Country:.

    Occupation:

    Full Address&Zip code:.

    Age:

    Mobile/Telephone Number:.

    Please, if you have kids, ensure to write back indicating you have kids. May the Good Lord bless your heart to be a blessing to your family and your society as soon as my donation gets to you.

    Thanks

    Mr. Steve Tran"

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