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An Internet Scam to Avoid: The Lottery Phenomenon


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Lottery Phenomenon is the brainchild of a mysterious man, named only as Walter M. who claims to have some secret knowledge of the inner workings of the universe. This knowledge allows him the ability to select consistently winning lottery numbers, a gift that he is willing to share with anyone ready to spend $67 on his book. Walter has designed a website that details his numerous winnings as well as those of others that he has helped through a series of pictures and blurbs.Although it is tempting to believe this premise, several warning signs must first be examined. First of all, the pictures of Walter’s checks are clearly issued to different people, a fact that is easily discernible even though each name is blacked out. Walter, whose last name begins with an M, is supposedly pictured in the first photograph holding a check made out to a man with the last name of “Castro”. Clearly Castro does not begin with an M. While it is possible that Walter M. is a moniker, two things do not make sense: first, why use an initial for a last name when creating a moniker? And second, why picture a check that clearly discloses the real last name? However, even if this first photograph was to be ignored, each name in the subsequent pictures is different. There is Castro, another name that looks to be about five letters, beginning with a B or a D, and finally another identity, beginning with a C or a G, and is clearly much longer than either of the first two.

Another strange aspect of the Lottery Phenomenon is how positive the reviews on several blogs and review sites have been. One reviewer claims that the return rate for these books is a record low of 0.10%, this seems unbelievable because there has been no surge in lottery winnings across the country in recent months. Other than overwhelming success in using Walter’s methods nationwide, the only explanation for the low return rate is an equally low purchase rate. A less pleasant explanation could be that these reviews are faked and come from the same person. An interesting trend among these reviewers is that all of them are contributing “guests,” instead of trusted sources. Furthermore, most of the review sites that have positive reviews of the Lottery Phenomenon feature the same urgent prompt that pops up as soon as the window is closed, making sure that the right action was instigated by the user and if so, asking them to reconsider.

It would be wonderful if Lottery Phenomenon truly could give people the secret to winning large sums of money, however, as is always the case, when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. The strange discrepancies on the website, combined with the suspiciously anonymous reviews, and the numerous grammatical and spelling errors throughout all websites associated with Walter M., suggest that this phenomenon is nothing more than a shoddily staged hoax, not deserving of serious attention.

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