Adriana and her friend had the kind of problem we all dream of, particularly when huge lottery jackpots fill the headlines. Adriana’s friend had a winning lottery ticket, but she wasn’t in the country legally.
At least, that’s how the complicated flimflam began last week. In the end, “Adriana” and her friend bilked a Georgia woman out of $2,800 in cash.
As a country, we’re increasingly suspicious of each other. Candy from strangers? No, thanks. A surprise inheritance from Abu Dhabi, via email? Delete. But the opportunity to get a piece of a big lottery prize, or even to assist in someone else’s good fortune. That’s a scam we’ll walk into with the best of intentions.
Lottery scams are among the most popular schemes, according to the Better Business Bureau. And they spike the morning after a big jackpot drawing, like the nearly half-billion Powerball prize Saturday night.