Bruce Hustwick isn’t fooled by claims that he won thousands of dollars but would like to warn others to be wary. Photo: MAX FLEET lot2101a
Bruce Hustwick isn’t fooled by claims that he won thousands of dollars but would like to warn others to be wary. Photo: MAX FLEET lot2101a

Winner of lotteries says no thanks

TWO American lottery organisations are telling Bundaberg man Bruce Hustwick he has won a total of US$33,000 – and he does not believe a word of it.

Mr Hustwick was surprised when he received two notices from companies in Kansas within three days telling him of his good fortune.

And all he has to do to claim the windfall was send each of them $25 and his credit card details, and the money would be winging its way to Australia.

The International Award Payment Centre wants to send Mr Hustwick US$15,000, while the North American Award Centre is holding US$18,000 for him.

Right.

But Mr Hustwick is concerned gullible people could be taken in by the professional-looking notifications he received this week.

“I play the European lottery and it costs me $25 every three months, but I haven’t had anything to do with anything in America,” he said.

“I’m retired, not stupid.”

Mr Hustwick said he had no idea how the scammers got his name and address.

“The trouble is the notifications don’t look cheap and nasty – they’re very official looking.”

“The moment I saw they wanted a $25 fee I knew something was not right, especially since they wanted credit card details.

“People are getting done – if you don’t enter a raffle, how can you win it?”



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