Leipzig, Germany, July 28, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- A new telephone scam method has come up in the US and worldwide. Several cases of so-called Green Card Lottery fraud attempts have been reported to the Tellows community against phone spam. Fraudsters have been contacting people, saying they won a Green Card Lottery. What lottery? What green card? No matter, randomly cold-calling fraudsters are trying to catch people who applied for a green card and fall for their scam.
Numerous Tellows users from all over the US have reported ongoing scam calls from various phone numbers. Main principle of the scam: the caller is trying to convince people that they won something that they call a Green Card Lottery. This scam came up during the last months and meanwhile seems to flourish in a worldwide manner. The method of the fraudulent calls is simple: assuming the called person applied for a green card or took part in the Diversity Visa Program that is opened by the US government in fall or winter of each year. Of course, and this is the most annoying thing about it, they want money for it.
Tellows is an internationally agitating community website against telephone spam and fraud. It was developed in order to bring about a recipe against this harassment: everybody is entitled to report and comment spam or scam numbers and, in consequence, provide warning and help for individuals who might fall for it.
Phone spam and scam is an international matter. Since Tellows and other websites provide consumer protection, scammers have to make up new methods once in a while about how to rip people off. After other scams, such as the so-called "PC doctor" or surveys on bank details, fraudsters are now applying this method.
How to recognize a fraudulent Green Card Lottery? First of all, the US government will contact winners by surface mail only and will not call or write emails about it. The real program is called Diversity Visa Program and not "Green Card Lottery." An applicant must have filled in a form for it in advance. Furthermore, the registration for it is free of charge. Fraudsters would ask consumers to pay for the service in advance and/or give out their bank details on the phone. Fake web sites and spam e-mails with the same content have appeared during the last couple of months, as well.
Example: "This number has called me and told me I Have Won A Green Card Lottery - is that true or not? a user of Tellows.com reported. Patt answered "She (Amely Johnson) called me and told me I Won A Green Card Lottery and I have to pay $500. She even asked my VISA or Master Card number."
This is a warning of telephone spam and an attempt to provide help against it in the first place. Commenting spam phone numbers and methods online proved to be one of the most effective methods, as internet and telephone users will look up unknown numbers before taking any action.
The Tellows anti-spam website is available in about 20 countries in their respective languages and encourages users worlwide to share information about criminal phone spam methods. The phone number community makes it possible for consumers to enter comments on numbers, besides others, on www.tellows.de, www.tellows.com, www.tellows.co.uk, www.tellows.co.nz, www.tellows.fr, www.tellows.es and www.tellows.it. In this way, Tellows shall prevent consumers from being deceived.
Commercial registry: Magistrates' Court Leipzig HRB 26291, managing director: Stefan Rick.