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Man travels 1,000 miles to claim fake prize

Man Travels Over 1,000 Miles For Fake Lottery Jackpot

According to the BBC, an unemployed villager traveled more than 1,000 miles for a prize that never existed. Ratan Kumar Malbisoi, 41, got a text message informing him that he had won a jackpot prize of 20-30 million rupees (about $319-$478 thousand dollars). Malbisoi borrowed money to make the journey, only to find out the money never existed.

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sulandherb February 10 2014 at 12:14 PM

What a bunch of nasty people on here.

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Kate sulandherb February 10 2014 at 1:12 PM

Unfortunately, yes.

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laferiabil February 10 2014 at 12:10 PM

Track down the individuals that scamed him and charge them with Breech of contract! Make them come upwith the prize they offered or go to Jail for a long time. One or two times this happens and this scam will cease to happen. Thives only do things that make them money when the Money stops the scam stops. It is unfortunately the lesser educated people who are victims of this sort of thing and those are the people who can least afford to lose!!

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myliu888 laferiabil February 10 2014 at 12:16 PM

You failed to understand the local laws. It is not as easy as you think.

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Joyce laferiabil February 10 2014 at 12:34 PM

I fail to see what the scammer has to win by this man travel to claim nothing?

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ae12wrangell February 10 2014 at 11:55 AM

This sounds a ot like the movie 'Nebraska'. In 'Nebraska', Bruce Dern's charachter 'thinks' he just woon a million dollars. So it's off to Omaho to get it. He has to walk there, stops at a cemetery with his wife, who is now driving him. Pay thier respects to her sister 'What a *****', and continue.

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Laura February 10 2014 at 11:18 AM

Many years ago my mother, who always entered the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes was duped into believing she had won. They contacted her and requested that she draw a map showing exactly where her house was on the block. She got so excited and was so disappointed when she found out she wasn't a winner. What a crock!

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utfan February 10 2014 at 11:49 AM

I get these all the time. I just like saving them till Friday night, have a couple of Rum and Cokes and answering them with false info and rude comments to give the scammers hope.

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liind7 February 10 2014 at 11:59 AM

When ever I get a text or email like that, I usually respond with "take the money and shove it up your a$$. Hardly gets them now. Its unfortunate people still believe this crap.

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AMERICASMUSEUM February 10 2014 at 11:33 AM

We receive hundreds of emails per month with "lottery" and "compensations".
All of them are forwarded to the spam addresses of the internet server.

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geralddiamnd February 10 2014 at 11:35 AM

The operative is he was astute enough to have a device that would transmit a text message and he had the wherewithal to decipher said message. Reader Beware!

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geralddiamnd February 10 2014 at 11:36 AM

Sounds like a great ad for the movie "Nebraska"

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lorepod February 10 2014 at 12:12 PM

Ever hear what TV preachers promise if you send them money? If a stockbroker made those kinds of claims, he would be in prison for 20 years.

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Lynda lorepod February 10 2014 at 12:46 PM

Even intelligent, educated people still believe in god(s), so it's not hard to imagine how this poor "villager" got sucker-punched. I usually don't feel sorry for people dumb enough to fall for such scams, but I kind of feel sorry for this one. Live and learn.

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