Web scam circulating
Internet fraud artists are now trying to scam victims out of their money by using the Beijing Olympics as a base.
Vernon RCMP report several people have received e-mails from something listed as the Beijing China Head Office: Mailpost Courier Delivery Service, informing them that “they have been officially cleared for payment by the Beijing China Olympic Price Award Department, at the headquarters of the Lottery International.”
“This just screams scam,” said Vernon RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk.
The letter writer informs the recipient that they can receive one of three payment options, as listed in the e-mail, but the recipient has to attach a scanned copy of either a driver’s licence, international passport (the photo page) or any other legally identifying document.
“It’s Internet fraud,” said Molendyk. “Anytime someone asks for your personal information, it’s likely to be a scam.”
Recipients are also asked to keep their winnings confidential “in order to avoid misconduct in the remittance of your funds.”