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Harry Black is not giving you his lottery winnings; it’d put him in the red

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller

Don’t fall for Harry Black’s Lottery giveaway. If you do, you’ll be asked to give away a lot more.

The “Harry Black” lottery emails are phishing scams coming out of British Columbia. The emails claim Mr. Black, a Canadian who won the $31 million dollars double jackpot with identical lottery tickets, is going to share his lottery winnings with you. He won the lottery in April but waited until May to come forward to collect the prize, instead taking time to organize his personal business affairs.Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 10.14.43 AM

The warning to being a lucky recipient is you must contact Mr. Black at his email address harryblack89@*****.com.  Attempts to email Mr. Black at this address were foiled by my email service provider that declared it was an invalid address.

Do not respond to emails like these! They are scams designed to steal your personal  information to be used for identity theft.

You have to ask yourself – if this is true, am I one in a million or  one of a million people to receive these emails. When you account for all the emails that go out, if there were 31 million emails sent out, what percentage of the money would you be awarded? How about 300 million emails? Your chances of winning the lottery is about the same as getting money from a lottery winner.

Earlier this year, I reported on a couple from eastern Canada who was used in a similar scam. The couple was winners of the lottery ($11.3 million) and  had never made any promises to give away their winnings other than to local organizations and their children.


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All American Clearing House (866-785-5226) appears to be fraud lottery

By Robb Hicken/ chief storyteller

After All American Clearing House made numerous attempts to reach Boise resident Leo Brown by telephone, they finally sent him a letter telling him he was a grand prize winner: $290,000.

Fraudulent check from All American Clearing House

Enclosed was a check from Ridgetop Research in the amount of $4,857.75 he was to use to pay taxes, handling and process fees.

Mr. Brown was told to keep phone, file and check numbers  confidential and to call 866-785-5226 or 438-989-4518. His file number is PCH-84D-D856. He was also told call when he deposited the check. This check “must be deposited in your account only after speaking with your claims agent.”

In a veiled sort of way, Mr. Brown is told, by Gerald Webfield, CFO: “Please note that you have entered in the drawing and subsequently are obliged to receive your prize as indicated in the contract.”

The CEO for Ridgetop Reseach audibly moaned when BBB told him about the check. “Our identity was stolen,” Chip Emery says. “We’ve been getting calls like this from across the nation, and have passed the information on to law enforcement authorities.”

New York City-based Ridgetop Research is not associated with All American Clearing House, which gives an address of 87 Willow Dr., Ontario, CA N6E 1P1.

If Mr. Brown had cashed the check, he would have been told to send a portion of the money back via wire transfer to Canada to pay the taxes, and to keep the remaining amount. Once determined it was a fraudulent check, he would have had to repay the bank for the money taken, and face possible prosecution.


  • If you didn’t enter a contest, sweepstakes, drawing or prize award, you can’t win. Lottery tickets are purchased, sweepstakes usually involve application paperwork, and government grant applications are thoroughly processed.
  • If you don’t remember entering, you probably didn’t.
  • They already have your information if you entered the contest, so application that asks for detailed personal information to retrieve the winnings is a scam.
  • If you are asked to forward a portion of the money from the organization, sender or to forward money to another company to pay the taxes, shipping, fees, etc., it’s a scam
  • You don’t pay to collect winnings. In legitimate cases, shipping and other fees are taken out of winnings before the prize is sent. Taxes on winnings are handled with the IRS.
  • It’s a scam, if the name on the check does not match the name of the company or person the consumer is dealing with.
  • Foreign lotteries are illegal in the United States.


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