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Phishing gang duping people in name of lottery
FTimes-STT Report, Jul 22
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A resident of Oulu managed to lose about 300,000 euros after he had responded to a scam text message which said he won a lottery, the police said. 
The man received a text message in April 2015 informing him of one million euro lottery win. 
He had been asked to send money in order to secure his winnings. The man then began, according to the police, sending money to registered accounts in England, Turkey, Cyprus, and Poland.
“The victim received phones calls from people who knew the man’s background information. He was even sent a band card in the mail and told that he would receive the pin code when he sent more money,” said Police Inspector Tapani Tasanto.
He sent approximately 350,000 euros abroad.
The man’s bank finally submitted the statements of continuing large remittances to the National Bureau of Investigation (KRP) Money Laundering Unit.
“We spoke to him then, and he could not believe it was a scam,” Tasanto said.
The police managed to stop two wire transfers of 40,000 and 15,000 euros respectively. 
The investigation has revealed a slew of account holders and other names. The police are currently investigating what can be found behind the names.
Just a couple of weeks ago, new lottery scam messages were sent to, among others, the Oulu police, a prosecutor and a judge.
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