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Scratchie scam cards found in Perth mail

AAP logoAAP 25/09/2016

A scratch-card scam promising at least $235,000 in cash winnings is again doing the rounds, prompting warnings from West Australian authorities.

The two scratchie cards are contained in glossy travel brochures sent from Malaysia and one is always a winner.

The first prize is $US270,000, the second prize is $US180,000 and other prizes include luxury cruises.

But it's a scam, with the 'winner' instructed to phone the Malaysian company and pay fees into an overseas bank account to release the 'prize'.

WA's Consumer Protection says about 70 of the brochures, bound for Australian homes, were recently intercepted by Australia Post at their Perth Airport mail centre and fears others may have slipped through for delivery.

Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said those who respond will lose their money.

"The only winners in this scratchie scam are the scammers operating the bank account," Mr Hillyard said.

"Claiming the fake prizes may also involve verifying your identity and victims can be asked to send a copy of their passport and provide other personal information which may lead to identity theft."

The scam has been running for many years, and while the brochures and scratchies have the same look, the names of the holiday company have varied and include Thumbs Up Travel and Sentosa Traveling Group.

Tasmanian police issued a warning earlier this month after a 74-year-old man lost $2120 to the scam.

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