Contact: Olha N.M. Rybakoff, Deputy
Phone: (302) 577-8513
Date: August 30, 2002
GAMING SCAM ALERT
Attorney General's Office Warns Consumers to Beware
(Wilmington, DE): Delaware Attorney General M. Jane Brady wishes to inform Delawareans about an alert
she recently received from Nevada Attorney General Fankie Sue Del Papa regarding a gaming scam.
Individuals falsely claiming to be agents of the Nevada Gaming Control Board or Nevada Gaming Commission have been contacting citizens throughout the country in an effort to scam people out of thousands of dollars. Recent victims have complained that individuals representing themselves as agents of the Commission have contacted them for the purpose of advising the victim that s/he has won a large cash prize, usually in the millions of dollars. The "agent" then informs the victim that in order to collect the prize, the winner must first wire funds, ranging from 1% to 31% of the prize amount, to the "agent". An investigation is currently underway in Nevada as well as Canada where the scam originates.
According to Chief Keith Copher of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, "this scam is being pulled all over the country including the East Coast. Nevada authorities are working with Canadian authorities to track down those responsible for the scam." Questions or inquiries should be directed to the Nevada State Gaming Control Board, Enforcement Division, (775) 486-2020.